Be a steward of the land @ rare

February 19, 2009 at 6:15 pm Leave a comment

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A bit of background about rare:
Founded in 2001, rare is a stunning 370-hectare (913-acre) nature reserve located at the meeting of the Grand and Speed Rivers – right in the middle of one of the fastest-growing areas in Southern Ontario, Waterloo Region!

A registered charity created to sustain the land in perpetuity, rare conveys the message that everyone has a role to play in serving and nurturing our environment if we wish a future living in harmony with nature.

This parcel of land presents a unique opportunity to understand our environment – its role in our lives, our economies and even our survival.

For more information regarding rare you can view their website here.
Now what you can do to help rare:

Volunteers are required for the land stewards project at rare Charitable Research Reserve. This program, like many of the programs occurring at rare, will forge new partnerships between community members, local experts, and dedicated volunteers to build rare’s capacity to do work in restoration ecology, habitat conservation and community education.

Thanks to funding from Environment Canada’s eco action community funding program, rare was able to hire a land steward, Josh Shea,

“We’re thrilled to have Josh on board at rare. His education and work experience are real assets to our team, but what’s really important, and the reason I think he’ll be a great fit in our organization, is his attitude,” said rare executive director Patti Leather in a statement. “Josh is thorough, energetic, and passionate about his work and his other involvements speak to his well-rounded skills.”

Shea has been an environmental interpreter, is a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists, spends a great deal of his free time outdoors and is an avid birder. The land stewards project will take two years and is designed to increase the capacity of both the community and rare to protect the 913-acre reserve by combining restoration ecology and environmental education.

Volunteers will provide hands-on knowledge and necessary resources to implement and monitor restoration priorities that are critical to the ecological integrity of the reserve.

Volunteer land stewards will receive extensive training, participate in workshops and lectures and learn such topics as basic geography and hydrogeology of the reserve and surrounding area, basic ecological restoration (including what it is, why it’s done and some of the history of restoration at rare), water quality monitoring, tree and shrub identification, plant identification, and bird identification.

Using this information and knowledge, the volunteers will assist with restoration and monitoring projects, lead outings or hikes and provide valuable educational opportunities to their fellow community members. To become involved, call Josh Shea at 519-650- 9336 extension 113.

For more information regarding rare you can view their website here.



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