New Interpretive Sign Celebrates Great Nature Close to Home
A new interpretive sign is being installed at Mount Nemo Conservation Area celebrating this gem of the Niagara Escarpment. Created by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation in partnership with Conservation Halton, the sign highlights the stunning natural beauty and productive farmland of Ontario’s Greenbelt and the Niagara Escarpment at Mount Nemo.
Located on the Bruce Trail, the sign tells the story of the Nemo Plateau; its rich agricultural landscapes, distinct natural features, rare cliff species, and ancient trees. This stretch of the Niagara Escarpment provides vital habitat for a variety of wildlife including the iconic Turkey Vulture, Little Brown Bat, and even the region’s most famous species at risk, the Jefferson Salamander.
“Beautiful nature, productive landscapes, places to explore–Mount Nemo exemplifies all of these great Greenbelt features, making it a natural fit for an interpretive sign,” said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “This project informs the public and deepens their understanding of Mount Nemo’s rich natural heritage, a legacy for future generations, and an essential part of Ontario’s Greenbelt.”
Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr, Mayor of Burlington Rick Goldring, and Municipal Councillor John Taylor (Ward 3 Burlington), joined in the celebrations, showing their support for the Greenbelt, and its value in protecting special places such as Mount Nemo: from breath-taking views and world-class recreational opportunities, to clean water, fresh air and healthy local food, Ontario’s Greenbelt has a lot to offer for residents of Halton Region.
“Conservation Halton believes strongly in the importance of people having the opportunity to get active outdoors at our conservation areas as part of a healthy lifestyle,” said John Vice, Chair, Conservation Halton. “Mount Nemo Conservation Area features wonderful trails for people to hike and explore the Niagara Escarpment, an iconic natural feature in our region.”
Signage is an important part of the campaign to raise awareness about the Greenbelt. Since 2005, the Greenbelt Foundation has put up more than 380 signs including road signs, trail signs, lamp banners, plaques, and park signs in an effort to foster a better understanding of the reach and profile of Ontario’s Greenbelt.
About Mount Nemo Conservation Area:
Mount Nemo Conservation Area is located on Guelph Line in north Burlington, at the intersection of Colling Road. This park includes extensive forests and is one of the best examples of a cliff-edge ecosystem in Ontario. Mount Nemo is known for its boundless countryside views that span to Lake Ontario and the CN Tower in Toronto. It has 5 kilometres of trails for hiking, with connections to the Bruce Trail.
About Conservation Halton:
Conservation Halton is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores, and manages the natural resources in its watershed. The organization has staff that includes ecologists, land use planners, engineers, foresters, and educators, along with a network of volunteers, who are guided by a Board of Directors comprised of municipally elected and appointed citizens. Conservation Halton is recognized for its stewardship of creeks, forests, and Niagara Escarpment lands through science based programs and services.
About the Greenbelt:
Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, and a thriving economy with good jobs. At more than 1.8 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect and grow natural features. Join us! Learn more at: greenbelt.ca or find us on Twitter and Facebook.