2010 recipients of The Cottage Life Environment Grant
Who won our 2010 grant
Cottage Life is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2010 Cottage Life Environment Grant. We were delighted with the number of proposals submitted and with their evident passion for preserving cottage country’s natural environment. They included the installation of photovoltaic panels, removing toxic boathouses, repairing erosion, and creating educational websites. We are happy to award two initiatives with funds towards their environmental projects. They will both have a large impact and long lasting, measurable effects.
Cyndy and Bryan Broughton, White Lake, Trent-Severn
This couple proposed to naturalize a shoreline of 965 feet on their lake which is dramatically affected by a dam. Water levels fluctuate up to 1.5 metres, leading to soil erosion and increased sedimentation in the water. The Broughtons requested funds to purchase native species (including white cedar and red osier dogwood) to plant along the shoreline. They will also place locally sourced stone to provide animal habitat and reduce further erosion. Who will do all the work? The Broughtons are putting themselves and their family to work, and hiring local contractors as needed.
Selection Panel comments: We were pleased to receive several applications for shoreline restoration projects. By providing sustainable habitat, cottagers can improve the health of not only a lake but an entire ecosystem, from tiny underwater creatures to butterflies, plant species, fish, and birds. What made this project stand out, the selection panel said, was the opportunity for a large impact because the proposal covered a particularly long shoreline. They were also impressed that the Broughtons intend to do the bulk of the work themselves, and that the couple conducted extensive background research to figure out exactly what work and funds would be required.
Haliburton Highlands Stewardship Council, Head Lake
This application also proposes to restore and enhance shoreline through the planting of native species. The village of Haliburton is located on Head Lake, which is the headwaters for a five-lake chain. At this public shoreline, road runoff and nitrates from a large goose population currently affect the water quality and native walleye population. With limited shelter at the water’s edge, few animals can live there. Implementing the naturalization project will remediate the site, improve water quality in the vicinity and throughout the watershed, and provide animal habitat. The area also contains a children’s park, gallery, tourism centre, trail and public dock, and is visited by many people over the summer, making it an excellent demonstration site for the community.
Selection Panel comments: Not only will this project help improve water quality and habitat, the selection panel supports the group’s plan to use this project as an educational and inspirational opportunity for local cottagers. Restoring a natural haven in the heart of this community will give wildlife a rich and healthy home, and will show cottagers what they gain: cleaner water, and a shoreline that’s not only beautiful but brimming with life.
Meet the Selection Panel
- Bev Clark is a scientist who focuses on lake health and aquatic biology. Many cottagers know him from his years of work with the Ministry of the Environment and its Lake Partner Program. Bev is currently working as an environmental consultant at Hutchinson Environmental Sciences in Bracebridge, Ont.
- In 2002 David Masters, driven by his passion for the outdoors, started Lunatic Adventures Inc., a wilderness guiding company. Three years later, in an effort to live a more environmentally aware lifestyle, David moved his home and office from the busy city of Toronto to the quiet countryside of St. George, Ont. David built a yurt, installed solar panels, a wind turbine, a composting toilet, and opened up his home as a model in sustainable living; thus evolved The Luna Project. The interest generated by David’s alternative lifestyle soon lead to the construction of a multi-use classroom yurt and the creation of an alternative learning centre.
- Leslie Garrett is an author, journalist, and mother of three children. She writes a syndicated column, The Virtuous Consumer, which appears regularly in newspapers throughout North America, and a blog of the same name. The Virtuous Traveler, her column on sustainable travel, runs in The Toronto Star and on the web site of CBS travel correspondent Peter Greenberg. Her book, The Virtuous Consumer: Your Essential Shopping Guide for a Better, Kinder, Healthier World (and one our kids will thank us for!) was released in July 2007 and won The Green Prize.