Bruce-Grey Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker joins others at the Peninsula Observation Deck for a cheque presentation and to take part in the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association’s Bayside Astronomy Program. (photo submitted)

OTF Seed Grant Helps Bruce Peninsula Eco-Adventures

The Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association is getting a financial boost.

The association has receiving a grant of $47,500 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for its new Wilderness Eco-Adventures program.

It’s a four-seasons endeavour designed to strengthen people’s understanding and commitment to environmental conservation while taking part in activities like hiking, biking, paddling or snowshoeing.

The grant will be used to help with staffing, marketing and administrative costs.

Association Chair Elizabeth Thorn explains, “In 2010, the Ontario Trillium Foundation supported the Biosphere Association to build community awareness of why and how to use dark sky friendly lighting fixtures to keep our skies dark – thus protecting wildlife, saving energy and ensuring we can enjoy the wonders of a star-studded sky.    Today, we are delighted with the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s support for our new Wilderness Eco-Adventures program. Through this program we will strive to deepen people’s understanding of the Northern Bruce Peninsula’s remarkable biodiversity and stimulate a desire to preserve it. We have one of the highest concentration of rare species in all of Canada. We need the public’s help to protect them and the habitats they depend upon.”

The Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association is a 15-year-old, not for profit, community-based, registered charity dedicated to implementing the concepts of UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves.

For more information, visit: www.bpba.ca