The Ancaster Horticultural Society’s monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday January 21st, 2014 at 8:00 pm at the Ancaster Old Town Hall (300 Wilson Street).  A coffee and tea refreshment social begins at 7:30 pm  followed by the meeting at 8:00 pm.

The Society welcomes Ms. Jen Baker and her presentation is: The Cootes to Escarpment & Dundas EcoPark Projects.

The Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System is a collaborative initiative to protect, restore and connect almost 1,900 hectares (4,700 acres) of natural lands at the western end of Lake Ontario. This is one of the most biologically rich areas of Canada, home to nearly a quarter of the country’s wild plants and more than 50 species at risk. It is also the last intact ecological connection between Lake Ontario wetlands and the Niagara Escarpment. Jen Baker will describe the development of the EcoPark System, the incredible species that are found there, the threats the area faces, the work of the partners to protect and restore environmentally important lands and opportunities for the community to be involved.

Ms. Baker has been a volunteer with the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club (HNC) for over 10 years and has served as the only staff person since 2008. As the Land Trust Coordinator, she works to secure natural lands for permanent protection and helps to steward the HNC’s nature sanctuaries with a focus on protecting species at risk. She also coordinates the HNC’s popular hands-on educational program that teaches students about local wildlife and gets them out in nature. She also works on securing important natural lands with the Hamilton Conservation Authority. Prior to joining the HNC, Jen worked at Ontario Nature for almost 10 years in a variety of roles, including Boreal Program Manager and Nature Network Manager.

All are welcome to attend monthly meetings. Admission is free. Registration is not required.

For more information contact Christine DeMarco at 905-648-5134.