Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
320 Chippewa Rd, Muncey ON, N0L 1Y0
The Chippewas of the Thames First Nations is a community supporting hundreds of acres of wildlife habitat, consisting of mature woodlands including wet woods and swamps, open savannas. Several species of rare wildlife and plants find their home here. We will visit a significant prairie and riparian habitat along the relatively shallow Antler River (Thames) which snakes through the community. http://www.cottfn.com/
SAVE: Saving nature as the backbone for healthy communities & planning for 7 generations
How do ancient local ecosystems and natural capital hold the key to a green future – for environment, community and economy? This community is a critical leader for protecting biodiversity and Mother Earth, as well as, working with Carolinian Canada on a Healthy Landscape Strategy for habitat investment with many community partners. On site, we will explore how communities can work together for healthy landscapes.
ALUS Middlesex is a non-profit, farmer-delivered organisation established in 2017. ALUS Middlesex works alongside local farmers to establish ecological projects. In essence, we are taking environmentally sensitive, marginal lands out of agricultural production and appointing them to the production of cleaner air, cleaner water, increased wildlife habitat and other ecosystem services. This tour will visit a future ALUS site, where a 30-foot tall grass prairie riparian buffer is to be planted along the Thames River that will help filter water, reduce erosion, sequester carbon, and provide wildlife habitat for species at risk. https://alus.ca/
STEWARD: Stewarding productive landscapes & improving sustainable landowner benefits
How is nature good for your bottom line? With ALUS we will discuss innovative ways to grow local to protect productivity; improve climate resiliency; save water; and scale-up healthy habitat.