October 2011 – News & Events

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Foodstock 2011 Honeywood, Ontario
“Nature is forever arriving and forever departing, forever approaching, forever vanishing;
but in her vanishings there seems to be ever the waving of a hand, in all her partings
a promise of meetings farther along the road.” (Richard Le Gallienne)
NANPS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
& FALL PLANT SALE

(Celebrating U.N. International Year of Forests)
Saturday October 22nd, 2011
12 – 5 p.m.
Council Chamber, Markham Civic Centre
101 Town Centre Blvd., Markham
Map
NANPS AGM is fast approaching. Lots of frivolity – guaranteed. Check out the schedule, though it’s subject to change, like the weather.
Well, it looks like a case of Can-con with all three winners of the Paul McGaw Memorial Conservation Award originating in Canada. The winners of the Award will be giving presentations:
The Meduxnekeag River Association (George Peabody)
Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy (Bob Barnett, Executive Director)

High Park Volunteer Stewardship Program and High Park Nature (Sharon Lovett, Chair)
But you’re going to have to hold your sweet breath of spring (Lonicera fragrantissima) as it is not native to North America, and wait and see who the Volunteer & Garden Restoration Awards winners are for 2011. Come out and find out.
We have a few different things this year: a remembrance for NANPS Honorary Director, Fred Case, Jr., and our friends from LEAF will have a display table.
And we have the usual AGM business: familiar faces, refreshments galore, silent auction, Year in Review, Restoration Updates, Financial finagling, and of course, elections. All are welcome, but if you would like to exercise your right to vote, you must be a NANPS member in good standing. It’s the perfect opportunity to renew your membership.
Psssst… want some seed?

Well, it’s very exclusive, available for members only through the NANPS Seed Exchange. We need to build up our supplies for the next exchange. Please bring seeds from your native plant gardens or from ethically-collected wild sources.
Details and guidelines. Questions?

Speaking of seed banks – just in…Time Capsule for Seeds

Project Baseline is an undertaking of a group of plant evolutionary biologists to spend the next four years collecting seeds that will be banked from five to 50 years. Researchers will then be able to draw on them to analyze how a species reacts to changes in their surroundings such as climate change, species invasions, and new land-use patterns. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation will prepare and store the seeds in liquid nitrogen and will cover costs. It will also accept seeds collected by non–Project Baseline researchers, if they follow its guidelines. In that way, they hope to greatly expand the scope of the effort. And the project may be able to dovetail with other collection efforts. The U of T Koffler Scientific Reserve in King City will be the anchor location for the Canadian effort.

Local land & water under siege
Our local habitat in southern Ontario is constantly under pressure from human encroachment and ensuing activities.
Melancthon Mayhem

For those of you who have been following the proposed Mega Quarry in Melancthon Township, a beautiful online book is available for viewing.

Escarpment Muse

Protect Malcolm Bluff Shores – Home of the Hart’s Tongue Ferns! If you value natural habitat, please keep this gem in mind. Think of it as a Ferniture Restoration Project for your year-end donation efforts (with your NANPS donation, too).

The rain falls lamely on the Moraine – because it isn’t protected!
On the 10-year anniversary of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM), Earthroots and Ontario Nature joined forces to shine a spotlight on the most severe threats to the moraine: unmonitored water taking, grandfathered development projects, illegal dumping of contaminated soil. This is southern Ontario’s rain barrel. Let’s push for a review of the Act before the scheduled date of 2015.
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