Most noteworthy successes of the early years:

Our major projects included the following initiatives:

Please click in the title for detailed description of the project:


2012 Wildlife Habitat Structures for an Urban Watershed
Supported by: Earth Day Canada Community Environment Fund 2012 and Sobeys.
Under this program participants in BCCP events and programs were able to construct and install 396 wildlife habitat structures. These included 270 toad abodes, 50 song bird nesting boxes, 45 tern nesting shelters, 6 bat boxes and 25 bee condos. In order to build these structures the BCCP held one large community event and 5 partner based biulding programs. Over 400 people attended these events. In addition, volunteers planted over 1,000 native wildflowers at 2 locations along the Black Creek watershed in order to improve local habitat and plant diversity. During the year BCCP held three nature walks, taking almost 200 youth out into their local parks to look for signs of wildlife in our city and to assist with installing some of the habitat structures.

During the project the BCCP developed several new partnerships; BCCP volunteers assisted in building 45 new tern nesting shelters. The materials for these shelters was donated by Toronto Waterfront Parks and the completed shelters were returned to Waterfront Parks staff so that they could be installed on a new tern nesting raft along the Toronto Harbourfront! The BCCP also partnered with the TRCA to assist in the Richmond Hill Mill Pond Splash event for 2012. At this event, local Richmond Hill residents participated in building 90 new toad abodes which were later installed in green spaces along the Black creek.


Bee Hotel
    

     Building toad abodes

Installing toad abodes

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2010-2012 Downsview Dells Community: An Action Program for Stormwater Control
Supported by: EcoAction, Environment Canada. (EcoAction)
Project started in the summer of 2010 and ran to the Spring of 2012.
This project focused on undertaking environmental projects in and around Downsview Dells Park.
In total we planted 8,000 trees, shrubs and wildflowers protecting over 2.7 hectares of riparian shoreline and habitat. Volunteers built and installed over 210 song bird nesting boxes.
Over the 2 years of this project the BCCP engaged an estimated 5,000 student and community residents. Other events conducted included various nature walks, invasive species control projects and trash clean-up operations.


1990 - 1991 "Black Creek Rehabilitation Project"- a joint project with Conservation Council of Ontario (CCO).
Supported by Environmental Partners Fund (Environment Canada) - BCCP Project No: Ont-0038 and CCO Project No: Ont-0040,
summer work programs supported by Environmental Youth Corps (Human Resources Development, Canada).
Project Summary:
Work focused on erosion control (25 sites), reforestation (3000 trees and shrubs), and habitat enhancement at 4 sites : Edgeley, North of Lawrence at Queens Drive, Trethewey, and Lavender Creek. In May of 92 consultants delivered the "Ontario Hydro Right-of-Way Site Design" (engineering study for planned wetland at the site).

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1992 April to end of 1994: "Black Creek Improvement Project"
Supported by Environmental Partners Fund (Environment Canada) - Project No: Ont-0243, Environmental Youth Corps Program (Ministry of Natural Resources, Canada),
Global ReLeaf, Laidlaw Foundation, Kodak Canada, City of York, Community Wildlife Improvement Program (MNR)
Project Summary:
Work focused on renaturalizing the channelized portion of the creek, erosion control, and wetland creation to provide wildlife habitat and enhance biodiversity.
During the course of the project 11,300 trees, shrubs, and aquatic plants were planted by over 1,300 volunteers.
In 93 September the Trethewy (North of Eglinton East of Black Creek Drive) Wetland opened.
In 94 the "Wildlife Enhancement" subproject created the Hydro Right-of-Way Wetlands (0.5 km N of Steels, West of Jane).

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1995 March to end of 1999 "Adopt a Stream"program name changed to "Caring for Your Watershed"in 95 September.
Over its lifetime supported successively by Environment Canada Action 21 Program (Project #: ONTA024) and EcoAction2000 Community Funding Program (Environment Canada, Project # ON-10-029). Received contributions from Community Foundation of Greater Toronto, Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation, Great Lakes Renewal Foundation, Laidlaw Foundation, and Global ReLeaf .
Project Summary:
The program focused on three main components: regeneration - to rehabilitate wildlife habitat, education and the development of long lasting partnerships - to empower the community to undertake their own rehabilitation project, and advocacy - to promote the Black Creek Watershed as a place for environmental change.
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1996-97 Black Creek Channel Renaturalization Study
Funded by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Laidlaw Foundation.
Project Summary:
In 1999 February consulting engineers delivered the document: "Black Creek Channel Naturalization Feasibility Study (Rockcliffe Boulevard to Jane Street)"

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2000 to 2001: "Clean the Creek" Program
Supported by EcoAction (Environment Canada, Project # ON-12017), The Ontario Great Lakes Renewal Foundation.
Project Summary:
Over the two years, the Black Creek Conservation Project has carried out a total of 122 community outreach events and activities under this program.
Accomplishments included:

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2002 to 2004: "Partnerships in Restoration" Program
Supported by The Ontario Trillium Foundation (Government of Ontario, Grant ID #9913248).
Project Summary:
This program has helped to create competent, stable, and motivated environmental stewardship groups throughout the watershed. Many of the key partners involved in this project have become more independent in their Black Creek and environmental stewardship roles.
Accomplishments involving 10,900 volunteers included: Return to Table of Contents


2006 to 2007 "Black Creek Restoration Coalition Project"
Supported by EcoAction (Environment Canada, Project # ON-24032).
Project Summary:
From extensive experience in delivering outdoor education programs to schools we have expanded the repertoire of our environmental subjects:

These new approaches resulted in longer term ownerships by community groups and local schools.
Accomplishments involving 6,500 volunteers included:

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2008 Spring: Chalkfarm Park - Native Wildflower Garden #1
Supported by: Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation - Community Grants Program
Project Summary:
A 40 square meter native wildflower garden, containing 1000 plants, was established at the north end of Chalkfarm Park (West side of Jane Street, North of Wilson Ave.).

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Education through Action on the Black Creek
Evolution of the Black Creek Restoration Coalition project of 2006-2008, ran from April 2008 to end of March, 2010.
Supported by: EcoAction.

Project Summary:
This project was designed to make use of our existing Black Creek Coalition of schools, community groups, and interested individuals in order to deliver a wide spread education program that is unique and interesting, primarily by being an active, hands-on program where those involved learn by doing.
The primary objective of this proposal was to strongly establish the Black Creek Conservation Project's Environmental Education programs in the community and local schools and communities. Over 2 years the BCCP involved more than 6,900 volunteers from 10 schools and numerous community groups in 170 environmental events along the Black Creek.

During these events the volunteers accomplished the following targets:
Planted a total of 7,466 native trees and shrubs and wildflowers. These plants now protect approximately 2,000 meters of stream bank and naturalized over 6.25 hectares of land. 25 cubic meters of wood chips were used as mulch to protect the planted trees and shrubs. This woodchip mulch was donated by local tree care firms and would have otherwise entered the local landfills.
Volunteers cleaned-up approximately 15 tonnes of garbage and debris from the Black Creek valley lands,
125 songbird boxes were built and installed and a maintenance program to ensure good repair of the network was initiated. The BCCP now has over 225 songbird nesting boxes along the creek.
The BCCP conducted several events to control invasive plant species: Efforts were focused in particular on European buckthorn invading our tree planting areas.

Our previous programs involved one school or community group at a time. New programs emphasized linkages between schools and community organizations and cooperation on projects that span larger areas of the watershed. From extensive experience in delivering outdoor education programs to schools we have expanded the repertoire and complexity of our environmental programs: These new approaches will lead to longer term ownerships and partnerships between community groups and local schools and between schools in different locations along the watershed. The intent is to create a sense of partnership and belonging and to foster independent stewardship by and between our cooperators.

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Mt. Dennis Community Project, ran from December 2008 to December 2009.
Funded by: Live Green Community Investment Program of Toronto

The project will be operating solely within the Mt. Dennis Community area of the Black Creek watershed. The area is bounded by:

This operating area falls into Live Green's West Toronto District.
Under the mandate of the Black Creek Conservation Project this neighbourhood falls within the bounds of the Black Creek watershed.

We will work with both school and community groups to undertake a range of environmentally based activities and education programs which include:

The Black Creek Conservation Project will partner with the Mt. Dennis Community Association and will also form partnerships with at least 3 public schools in the area.

Objectives of the project:

(Note: these are targets specific to Live Green Funding and are NOT counted in other on-going BCCP programs.)

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Riparian & Steep Slope Planting Program, ran from July 2008 to June 2009.
Supported by: Community Program for Storm Water Management (CPSWM)
Project Summary:

The Black Creek Conservation Project (BCCP) used CPSWM funds to meet objectives of the Wet Weather Flow Management Master Plan in regards to tree planting in riparian zones of the Black Creek for the purposes of intercepting rainfall and/or surface water-flow on steep slopes leading directly to the Black Creek itself. The project will enhance the local hydrologic cycle and reduce soil erosion potential on four (4) sites in the Black Creek watershed. The work will also enhance natural ecosystems by planting native woody plants.

The sites selected to be part of this project have been identified as priority sites in the BCCP's, "A Strategy for the Regeneration of Black Creek". Some sites have been identified as priority areas under TRCA's "Humber River Watershed Plan"(DRAFT 2008).

CPSWM funds were used to purchase 2,215 trees and shrubs for Black Creek planting projects on 4 sites: The BCCP conducted a total of 16 events that included trash cleanups and tree planting. A total of 2,200 tress were planted and 760 tree guards were installed. More than 460 volunteers contributed over 2000 hours of their time.
The City of Toronto, Recreation, Parks & Forestry Dept., supported these projects with the donation and delivery of wood chips for the purposes of mulching the planted trees.
York University Grounds Keeping donated woodchips for the York University planting at Stong Pond.

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Chalkfarm Park - Native Wildflower Garden #2. Spring of 2009.
Supported by: Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation - Community Grants Program.
Project Summary:
The project established a new native wildflower garden at the north end of Chalkfarm Park (West side of Jane Street, North of Wilson Ave.). This garden has an area of roughly 40 square meter and accommodates roughly 1000 native wildflowers and grasses. The plants selected for the garden were species common to the historical communities once found along the Black Creek.
Prior to rehabilitation work, much of the park existed as a heavily maintained monoculture of mown turf grass and provided little to enhance the ecological health of the Black Creek. The native wildflower garden plays a key role in the ecological improvement of this site by: Return to Table of Contents


Delivering Environmental Activities in Downsview Dells,ran from January 2010 - December 2011
Funding source: Live Green Capital Project Fund 2011. Webpage link to Livegreen
Project Summary:
The BCCP has recently completed a program to deliver environmental programs to schools and community groups throughout the Downsview Dells area of the Black Creek watershed.
Volunteers planted 1,415 trees and shrubs at 3 locations in Downsview Dells Park and nearby Giovanni Cabotto Park. The majority of this planting was designed to create new riparian buffer strips to protect eroding creek banks and wetland areas. An estimated 17 yards wood chip mulch, donated by Bruce Tree Ltd., was used to protect the newly planted trees and shrubs.
In order to increase bio-diversity in our planting areas 2,265 native wildflowers were planted alongside the trees and shrubs.
Student volunteers from several area schools built and installed 110 new song bird boxes at 4 locations along the Black creek, bringing the total number of nesting boxes monitored by the BCCP to approximately 350.
The 1,700 volunteers involved in the planting and bird box portions of this project also undertook to clean up over 3,000 kg of trash during 40 separate events along the Black Creek near Downsview Dells.

Project Location:
Downsview Dells Park area (Sheppard Ave between Jane St. & Keele St.)
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2011 Community Tree Planting Program for Stormwater Reduction in the Black Creek
City of Toronto. Community Program for Stormwater Management (CPSWM) Jan. - Dec. 2011.
Webpage link to Livegreen
With support from Toronto's CPSWM program, 1745 volunteers, mostly Mount Dennis area students were involved in planting 1,875 trees along the south end of the Black Creek. These trees and shrubs covered an estimated 3.5 acres and created approximately 350 meters of new forested, riparian zone along the creek. Additionally 9 yards of wood chip mulch and 450 rodent guards were put on and around these trees to protect them and ensure long term survival.
In addition to outdoor actuivities of planting trees and spreading wood chip mulch, the students were also involved in trash cleanup in the local parks and with in-class environment awareness programs delivered by the BCCP.

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