EcoSpark launches new volunteer project with OTF grant to protect Toronto public greenspaces from invasive plant
Toronto—October 20, 2018
On Saturday, Toronto-Danforth MPP Peter Tabuns presented EcoSpark with a plaque to mark the work done as a result of receiving a $45,700 grant from OTF in 2018. Over 30 volunteers were on site at Beechwood Wetland in East York testing an innovative technique to manage the invasive Phragmites plant with EcoSpark. The environmental charity launched this citizen science research project in collaboration with the City of Toronto’s Park, Forestry & Recreation Division and Humber Arboretum. Joyce Chau, EcoSpark’s Executive Director, discussed this new project and its expected impact in the community.
“This investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to support research for environmental protection is great news for the health of our parks and ravines. There are many in the community who will benefit from protecting natural areas along the picturesque Lower Don Valley Trail for the enjoyment of all.” – MPP Peter Tabuns, Toronto-Danforth
"We are grateful to Ontario Trillium Foundation for their vital support of environmental stewardship in Toronto. With our partners, we can now provide citizen science training to manage the aggressive invasive Phragmites in community greenspaces.” – Joyce Chau, Executive Director, EcoSpark
Photo Caption: MPP Peter Tabuns presented an OTF plaque to EcoSpark Executive Director Joyce Chau at Beechwood Wetland for a grant to support invasive species research.
Photo Caption: Phragmites researcher Lynn Short trains volunteers to remove invasive Phragmites in Toronto greenspaces.
Photo caption: Steve and Laila Abrams volunteered with EcoSpark's invasive species research project at Beechwood Wetland, along the Lower Don Trail in Toronto.
For more information:
Joyce Chau, EcoSpark: (647) 258-3280 x 2005, email@example.com