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Since the SNAP Action Plan brings forth the idea of community gardens, regenerative landscapes and tackling invasive species, would there be an openness to discussing regenerative foodscapes and “food forests?”
This idea can be explored if there is community interest. We encourage anyone who is interested in this idea to submit their feedback on Let’s Talk Hungry Hollow SNAP and/or reach out to Jennifer Spence, Climate Change Outreach Coordinator, Town of Halton Hills at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to connect with SNAP Project Team members from CVC and the Town.
Are there plans to connect the trails to Willow Park?
We are not aware of any plans at this time.
For those of us who back on to the ravine and see invasive species, what do you recommend for removal and replanting?
If you have invasive species in your own yard or aggressive garden plants, you can try to control them. Here’s a handy guide to identifying and managing common invasive species.
For replanting, many native plant nurseries that have good options for native plants. Here’s a guide to finding native plant nurseries.
For invasive species in the natural areas, you can get involved with local organizations who are looking for volunteers to get help with invasive species removal. The Hungry Hollow Collaborative has been doing the work for many years.
You can view Town of Halton Hills’ volunteer opportunities here: https://www.haltonhills.ca/Volunteer/index.php
Learn more about volunteering with Credit Valley Conservation at https://cvc.ca/learn-and-get-involved/volunteer/
Is the forested area protected from housing developments?
It is unclear which forested area is in question, however, most natural areas in the Hungry Hollow Ravine are protected by a number of designations including Greenbelt, Environmentally Significant Area, Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) and Provincially Significant Wetland complex (PSW) with parts of the valley and wetlands being part of the regular hazard lands.
Are there electrical poles down the Sergeant middle median? If yes, would this be reconfigured if the median is to be used for storm water swales?
Yes, there are electrical poles down the middle of that median. CVC is currently working with the Town to look at different options for that road. If we are to pursue a project there, we would take that into consideration. We will look at different options of low-impact development features and different ways of designing low-impact development features to accommodate that and there may also be options for shifting some of those poles around there. We would look at all the options to see what’s the most budget-friendly and what would work most appropriately with the design that we pursue in collaboration with various experts.
I belong to a local community group and would like to get involved with a project in the neighbourhood. How do I initiate this?
We have heard from many community groups since the start of the project and we welcome more groups and individuals to get in touch with us. An engaged community is an integral part of a successful SNAP and the more partners we have working together, the more we can achieve.
Please mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can set-up a time to connect with you further and talk about what you have in mind.
Is there a way that businesses along Guelph St. can be involved?
The draft Action Plan proposes several ways that businesses in the neighbourhood can get involved. These are found under "Goal Four: Resilient Homes and Businesses" and include ways for businesses to contribute to the project both on/near their own properties and in the community more broadly. This list of actions will be further refined using feedback that we receive from the public and other stakeholders, and implementation is scheduled to commence in 2021.
Learn about Town of Halton Hills’ Partners in Sustainability Program
How do I join the Hungry Hollow Collaborative?
Several organizations have been working together on invasive species removal and habitat restoration projects as part of the Hungry Hollow Collaborative. Since 2010, stewardship volunteers and contractors have removed invasive species and planted 2,191 native trees and shrubs in and near Hungry Hollow. The following organizations have contributed funding, staff time, expertise and resources to this work:
The work of the Hungry Hollow Collaborative is currently on hiatus as future projects will tie in with the implementation of the Hungry Hollow SNAP Action Plan.
Does the Town monitor landowners dumping material over the fence into the natural areas of Hungry Hollow? If so, does the Town speak with the landowners to clean up the dumping?
The Town does not actively monitor for dumping but will respond if it receives a complaint from a resident. If a resident has a concern, they can contact By-law at 905-873-2600 and they will investigate.
Are you working with the Town to address tree removal?
The Town is currently working on a Privately-Owned Tree Management Strategy. This Strategy will identify tools to best manage trees. The strategy is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020. To learn more, visit the project page on letstalkhaltonhills
How do I find out who these community groups are?
There are many active local community groups in the area, including Willow Park Ecology Centre, Halton Environmental Network, Halton/North Peel Naturalists Club, and Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources (P.O.W.E.R.).
If you are a member of a local organization and would like to connect with the SNAP, please email email@example.com
What is the anticipated timeline of implementation?
Implementation of the actions outlined in the Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan are anticipated to begin in early 2021, pending approval of the plan by CVC’s Board of Directors and Town of Halton Hills Council in late 2020. The first period of implementation (anticipated as 2021-2023) would focus on advancing priority actions and laying the groundwork for more complex projects that may require longer timelines to complete.