Oakville mayor receives municipal conservation award
By Nathan Howes,
June 12 2017
Mayor Rob Burton has been recognized for his efforts in helping the Town of Oakville protect local green space.
Ontario Nature recently gave Burton the Lee Symmes Municipal Conservation award for his local environmental leadership.
The accolade is given to community leaders with a record of achievement in protecting and regenerating the natural environment within a community, which can be done through conservation efforts, plans or policies that encourage biodiversity and environmental stewardship.
Burton was the given the award for his role in the establishment of Oakvilles Natural Heritage System, which offers 900 acres of protected land for residents. Council also endorsed a goal to attain 40 per cent canopy coverage by 2047.
“Protecting and enhancing Oakville’s natural heritage is a key priority for our residents and for council,” said Burton, in a media release.
“I am deeply grateful to be recognized by Ontario Nature and thank (it) for its continued (support) in preserving our province’s natural beauty.”
The Oakville mayor has also advocated for environmental policies at all levels of government and serves as co-chair of Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt (MLGB) and previously sat on the board of Tree Canada, stated the release.
“Oakville’s natural heritage is an enormous part of our town’s livability – from a strong urban forest bursting with life to a pristine, publicly accessible waterfront,” said Burton.
“I am proud to work every day with my council colleagues, town staff and passionate Oakville residents to protect and enhance our natural heritage for future generations.”
Ontario Nature is a charitable organization representing more than 30,000 members and supporters and 150 member groups across the province.
It protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement.
by Nathan Howes
Nathan Howes is a reporter with the Oakville Beaver. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter and the Oakville Beaver on Facebook.