Rethinking Stewardship

Creating such a Master Plan would have been a challenge for a diverse group even if there had been no history and no development in the Valley. That is not the case. The presence of the Red Hill Parkway is only the latest and most obvious human intrusion.

Over the course of the past two hundred years, the Valley has been farmed; the Creek, which drains nearly a quarter of Hamilton’s watershed, had been channeled into becoming part of the City’s storm sewer system; the effects of industrial pollution, human settlement and invasive species had permeated every part of the Valley.

Every part of the Valley has been affected by human development. It is impossible to take a single handful of soil or any plant material or water that is not affected by the development within the Valley.

While Hamilton has accomplished much in the area of environmental restoration, the rate of growth predicted for this region can only make matters worse.

The JSB has chosen to be an advocate for change, utilizing the Internet, the Environmental Resource Centre, outdoor educational programming and development of environmental models that place Indigenous knowledge and practice in the forefront.