Local students celebrate a summer of helping the environment
McGuinty Government And Partners Fund Local Stewardship Projects
Forty-one students from across the Greater Toronto Area are celebrating a job well done after a summer of building hiking trails, improving habitats and removing invasive species in their communities.
The young people were hired by local stewardship councils of the Ministry of Natural Resources Ontario Stewardship program with funding from the ministry's youth programs office, provincial Lake Simcoe protection funding, and sponsor partners that included local municipalities and conservation authorities.
The Ontario Stewardship Ranger Program employs 17-year-olds across Ontario for eight weeks in the summer to work with conservation groups and public agencies on community-based environmental projects.
The stewardship rangers in the Greater Toronto Area completed more than 80 projects. They worked in regional forests in Halton and York; in urban areas, such as Brampton and Newmarket; along the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Simcoe; on Georgina Island with First Nations youth, and in many other locations.
- The Ontario Stewardship Ranger Program has employed 195 students in the Greater Toronto Area since 2001.
- Funding partners in the Greater Toronto Area have contributed about $600,000 to the program since 2001.
- Students work in teams of four rangers and one team lead.
“The Ontario Stewardship Ranger Program benefits the communities as well as the students who take part. By working with conservation partners, these young people help improve their local communities, learn about environmental issues, and gain valuable skills and experience.”