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Escarpment Centre Ontario Announces Prominent Supporters on Board for Project


  • Bob McDonald, Host of Quirks & Quarks, Weekly Science Series, CBC Radio Current Affairs
  • Rick Green, Co-creator, Director, Writer, Performer from the Red Green Show, History Bites on TVO and Prisoners of Gravity.
  • Dr. D.W. Larson, Cliff Ecology Research Group Director and professor of Botany at the University of Guelph
  • Todd Brooker, World Cup Downhill Skier and former Olympian is the Narrator of ECO's promotional video
  • Walter Tovell, Geologist, Author of Guide to the Geology of the Niagara Escarpment
  • Jennifer Prior, Sydenham Bruce Trail Club President
  • Jim Rainforth, Niagara Bruce Trail Club President
  • Steve Pepper, Huron Fringe Field Naturalists President
  • Grace Telfer, Peninsula Bruce Trail Club President
  • Bob Barnett, Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy Chair
  • Fred Young, Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club President
  • Scott Cameron, Canadian Friends of John Muir Director
  • Richard Edwards, Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Club President
  • Peter Krause, Conservation Ontario Chair
  • Jason Thorne, Coalition On the Niagara Escarpment Executive Director
  • Walter Crowe, Owen Sound Field Naturalists President
  • Jeff C. Hemming, National Trail Association of Canada President
  • Don Scott, Niagara Escarpment Commission Chair
  • Clive Card, Institute for Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies Principal
  • Ross Thomson, Parks CanadaSuperintendent
  • Jim Faught, Federation of Ontario Naturalists Executive Director
  • Linda Manchester, Saugeen Field Naturalists President
  • James Fortune, Ducks Unlimited Canada Director of Regional Operations, Eastern Region
Bob McDonald says, "The Escarpment Centre will be a focal point, offering an inside look at the many treasures of this natural wonder, treasures to be discovered by locals and tourists alike." Read More >>
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Rick Green backs the centre by remarking, "There is a danger to living all of your life in Ontario. It is the danger of taking this astonishing ecosystem for granted. Through both research and education, Escarpment Centre Ontario will actively preserve this natural wonder as well as celebrate its astonishing significance."
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Dr. LarsonDr. D.W. Larson "believes that the centre will become the single greatest focal point for all aspects of habitat preservation and use within the context of the escarpment."
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Todd Brooker, World Cup Downhill Skier, Former Olympian and Narrator of ECO's Promotional Video: "As a young boy, I grew up in Thornbury, Ontario located along the Niagara Escarpment. The local ski hills became my training ground that enabled me to become a world-class downhill skier. What I learned as an athlete helped to shape my life and career. Today, I still live in the area with my wife and three children. I made a quality of life decision to remain in the Thornbury area for various reasons. Therefore, I support ECO to ensure that the beauty and recreational aspects of the Niagara Escarpment remain preserved for my children to enjoy."

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Walter Tovell, Geologist, Author of Guide to the Geology of the Niagara Escarpment commented, "To roam the Niagara Escarpment, and explore its special environments, provides a unique opportunity to converse with the earth and learn of the importance of time."
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Sydenham Bruce Trail Club President, Jennifer PriorSydenham Bruce Trail Club President, Jennifer Prior:
"Over the past 35 years the Bruce Trail has been developed to provide a unique and fascinating way to explore the Niagara Escarpment on foot! With the building of Escarpment Centre Ontario the public will have a wonderful means to explore the Niagara Escarpment in a special way. Through a combination of fascinating educational programs and experiential displays, people of all ages and backgrounds will gain an overview of the Niagara Escarpment, its formation, geological and natural features and fascinating local history, all in a location that provides easy access to the Escarpment near a well established focal point on the Escarpment, Inglis Falls and its cluster of trails.

I am looking forward to the realization of this project for my own personal use and education as well as for the international and local community who will want to visit, learn and experience."

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Jim Rainforth, Niagara Bruce Trail Club President:
"Our Directors are supportive of your ambitious and potentially impressive interpretive centre and wish you every success as you move towards your objective."

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Steve Pepper, Huron Fringe Field Naturalists President:
Steve Pepper"I'm sure I join with other field naturalist clubs in this area and indeed all of Ontario wishing you furthered success with this worthwhile endeavour. It is so important in this day and age to protect the remaining significantly important areas of our natural heritage for the benefit and education of future generations as well as present generations. We, the members of the Huron Fringe Field Naturalists, are proud to play a small part in promoting this area and educating our members and the public in its importance."
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Grace Telfer, Peninsula Bruce Trail Club President:
Grace Telfer"The Peninsula Bruce Trail Club offers our whole hearted support to the Escarpment Visitor/interpretive Centre as one important educational and ecological resource for protecting the Niagara Escarpment and it would be a wonderful opportunity for environmental appreciation for students. The centre would also attract people from across North America providing valuable information for those visiting the mid and northern sections of Ontario's major geological characteristic and putting its ecological and cultural importance into context. The facility in Owen Sound is definitely needed.

Through the Escarpment Centre and their educational material the participating public, such as, school groups, families, seniors and tourists would become aware of the value and uniqueness of the Niagara Escarpment.

Please communicate to others the Peninsula Bruce Trail Club's support to this worth while project and we wish you much success in your fundraising efforts.

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Bob Barnett , Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy Chair:
"We support ECO's efforts to help visitors and residents understand the importance and sensitivity of the Niagara Escarpment. With that understanding, we hope more land will be set aside for nature and the benefit of future generations."
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Fred Young , Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club President:
"I am pleased to report that our club executive fully supports you plans to undertake this worthwhile project and to seek funding support from both public and private sources. We are prepared to provide whatever support we can within our means to your organization and your program. We wish you well in your endeavours."
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Scott Cameron , Canadian Friends of John Muir Director:
"It is with pleasure that we add our support for Escarpment Centre Ontario (ECO). Our volunteer group has expertise and experience in the delivery of programs that will complement the activities of ECO. You have our enthusiastic support. We will be happy to contribute what we are able."
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Richard Edwards , Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Club President:
"On behalf of the executive of the Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Club, I would like to express our support for the proposed Escarpment Centre. Such a centre offers a tremendous potential for educating citizens, especially young ones, about the ecological diversity and great beauty of the Niagara Escarpment. It's a great concept and we wish you success with your endeavour."
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Peter Krause, Conservation Ontario Chair:
"It is my pleasure to convey complete support on behalf of Conservation Ontario for the development of the Escarpment Centre Ontario (ECO) project. We are very excited about the opportunities this Centre will provide to the public. We agree with the importance of raising the public's awareness of the area in order to assist in preserving its beautiful and ecologically important natural features. Please pass our congratulations onto everyone who is involved in bringing this idea to fruition."
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CONE Logo Jason Thorne, Coalition On the Niagara Escarpment Executive Director:
"Protecting the Niagara Escarpment for future generations to treasure and enjoy is CON'ES primary objective, and Escarpment Centre Ontario will help achieve that. Through ECO, thousands of people from across Ontario and around the world will learn more about the Escarpment and become committed to its protection. The Niagara Escarpment desperately needs a focal point for education, appreciation and enjoyment, and ECO is it."
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Walter Crowe, Owen Sound Field Naturalists President:
Owen Sound Field Naturalists President, Walter Crowe"The Owen Sound Field Naturalists are following the progress of the Escarpment Centre with great interest. We were pleased to hear recently that ECO is proceeding with a fundraising drive, and we hope that this undertaking will be successful.With the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve designation for the Escarpment now more than ten years old, the time has come to celebrate and recognize the Escarpment's global significance. ECO would promote such recognition, while also educating thousands of Escarpment visitors about how to protect this globally significant landform. We wish you the best of luck with this exciting project."
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NTAC Logo Jeff C. Hemming, National Trail Association of Canada President:
"It is with considerable pleasure that I write, on behalf of the National Trail Association of Canada (NTAC), in support of Escarpment Centre Ontario (ECO). The vision of ECO is in keeping with that of the NTAC to preserve places of natural and historical value and foster interest in and encourage appreciation of our natural and cultural heritage by all Canadians.

The National Trail Association of Canada supports ECO as an integral part of understanding and preserving our environment. We wish you all the best in your endeavour and offer our support where possible".

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Don Scott, Niagara Escarpment Commission Chair:
"On behalf of the Niagara Escarpment Commission, I commend the City of Owen Sound for its Escarpment Centre Ontario (ECO) project. ECO would provide tremendous value as philanthropic investment for any funding partner. We appreciate your intent to extend the work of Escarpment Centre Ontario beyond the building itself. I refer particularly to the course material that you are developing for students and teachers, which you plan to make available throughout the Escarpment area and on your web site. We look forward to collaborating with you as the educational outreach portion of the project evolves. Let me take this opportunity to thank you for counting the Niagara Escarpment Commission among your friends and to wish you our very best for the greatest success!"

Clive Card, Institute for Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies Principal:
"There is a tremendous need for an interpretive facility that focuses on the Niagara Escarpment: its geology, its biology, and the human history connected to it. Eco would be a resource that not only serves the region, but the province, the country and beyond, as an archival repository for research dealing with the escarpment as a World Biosphere Reserve.
Through our mandate as an educational facility, we would be pleased to promote and use ECO in addition to any partnerships that support staff sharing & development, program development and site interpretation. In many ways, this process has actually already started at a volunteer level. In the long term, I see that the two facilities would complement each other greatly."
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Ross Thomson, Parks Canada Superintendent: "The greatest challenge we face in our efforts to live sustainably is to create awareness and understanding of what constitutes a healthy, natural environment. ECO will play an important role in creating that better understanding. I heartily support your efforts and wish you every success."
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Jim Faught, Federation of Ontario Naturalists Executive Director:
The Federation of Ontario Naturalists (FON) fully supports the Escarpment Centre Ontario and congratulates the organization for the work done to date to promote the preservation of the Niagara Escarpment. The Escarpment Centre will be a much needed focal spot for people to enjoy the internationally renowned Niagara Escarpment while learning more about its fascinating natural history.

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Linda Manchester, Saugeen Field Naturalists President: "The Saugeen Field Naturalists support the concept of a hands-on interpretive research centre by Escarpment Centre Ontario. It would be a welcome addition to the Niagara Escarpment. An interpretive centre that would make people appreciate and understand the Niagara Escarpment and its significance and importance to Canada and the world would make a valuable contribution in helping to protect one of Ontario's natural heritage."

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James Fortune, Ducks Unlimited Canada Director of Regional Operations, Eastern Region: On behalf of Ducks Unlimited Canada, I would like to commend the community of Owen Sound and associated project partners on the development of the Escarpment Centre Ontario interpretive facility. ECO will most certainly increase appreciation and support for conservation of the Niagara Escarpment and associated natural features of the region. Located a short walk from the Bruce Trail, ECO is sure to attract a large number of hikers, naturalists and other Eco-tourists to the Owen Sound area.

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