A call for a paradigm shift toward nature in Hamilton Ontario
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A patch of scorched earth at Princess Point, Hamilton ON, after a prescribed controlled burn conducted for the Royal Botanical Gardens. The annual fire helps native plant life gain a foothold over invasive species, fire being a natural part of the ecosystem that now needs human intervention to strike the match of regeneration.
I found it strangely beautiful, the scent of the old fire and the way the earth looked alive in a new way.
We're heading back out to share the history of this former floodplain/nature sanctuary, and take a look at the rehabilitated future of this contested site in McMaster's west campus. Can we really depave Paradise? It's happening!
We're going on a hike to introduce McMaster students (and any other interested participants) to this former RBG Coldspring Valley Nature Sanctuary and coldwater creek floodplain - currently a parking lot - to examine the past, present and future of this place that is undergoing an important ecological transformation.
Tour Leaders Dan Coleman (English Professor and author of Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place)Randy Kay (Restore Cootes)Judy Major-Girardin (School of the Arts)