Jim has a successful record of conservation work within the Rouge Watershed. Between 1986 and 1990, Jim was Vice Chair and then Chair of “Save the Rouge Valley System”. In this volunteer role, Jim helped develop the Rouge Park vision and the public and government support which led to the 1990 creation of the Rouge Park. Between 1990 and 1996, Jim was a Vice Chair with the Ontario Environmental Assessment Board and a Niagara Escarpment Hearings Officer. In 1996, Jim left the EA Board and began building FRW into a group which could involve thousands of volunteers in the implementation of the Rouge Park vision. Over the last twenty years, FRW has involved more 50,000 community volunteers in the planting of more than 650,000 native trees, shrubs and wildflowers on 300 hectares of priority Rouge Park sites. Jim has also coordinated the creation of more than fifty-eight frog ponds and several significant wetland areas. This work is helping the Rouge Park to expand and reconnect Environmental Sensitive Areas. Jim continues to volunteer many hours to strategic watershed planning initiatives and efforts to protect a large Rouge Duffins Greenbelt Link between Lake Ontario and the Oak Ridges Moraine.
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