New Local Brewery wins Long Point Biosphere Sustainable Tourism Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 18, 2020                                                                    

New local Brewery wins Sustainable Tourism Award

The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation (LPWBRF) has named the Charlotteville Brewing Company the winner of the 2019 Sustainable Tourism Ambassador Award.

Brewery owners Melanie Doerksen and Tim Wilson were presented with the Award by LPWBRF President Rick Levick at the Norfolk County Economic Development Symposium in Simcoe on February 13.

“Melanie, Tim and their staff certainly ‘walk the talk” of sustainable tourism through their company’s core values and actions,” Levick told the symposium audience.  He said those values include:

  • Utilizing as much repurposed material as possible
  • Growing raw ingredients organically and/or purchase organic
  • Paying personnel a living wage so they can prosper
  • Striving to be as close to zero waste as possible
  • Serving artisanal beer and food that is as sustainable as it is delicious

Levick also cited how the company puts its values into practice.

  • 60 per cent of ingredients are grown on premises
  • 30 per cent of spent grains are used in food products
  • 70 per cent of the water used is recycled

The Charlotteville Brewing Company also received Norfolk County’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the symposium based on an entirely separate nomination and selection process, Levick noted.

For the past five years, the LPWBRF has presented this award to local businesses whose operations have achieved sustainable tourism goals by conserving the natural resources of the region and operating in an environmentally friendly way. As ambassadors, award recipients pledge to raise public awareness of how sustainable tourism can be achieved in the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve.

The Charlotteville Brewing Company has won the Long Point Biosphere’s 2019 Sustainable Tourism Ambassador Award. Biosphere President Rick Levick (left) presented the award to brewery owner Melanie Doerksen. staffers Emily Hoey and Mary Benedict and Melanie’s husband, Tim Wilson.                                                                                                                                  (photo courtesy of Norfolk County)

Past recipients of the award include:

  • Whistling Gardens in 2014
  • Bonnieheath Estate Lavender and Winery in 2015
  • Blueberry Hill Estates in 2016
  • Long Point Eco Adventures in 2017
  • Long Point Island Hugger Tours in 2018

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The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation promotes research, monitoring, community outreach and education, partnerships, and projects that support the goals of biodiversity, conservation and sustainable communities in Norfolk County. We exchange information and work collaboratively with the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association, as well as other biosphere reserves in Canada and around the world.

For more information. please contact Rick Levick at president@longpointbiosphere.com or 416-723-2910

 

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Cleaning Up Norfolk Joins Long Point Biosphere

Port Rowan, ON Nov 27, 2019: Cleaning Up Norfolk, a grassroots initiative to reduce the flow of plastic pollution into the Lake Erie Basin, has become part of the Long Point Biosphere’s efforts to protect biodiversity and promote sustainable communities through outreach and education.

Since the spring 2018, Cleaning Up Norfolk (CUN) has organized several community cleanups on beaches, trails and roadsides, and raised public awareness about the environmental threat of plastic pollution through social media and speaking engagements.

“We’re happy that the Long Point Biosphere has adopted CUN so that our volunteers can focus on doing the hands-on work necessary to change the way we use and dispose of plastics here in Norfolk County,” said CUN founder Holly Anderson, who has joined the Biosphere’s Board of Directors.

Through the CUN initiative, the Long Point Biosphere aims to help position the Norfolk community as a leader in ecotourism and stewardship of the environment. Other activities planned include:

  • raising funds to install multiple public water bottle refill stations throughout Norfolk community spaces, starting with Port Dover (eliminating the need to sell bottled water);
  • educating businesses about better practices for reducing plastic usage and operating in a more sustainable way, while helping to clarify legislation and build bridges between health and sustainability;
  • offering alternative services for Norfolk County community festivals to reduce their environmental impact.
  • launching “Eco-fest”, Norfolk County’s first ever, festival-style one day event celebrating our community’s relationship to Lake Erie from an ecological perspective.

As an example, Anderson said the CUN is currently working with the Port Dover Board of Trade to teach better practices, and has been well received.

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“The very positive public response to Cleaning Up Norfolk shows that people in Norfolk County are ready to shift to more sustainable and environmentally-conscious ways,” said Biosphere president Rick Levick.  “CUN’s plans align very well with the Biosphere’s mandate to protect biodiversity and promote sustainable communities.”

The Long Point Biosphere has a long history of working with other conservation organizations, community groups and the private sector to plant trees and tall grass prairie, reduce wildlife road mortality and promote and support sustainable tourism in its zone of cooperation, which includes all of Norfolk County.

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The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization that promotes research, monitoring, community outreach and education, partnerships, and projects that support the goals of biodiversity, conservation and sustainable communities in Norfolk County. We exchange information and work collaboratively with the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association, as well as other biosphere reserves in Canada and around the world.

Long Point Biosphere: Ontario’s first Priority Place for conservation investment

Join “Maya” the Blanding’s Turtle for a tour of her home in the south western area of Norfolk County that was chosen as a top priority for conservation investment by the federal government over the next three years.

Designated as the Long Point Walsingham Forest Priority Place, Maya’s home is one of 11 such Priority Places in Canada and the only Priority Place identified in Ontario to date.

The LPWF Priority Place includes the Long Point Biosphere’s core areas on Long Point and Backus Woods, its buffer zone that includes the Big Creek National Wildlife Area and Turkey Point marshes and its zone of cooperation in the southwestern portion of Norfolk County.

It was selected by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) because of its high biodiversity, large number of species at risk, the highly engaged local conservation community and the significant environmental threats. Since 2018 ECCC has been working with over 23 organizations to complete and implement a conservation action plan for the Priority Place.

As a Blanding’s Turtle that ranges from wetland to forest and field habitats, Maya can explain why her home is such a special place and the three top threats it faces. These include:

  • The invasive species, Phragmites australis (Common reed) is the number one threat to wetland biodiversity.
  • The loss of Tallgrass Prairie habitat, a critical part of our ecosystem that requires regular controlled burning to maintain.
  • Road Mortality: The number one threat to the many and highly diverse populations of reptiles and amphibians here.

But Maya also says there’s an opportunity to work with local farmers in supporting sustainable agriculture practices and reducing agricultural runoff. Much progress has already been made as farmers work with Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) program to sustain agriculture and natural spaces.

Research and conservation database

In addition to telling Maya’s story, the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation has collaborated with the Canadian Wildlife Service, Norfolk County, the local conservation community and universities to create and host a single “one stop” database for sharing research and conservation information about the Long Point Walsingham Forest area and all of Norfolk County.

Metadata available for download

The information in the mapping application above is available for download as various datasets in the hope that this info will be of use for projects of other conservation organizations.


The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation promotes research, monitoring, community outreach and education, partnerships, and projects that support the goals of biodiversity, conservation and sustainable communities in Norfolk County. We exchange information and work collaboratively with the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association, as well as other biosphere reserves in Canada and around the world.

For more information. please contact Rick Levick at president@longpointbiosphere.com or 416-723-2910.

Nesting Turtles Seeking Higher Ground

In addition to wandering onto Long Point roads, turtles are going to be looking for nesting sites in cottage lawns, gardens and driveways… where they can easily be found and predated by raccoons, possums and other varmints. 

The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve is again offering turtle nest protection covers on loan to folks who spot a turtle making a nest on their property. The nest covers are available from the gatehouse at the new Provincial Park and can be returned in early fall when the nests have hatched.  Park staff will take the names and contact info of people who borrow the covers and will provide an instruction pamphlet.

To read more about turtle nests and nest protection, click here.