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19 The Great Outdoors Peaceful and Beautiful, Co-existence Horizon Utilities was honoured in 2014 with the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s (NPCA) Award of Merit for its innovation and environmental consciousness. A unique collaboration with the NPCA along Twelve Mile Creek helped ensure the reliable and safe distribution of electricity and the enhancement of the natural landscape. Safely maintaining an electricity distribution corridor through Twelve Mile Creek had involved aggressive tree trimming and vegetation control. The result was unsightly for those hiking through the area, especially in the springtime. Horizon, the NPCA and Ontario Power Generation worked together to renew the landscape, removing invasive species and planting low-lying native plants that would not interfere with the electrical infrastructure. The pilot resulted in a lower maintenance utility corridor and a more attractive setting. The plants also increase biological diversity and provide a quality habitat for wildlife. The hope is the project will be replicated in other natural areas. A ‘Winging’ Partnership In addition to our annual participation in the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour initiative, Horizon Utilities employees marked Earth Day 2014 by partnering with Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) on a unique ecological restoration project to attract wildlife and increase biodiversity. Horizon employees helped plant 50 New Jersey Tea plants and 150 native shrubs and wildflowers at the McNally property on the Bruce Trail in the Waterdown area. The goal was to support the native Mottled Duskywing butterfly, which is declining in Canada. The plantings are to help the butterfly population stabilize by enhancing the habitat. Over the last six years, Horizon and BTC have expanded their partnership. Horizon has donated funding for educational signage, and its employees have volunteered to plant trees and remove invasive species. 50 New Jersey Tea plants 150 native shrubs and wildflowers Employees planted trees in honour of Earth Day on the Bruce Trail


2014 Sustainability-based Annual Report
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