What can you do to promote a Healthy Environment in Pickering?
Actions that any resident, student, or business owner can take:
Participate in Pickering's Tree Dedication Program.
Report illegal dumping through the City's Eyes on the Street Program.
When you use conservation areas, stay on the designated trails and keep dogs on a leash.
Visit pickering.ca to get involved in events such as, identification workshops, tree plantings, invasive species removal, clean-ups, interpretive hikes, and stewardship programs.
Watch for the City's Sustainable Neighbourhood Challenge coming in 2012.
Suggestions for car owners:
Avoid unnecessary idling.
Limit your use of drive-throughs, which encourage idling and affect air quality.
Keep your vehicle tuned up and the tires properly inflated.
Carpool, take public transportation, walk, or cycle instead of using your car, or telecommute instead of commuting to work.
When driving, plan your routes for efficiency and combine trips whenever possible.
Suggestions for property owners:
Plant native trees and vegetation, and reduce the amount of grass you have on your own property.
Allow for migration corridors and create backyard habitats for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife using nesting structures, natural vegetation, and food plots.
Learn more about terrestrial biodiversity and management actions by participating in stewardship and outdoor educational programs.
Consult the Grow Me Instead booklet to learn about beautiful non-invasive plants for your garden.
Attend the Gorgeous Gardens workshops hosted by the City each spring and fall to get helpful information on landscaping with native plants.
Limit your use of fertilizers, insecticides, or other chemical substances on your property; these chemicals can be washed off during a storm and enter our streams, rivers, and the lake through the storm drainage system.
Suggestions for boaters and anglers:
Inspect your boat, motor, trailer, and boating equipment. Remove any zebra mussels and other animals and plants you find before leaving any lake or river.
Drain water from motor, live well, bilge, and transom wells while on land before leaving the boat launch area.
Wash and dry your boat and other boating equipment to kill harmful species that were not visible at the boat launch. Some aquatic species can survive more than two weeks out of water.
Empty your bait bucket on land before leaving the site. Never release live bait into the water, or release aquatic animals from one water body into another.
Learn how to identify exotic species. If you believe they may have spread, call the province-wide Invading Species Hotline at 1.800.563.7711.
Visit the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters website to learn more about invasive species of plants and animals.