Below is a list of available projects in the Peterborough area for the upcoming academic year. If you are a student researcher and see a project that you are interested in or would like to learn more about, contact the TCRC.
Also listed below, are projects offered by U-Links Centre for Community Based Research, which partners students with projects in the Haliburton area. Please Note: Student travel between Peterborough and Haliburton County is provided. Learn more about U-Links Projects here.
Redevelopment of the TCRC Database
The TCRC uses a database to organize and coordinate community-based research projects. This database contains information on each individual project undertaken, including tasks (to be) completed, faculty and students assigned to it, and notes regarding the projects process. The database is an essential tool for the TCRCs project coordinators, however its functionality is currently substandard. There is a need to redevelop/upgrade the database to make it more user friendly and the information it contains more accessible through, for instance, the development of a better filtering system and the ability to conduct searches of the database.
Research Theme(s): Culture
Cooperative Cafe Membership Outreach Survey
The purpose of this project is to survey members and patrons of the Season Spoon Cafe to seek their feedback about the cafe. As the Spoon matures it has gone from an organization that is 100% volunteer/member-driven to one that is primarily run by paid staff. While we feel that this is a good development, we want to ensure that, as a cooperative, we are in touch with our membership base. In addition to a survey, this project will undertake research into the history and viability of cooperative organizations.
Research Theme(s): Culture; Social
The Social and Economic Impact of the ReFrame Film Festival over the past 15 years
The purpose of this project is to conduct an up to date economic impact study of the ReFrame film festival festival, and for the first time conduct a social impact study, researching the experiences of attendee, volunteers and film sponsors. The project would involve interviews, surveys, economic analysis and story gathering.
Research Theme(s): Culture; Economics; Social
Economic Impact of Financial Institution Closures to Rural Communities
Within the last few years, several townships in the County of Peterborough have been faced with closer of the sole financial institutions in rural communities. The impact of financial institutions withdrawing from rural townships is currently unknown.
This project will study the social, business, and economic challenges faced by residents of rural communities when they are left without a banking institution, as well as possible responses to these challenges. The impact of financial institutions withdrawing from rural townships is currently unknown.
Research Theme(s): Economics; Social
#4799 (This project has been matched and is no longer available).
Mapping our Work: Creating the Content for a Peterborough Labour History Walking Tour
A few years ago the Peterborough and District Labour Council organized a guided tour of Peterborough’s labour history led by a local historian. PDLC would now like to develop a new walking tour of Peterborough and needs to generate the content for this tour. This project would gather the historical data and stories to be used in the new tour. This would involve archival research and the gathering of the oral histories of a number of key labour history sites in Peterborough. This work would be done through traditional historical research and interviews with key players involved in labour history in Peterborough. The sites and events to be included in this research would be agreed between student, faculty and the PDLC at the start of the project. The second part of the project or potentially a second project would be the development of a map and pamphlet.
Research Theme(s): Culture; Economics; Social
Service Mapping of Adult Learners in Peterborough and City of Kawartha Lakes
The purpose of the project is to better understand where people accessing adult education and literacy training services live. Anecdotally, we can say that most are coming from within the urban centre where training service providers are located: what we don’t know with any certainty is the ratio of urban vs rural adult learners. From both the urban and rural perspective, knowing where adult learners are coming from and how they are accessing the service is only known to each agency. The intent of this project is to map the locations of learners over a given time-period. This information will be used to demonstrate gaps in service and offer evidence for mobilizing creative programming and outreach activities to engage with communities of adult learners.
Research Theme(s): Economic; Social
The economic impact of international students in Peterborough and surrounding areas
Workforce Development Board is a not-for-profit organization located in Peterborough and serving Northumberland, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton. The WDB is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to provide labour market information, coordinate employment and training services, and engage employer communities.
The WDB / LEPC is proposing a research project that examines the economic impact of the rising number of international students attending Trent University and Fleming College, as well as identifies available supports (both social and employment related).
There are close to 6,500 international students enrolled at Trent University and Fleming College, the two post-secondary institutions in the LEPC catchment area.There is very little data, however, on the economic impact these students bring to the community.
Research Theme(s): Culture; Economic
The Impact on Artists and the Community of Public Energy Performing Arts Programming.
Public Energy’s mission is to be Peterborough’s cultural catalyst, electrifying the community with powerful dance, theatre and performance. The purpose of this project is twofold (1) to examine the impact on artists, both in and outside of the community, of being presented and supported by Public Energy Performing Arts; (2)to assess the impact of Public Energy Performing Arts Outreach Activities on the community. The results will be compiled to identify common themes and recommendations for future outreach programming.
Research Theme(s): Culture; Social
In an effort to disseminate the recommendations of the Age-friendly Peterborough Community Action Plan, Age-friendly Peterborough proposed the production of a half hour television program to air on YourTV. This is not a traditional research project. Students will be sourcing stories, interviewing subjects, using cameras and lighting, and, potentially, learning editing. Future stories will include awareness around Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, finances, food security, elder abuse, faith-based voluntarism, mentorship, second careers, technology, activism, grandparent’s rights, physical fitness and more.
Research Theme(s): Culture; Economics; Social
Age-friendly Report Business Opportunities
The Trent Centre for Aging & Society draws together interdisciplinary faculty, students and community stakeholders to work together building dialogue around issues related to aging and critically informed aging research. In an effort to disseminate the recommendations contained within the Age-friendly Peterborough Community Action Plan, and encourage seniors to play an important role in their communities by volunteering, participating in and leading community activities, Age-friendly Peterborough's volunteer based Learning & Contributing Working Group proposed the production of a half hour television program to air on Peterborough, Ontario's local television station, YourTV. The program will also have a home on-line (web and social media), which will give viewers from Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation, Hiawatha First Nation and beyond the opportunity to connect with it and form an on-line community of feedback and mutual support.
Research Theme(s): Economics
User Profiles and Data for Skiers Utilizing Kawartha Nordic
The Kawartha Nordic Ski Club, located 40 minutes north of Peterborough is home to 46km of classic cross country skiing. The organization is currently involved in a 5 year strategic plan and is looking to hear from users of the Ski Club. Students will design and administer a user survey and produce a final report that identifies key trends and demographics. Ideally, the research would commence in January, with a final report due by the end of April 2019.
Research Theme(s): Economics
Applied Behaviour Analysis for Community Living
To provide community-based specialized support and clinical services for individuals, families, and service providers that contribute to the enhancement of the quality of life of persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Research Theme(s): Social
The Living Library: Documenting Newcomer Experiences of Transition, Settlement, and Belonging
The New Canadians Centre strives to empower immigrants and refugees to become full and equal members of Canadian society and to provide community leadership to ensure cultural integration in a welcoming community. This project seeks to document stories of newcomer transition, settlement, and belonging though podcasts / audio-visual means. We would like to document their story, so the community can have access to it for educational purposes to help build the community’s capacity to welcome and understand newcomers.
Research Theme(s): Culture; Social
#4860 (This project has been matched and is no longer available).
Documenting How Peterborough Activities Align With the AMO Best Practices in Local Food Guide for Municipalities
The Sustainable Peterborough Plan was developed over the period of September 2010 – April 2012. It is the guide on our path to a Sustainable Peterborough. Each component of the plan has been defined by our community with the following vision being the focus: Vision–This is the overall vision for community sustainability in 25 years from now. All actions taken in the future should move the Greater Peterborough Area closer to its Vision which states: “Caring communities balancing prosperity, well-being and nature”.
The goal set by the community for food and agriculture for 2036 was: We will feed ourselves sustainably with local, healthy foods. The Future of Food and Farming Working Group is striving to address opportunities to strengthen the local food system in the city and County. It is made up of representatives of as many parts of the system as possible – production, processing, distribution, retailing, wholesaling, waste management, food access, health, including the social, economic and environmental aspects. The Working Group (as well as its members individually) have undertaken extensive work to support the development of policy and programs that support the food and agriculture goals set out in the community-based Sustainable Peterborough Plan.
Research Theme(s): Environment; Social; Economics
#4861 (This project has been matched and is no longer available).
Ecopassage use for mitigating turtle mortality: A case study
The Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre aid's in the conservation of of Ontario’s 8 native turtle species and the habitat in which they live. As researcher, you will present a case study of a road mortality mitigation project, while achieving an educational poster for the public to be placed in our education centre. Educating the public on these mitigation measures, allows them to become involved, and move projects forward in their area. Students will gain both specific knowledge of turtles, road mortality, and mitigation measures, as well as very transferable skills in implementation of ventures that involve conservation but tie in public and political factions.
Research Theme(s): Environment
#4862 (This project has been matched and is no longer available).
A Social and Environmental History of Peterborough’s Curtis Creek and Kawartha Heights Neighbourhoods
For over 25 years, GreenUP has been central and eastern Ontario’s leading organization focused on issues of environmental education, sustainability, and stewardship. A registered charity, we partner with individuals, businesses, other non-profit organizations and governments. Together we work to ensure that our region maintains its long standing track record of environmental leadership in Ontario and across Canada (GreenUP website, 2018). Facilitated by GreenUP, the Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods program—SUN for short—is modeled on, and delivered in association with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP) program. The SNAP program was designed to respond to the complex challenges associated with infrastructure renewal in older urban areas, including competing interests, a disengaged public, perceived high costs, and limited resources.
The Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods program is developing two Neighbourhood Action Plans to guide sustainable change in the short-, medium-, and long-term. This TCRC project will help contextualize the current neighbourhood conditions by providing a summary of each neighbourhood’s social and environmental history. Furthermore, our hope is that knowing more about the history of their communities—and the ways that people and non-human nature collectively shape the places we live, work, and play—will inspire local residents and other stakeholders to shape the future of their neighbourhoods in the context of climate change.
Research Theme(s): Environment
The Causeway - the road to economic prosperity
The mandate of the County of Peterborough is to provide regional public services which includes promoting regional economic development and tourism opportunities, land use planning and development, transportation systems, waste management, public health, social services and emergency medical services. The James A. Gifford Causeway is the busiest stretch of roadway in Peterborough County and it is currently in great despair. Rebuilding will take a number of years, and large budget to bring it to the vision that has been approved by Peterborough County Council. The goal of this project is to evaluate past, present and future economic impacts that the James A. Gifford Causeway has on the Greater Peterborough Area.
Research Theme(s): Economics
Rugby Ontario Registration Report
The purpose of the project is to assess and analyze Rugby Ontario and provide a detailed look at registration trends over the last 5 years for junior and minor rugby in the province. The results from the project will assist in identifying gaps in the organization and will provide a platform to make evidence-based decisions on the direction of the sport. This project will take a deeper look into the registration numbers and identify trends in registration, retention numbers and new player registration.
Research Theme(s): Economics
50% LocalFood 2030 Economic Impact & Jobs Report
Intended as the Goal setting Report for raising awareness,support and funding for the community to come together to build the economic and physical infrastructure to support a dynamic local Food Supply Chain to the level of 50% of food purchased at consumer prices for home consumption by 2030. This is all in line with the SPP aspiration goal of feeding ourselves in the city and County of Peterborough by 2036.
Research Theme(s): Culture, Environment; Social; Economics
Public Operating Trusts as Non-Political Economic Infrastructure for the Equitable Distribution of Non-Capital Public Funds
Transition Town Peterborough is a not for profit social enterprise focused on building both personal and community resilience through economic localization of life essentials including food ,water, energy, wellness and culture; squarely facing together, at the same time, the compounding Environmental, Energy,
Economic and Equality crises that are upon us. The purpose of this research project is to lever local community financing to serve citizens of Peterborough City and County, locally -owned businesses, local charities and not-for-profit organizations in responding to the interconnected Energy, Economic, Environmental and Equity impacts of the Climate/Energy Crisis.
The City and County of Peterborough have not yet faced the enormous costs of adapting to the worst effects of the Climate Crisis, nor do they have the non-political infrastructure to equitably distribute funds to build the local economy.
The Ganaraska River as a source of motive and electric power, past, present, and future.
Kawagama Lake Calcium Decline Mitigation Cost Benefit Analysis
Calcium has been declining in Kawagama Lake due to historic and ongoing acid deposition. These declining calcium levels have a negative impact on the food-chain and can thus affect the growth of various sport fish.
This project will involve researching the calcium decline mitigation costs and benefits that were already identified in an earlier (2019) research project. A summary booklet for educational purposes should be included as part of the project deliverables.
The project will help raise community awareness around the issue of calcium decline in our freshwater lakes, as well as assist the Kawagama Lake Cottagers' Association to start implementing broader mitigation strategies to address the issue of calcium decline in Kawagama Lake.
Youth Retainment and Engagement in Minden Hills: Insights, Opportunities and Challenges
Rural communities in Canada have been facing a decline in youth population as the phenomenon of urbanization attracts youth to cities. The Township of Minden Hills has identified youth retention and engagement as a priority for future development planning. This project will examine the factors contributing to youth out-migration from Minden Hills and strategies currently used to address this issue as well as provide a gap analysis of themes and strategies that have not been fully considered. The student will document and assess unique insights from local community members- including young people- and provide recommendations for the township. The student will also complete a literature review assessing the issue of youth retention and engagement in rural areas to provide context and direction for the study
This project is ideal for a small group senior undergraduate students or a graduate student.
"The Missing Element": Stories of the Mountain Street Red Cross Outpost
Canoe FM (local radio station) and Haliburton Highlands Land Trust (environmental conservation organization) are non-profit organizations working out of a historic building on Mountain Street in Haliburton that was once a Red Cross outpost. A small 1983 book by Martha Perkins,“A Hospital of our Own” was written about its history. The purpose of this project, hosted by Canoe FM, is to discover more about the building and the health professionals who worked there in order to develop a better understanding of the hospital’s connection to history and its contributions to the local community.
Existing data will be augmented through oral history interviews with local community members and a visual media display intended for the office.
This project is ideal for a small group of senior undergraduate students with a combination of graphic design and interviewing skills.
Haliburton Forest Revitalization Project - Integrative Report
Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve is an integrated and diversified company with a tourist and recreation division and forest products division.
The tourist and recreation division offers multiple activities such as wilderness adventures (including the world’s longest canopy boardwalk trail) - forest and wildlife education and wilderness retreats. The company has always maintained a strong focus on environmental sustainability.
The purpose of this project is to assess the current state of the Haliburton Forest entrance parking lot area (including, but not limited to, general aesthetics, signage, native plants, soil erosion and compaction, and stormwater management), conduct complementary research and analysis that builds on the initial findings from the previous research project (Project #4866), and produce an integrative report with clear and well-reasoned recommendations for action.
Note: This is the project #2 of two interrelated projects; the first project involved conducting focused research on ‘greening’ parking lots and surrounding spaces in rural areas (refer to Project # - 4866)
This project is ideal for a group of senior undergraduate students.
Financial Impacts of Gull River Flooding
Major flooding events in Minden Hills in 2013 and 2017 resulted in significant financial impacts for residents and business owners. These flooding events have negatively impacted housing values, increased costs to homeowners and disrupted small businesses.The floods have also had significant social and psychological impacts on residents living along the floodplain.
The purpose of this project is to conduct a case study on the financial impacts of the flooding in order to better inform current and potential residents and business owners of the financial impacts of continued flooding. The study will provide a foundation for potential remedial action (that includes multi-level government, watersheds,citizens, etc.)
The case study report that includes a focused literature review, analysis and discussion from interviews, and recommendations for next steps. This project is ideal for a single undergraduate or group of undergraduate students.
Blue Lakes Program Evaluation (This project is ideal for a graduate or upper-year undergraduate student)
The Land Between charity is a grassroots non-government organization that represents the region from the Georgian Bay Coast to the Ottawa Valley. The Land Between espouses the values of animate bioregionalism and is a model of cooperation between sectors and levels that results in new behaviours, advanced stewardship, and adaptive solutions for the well being of the region.
The Land Between charity in partnership with Watersheds Canada (makers of the Love your Lake program) are piloting the new Blue Lake ecolabel program for Lake Country. The Blue Lakes Program aims to provide recognition and access to lake-based resources to lake communities that exemplify positive stewardship actions. By networking these actors and resources, the program aims to help Lake Associations understand the broader trends in their region and coordinate local action. Partially funded by a Trillium Seed Grant, the project aims to capture behaviour change on all levels possible by conducting pre and post surveys with the 20 Lake Associations who have signed up to participate during the pilot season of the Blue Lakes Program over spring and summer of 2019.
The student must be capable of understanding behaviour change theory and analysing the results in terms of catalysts and vectors for change, or social change dynamics. The Land Between will provide mentorship and support through out the project.
Selected Ecological Variables to support Long-Term Monitoring of Biodiversity on the Haliburton Highland Land Trust Properties (GRADUATE LEVEL RESEARCH)
The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust is currently in the process of establishing Permanent Sample Plots (PSPs) on all its properties. The establishment and use of PSPs will provide the HHLT with the ability to monitor comprehensive changes in biodiversity and land use on its various properties on a long term basis. In addition to establishing the PSPs and conducting the field work and data collection as previously established this project will investigate what other ecological information should also be included as part of the long term monitoring program. This would ensure that the HHLT is able to monitor a broader range of biodiversity using the PSPs as a framework for the scientific work.
Gull Lake Benthic Zone Assessment
This project involves undertaking Benthic Sampling at various spots on Gull Lake in Haliburton County to determine an understanding of the status of lake health, species diversity and an important baseline for future comparisons. Sampling 5-6 locations, student(s) will evaluate current fall draw-down conditions of Gull Lake and establis an ongoing benthic sampling and documentation protocol for continued evaluation of lake health and its ability to sustain higher level species.
Assessing water quality and riparian health at Halls Lake Causeway
The Halls and Hawk Lakes Property Owners Association (HHLPOA) in Haliburton County has a strong focus on environmental issues, with an aim of maintaining or improving the natural environment and the overall quality of life on Halls Lake, Hawk Lake and Little Hawk Lake. HHLPOA is looking to participate in a research project on the effects of the Halls Lake causeway from Old Mill Road onto the lake's only island. Residents on the north east shore of Halls Lake believe their water quality has deteriorated since the causeway was built, perhaps due to the disconnection of water flow. This project involves a measurement and analysis of water quality and benthic/riparian health on both sides of the causeway as a basis for comparison and potential remedial action. Students will use a combination of fieldwork and a literature review to provide a descriptive report which includes recommendations for action.
Rehabilitation and Restoration of Species at Risk Habitat at the Dahl Forest and the Barnum Creek Wetland (GRADUATE LEVEL RESEARCH)
The Dahl Forest and the recently donated Barnum Creek Nature Reserve are identified as containing potentially suitable Species at Risk (SAR) habitat for the Eastern Hog-nosed Snake; Eastern Milksnake; Eastern Ribbonsnake in the Species at Risk Natural Heritage Strategy developed by the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust (HHLT). To date the Eastern Hog-nosed Snake; Eastern Milksnake and the Five-Lined Skink have been identified on site at these properties. These Species at Risk occur on former agricultural lands which the HHLT continues to mow in order to minimize the loss of this habitat to successional forestland. Although the HHLT is working to maintain this habitat we would like to develop a science-based management strategy and plan that ensures SAR will continue to thrive and benefit from our management efforts.
Needs Assessment for Caregivers in the Haliburton County Community
Haliburton Highlands Health Services promotes wellness and provides access to essential and high quality health services including: Hospital (Acute Inpatient and Emergency Care) Long-Term Care; End-of-Life Care; Mental Health & Addictions Services and Community Support Services (CSS). The CSS team provides multiple programs and services that are focused on enabling seniors and/or adults with disabilities and/or illness to remain independent at their place of residence for a longer period of time. Population projections: Most of the future population growth is anticipated among older age groups with the most dramatic increases over the next 20 years among those 65 years and older i.e. the number of persons aged 65-74 is projected to increase by 2,170 persons representing an increase of 83.1%. We are interested in completing an assessment for caregivers in Haliburton County in an effort to meet the growing need. Currently, HHHS Community Support Services provides support to seniors and/or adults with disabilities and/or illness to remain independent at their place of residence for a longer period of time. Although there are a number of HHHS CSS caregiver supports in place, this study aims to determine the best approach for HHHS to continue and improve existing caregiver supports.
Sustaining a Movement: Performing a Situational Analysis for the Community of Making
The Community of Making is a partnership between multiple organizations that is dedicated to digital literacy through education and creation in STEAM (science, technology, education, arts, and math). The project is approaching its final year of funding, but ideally will continue. This research project involves conducting a situational analysis or the purposes of creating a strategic plan for Community of Making. This may include a situation audit, environmental scan, or other research that will help us gain some perspective on the sustainability and growth of the Community of Making.
Replicating U-LINKS: Community Based Research Organization Process Mapping
U-Links is a Community-based research organization facilitating student research and community projects in partnership with Trent University and local Haliburton County organizations. U-Links is well regarded as an effective community-based organization and research agency with a broad organizational network. Recently a desire to replicate the model of this organization elsewhere has been expressed. The purpose of this project is to assess the business model and map the processes and practices of U-Links as an organization. This will determine standard operating procedures and model transferability to future CBR organizations in the region. Documentation of U-Links’ processes will help define existing processes toward the development of SOPs and highlight areas to explore for increased efficiencies. Research questions include: What are U-Links existing mechanisms and procedures as a non-profit organization internally and externally with the university and community (Process Mapping)? What are the transferable aspects of this model that could be reproduced? What areas require improved efficiency or additional support and what are the recommendations? This project is appropriate for an independent undergraduate student or graduate student.
Places For People Process Mapping
Places for People (P4P) provides tenants with long-term affordable rental housing in Haliburton County. The non-profit organization also sets aside in a trust fund a small amount of the rent paid for the future of tenants and provides appropriate social supports for each family such as skills and education. The run-down buildings that P4P acquires to turn into new housing are strategically located to be within walking distance to shopping as well as schools and medical care. The volunteer run organization is planning to hire paid administrative support and therefore needs a functional understanding of the various processes of the organization. This will facilitate the future development of consistent procedures to ensure the continued viability of the organization. Selected research questions include: What are the current decision-making processes in place for P4P and how are decisions made? What should be included in a procedures manual for P4P? For the purposes of this project it is anticipated that there would be process maps (decision trees) developed for various functions of the organization: financial; property; fundraising; tenant support etc. In addition, recommendations would be made for the outline of a procedures manual to be developed in a follow-up project. This CBR project would be ideal for business students.
Establishment of Permanent Sample Plots on Norah’s Island, Kennisis Lake, to Support the Long-Term Monitoring of Biodiversity
Habitat loss and degradation are the greatest threats to biodiversity in Canada today. To mitigate this process in the Haliburton Highlands the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) is acquiring lands of ecological and cultural significance for conservation purposes. It works to select only those properties which clearly have long-term benefit to the public and can be maintained by the land trust in perpetuity. The establishment of Permanent Sample Plots (PSPs) will provide the HHLT with the ability to monitor changes in vegetation biodiversity and land use on its various properties on a long term basis. For the 2018 – 2019 academic year the HHLT would like to continue the work of establishing PSP plots in different Ecosites on Norah’s Island (Kennisis Lake). Based on experience in 2017 on the Dahl Forest two students are able to complete surveys on four PSPs. The intent is to be able to begin and complete the field program by the end of October before winter arrives.
Establishment of Permanent Sample Plots in the Fred and Pearl Barry Wetland Reserve to Support the Long-Term Monitoring of Biodiversity
Habitat loss and degradation are the greatest threats to biodiversity in Canada today. To mitigate this process in the Haliburton Highlands the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) is acquiring lands of ecological and cultural significance for conservation purposes. It works to select only those properties which clearly have long-term benefit to the public and can be maintained by the land trust in perpetuity. The establishment of Permanent Sample Plots (PSPs) will provide the HHLT with the ability to monitor changes in vegetation biodiversity and land use on its various properties on a long term basis. For the 2018 – 2019 academic year the HHLT would like to continue the work of establishing PSP plots in different Ecosites on the Fred and Pearl Barry Wetland Reserve. Based on experience in 2017 on the Dahl Forest two students are able to complete surveys on four PSPs. The intent is to be able to begin and complete the field program by the end of October before winter arrives.
Establishment of Permanent Sample Plots in the Barnum Creek Nature Reserve to Support the Long-Term Monitoring of Biodiversity
Habitat loss and degradation are the greatest threats to biodiversity in Canada today. To mitigate this process in the Haliburton Highlands the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) is acquiring lands of ecological and cultural significance for conservation purposes. It works to select only those properties which clearly have long-term benefit to the public and can be maintained by the land trust in perpetuity. The establishment of Permanent Sample Plots (PSPs) will provide the HHLT with the ability to monitor changes in vegetation biodiversity and land use on its various properties on a long term basis. For the 2018 – 2019 academic year the HHLT would like to continue the work of establishing PSP plots in different Ecosites on the Barnum Creek Nature Reserve. Based on experience in 2017 on the Dahl Forest two students are able to complete surveys on four PSPs. The intent is to be able to begin and complete the field program by the end of October before winter arrives.
Establishment of Permanent Sample Plots in the Dahl Forest to Support the Long-Term Monitoring of Biodiversity
Habitat loss and degradation are the greatest threats to biodiversity in Canada today. To mitigate this process in the Haliburton Highlands the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) is acquiring lands of ecological and cultural significance for conservation purposes. It works to select only those properties which clearly have long-term benefit to the public and can be maintained by the land trust in perpetuity. The establishment of Permanent Sample Plots (PSPs) will provide the HHLT with the ability to monitor changes in vegetation biodiversity and land use on its various properties on a long term basis. At the Dahl Forest PSPs were established in two different Ecosites – three in the Sugar Maple Ecosite and one in the Mature Red Pine Ecosite. Both Ecosites were located on the west side of the Burnt River which bisects the property. For the 2018 – 2019 Academic year the HHLT would like to continue the work of establishing additional plots in different Ecosites on the Dahl Forest including plots on the east side of the Burnt River. Based on the experience in 2017 two students are able to complete surveys on four PSPs.
Effects of Mechanized Travel in Park
Ontario Parks' mandate is to protect significant natural and cultural resources in a system of parks and protected areas that is sustainable and provides opportunities for inspiration, enjoyment and education now and for future generations. The objective of this project is to develop an understanding of the impacts of environmental disturbance to a park as it relates to mechanized vehicle travel, and to help inform mitigation strategies. The project will also explore the positives, if any, of mechanized travel in the natural environment (i.e. social value of the experience). Research will include surveys, field work and a literature review. The final product will be a report that will help guide future park management planning. This project is for a single student or group.
Past Project Spotlights:
Peterborough's Perception of Immigration
Sabina conducted interviews, distributed questionnaires, and designed a focus group to help the New Canadians Centre learn more about how residents of Peterborough perceived the city’s immigrant community.