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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Haliburton Forest Revitalization Project: Benefits and Strategies
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 research strategies and measures for ‘green’ parking lot design and entrance spaces in rural areas (including but not limited to general aesthetics,soil erosion and impaction, signage, native plant and stormwater management.) This project is ideal for a group of senior undergraduate students.
Note: This is the first project out of two related projects; the second (planned for Spring 2019) will be to conduct complementary research and analysis that builds on the initial findings from this research project and produce and integrative report with clear and well-reasoned recommendations for action.
Survey and Monitoring Tools for the HHLT
The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust is looking to have surveys of vegetation (trees, understory, wetlands, grasslands by strata, cover and abundance) and soil properties and chemistry on its properties. It would also like to know what additional surveys could be undertaken on birds, mammals, herptiles, insects, etc. In addition to comprehensive surveys, the HHLT would like to develop long-term monitoring of biodiversity. This project is ideal for a group of senior undergraduate students.
Monitoring Program for Species at Risk with the HHLT
The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust is looking to develop a science-based strategy for three species-at-risk (SAR) in the Dahl Forest and Barnum Creek properties where grassland persist as habitat. These are: Eastern Hog-nosed Snake, Eastern Milksnake and Eastern Ribbonsnake. The HHLT would also like to develop strategies for the protection of potential, but yet unspecified SAR in unevaluated wetlands on those properties. Part one of this project is an initial literature review proposed for the 2019 winter term. This project is ideal for a group of senior undergraduate students.
Snowdon Park Welcoming/Community Facility
Snowdon Park is 460 acres of wetland and forest preserve established through the cooperation of the Township of Minden Hills and the Haliburton Highlands Field Naturalists. The park is a must see destination point for outdoor enthusiasts that enjoy hiking snowshoeing cross country skiing bird watching and many other outdoor activities.
The Municipality of Minden Hills is seeking a feasibility study to provide an off-grid building serving as a Welcoming/Community Facility in the park. The proposed building will support healthy and active community living and build natural heritage appreciation - and provide meeting space for local community groups and schools.
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.
Windy Pine Shoreline Assessment and Erosion Plan
Windy Pine Conference Centre was developed prior to new shoreline ordinances which require a 30M setback on lake-side properties. The combination of near shore development + variable water-levels on Kushog Lake (regulated by the Trent Severn Waterway) and naturally thin sandy soils along the rocky shoreline have enabled areas of concerning erosion along the roughly 300M of natural shoreline on the Windy Pine property. A baseline inventory of the shoreline was conducted in 2014 through the Love Your Lake program. This project would expand on this previous inventory and recommendations regarding how best to address problem areas on the site.
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.
Exploring Employer-based Rural Transportation Options
Rural Transportation Options was established to address the lack of public transportation in Haliburton County. Recently employers in the County have been bemoaning the lack of employees due to lack of housing and transportation. The purpose of this research is to determine if there are models of transportation provided by small employers - either singly or in a group - in order to bring their employees to work in rural areas. A full report documenting the various models and a brochure/pamphlet/flyer outlining the models in plain language will be generated. This project would be best suited to a small group of undergraduate students.
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.
Climate Change Opinion Survey Among Community Opinion Leaders in Haliburton County
The purpose of this project is to develop a Climate Change Opinion Survey that can be used to examine the level of understanding of the threat posed by climate change among both the leadership and membership of key organizations across Haliburton County; the range of community level actions those leaders and members think is warranted; and their sense of the key barriers blocking community-based action on climate change. This information would be helpful in identifying ways and means for Environment Haliburton, Planet Haliburton, and other environmentally-mandated organizations to frame climate change programming.
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.
Creating an Effective Studio Tour Survey
The Haliburton County Studio Tour is a renowned annual event that is approaching its 30th anniversary in the fall of 2018. During the four-day tour, artists and craftspeople of the Haliburton County Studio Tour welcome the public to experience their creative process first-hand. The focus of this project is to assist in creating a fresh marketing approach to the HCST in an effort to increase sales revenue for Tour participants, as well as to promote tourism in Haliburton County. The student will help inform this approach by designing a survey to investigate tour patron demographics.
Climate Change and Health, Vulnerability & Adaptation Assessment Plan: Policy Scan
Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit is currently conducting a Climate Change Health Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment (CCHVAA), which is intended to identify the health risks associated with climate change in our district and how we can improve adaptive capacity. One strategy for adaptation is through policies related to land use. The HKPR Health Unit is responsible for three geographic/political areas: Haliburton County (comprised of 4 municipalities), Northumberland County (comprised of 7 municipalities), and the City of Kawartha Lakes. Each of these tiers of government have official plans and other secondary planning documents. Many policy directives may contribute to climate change mitigation or adaptation outcomes without explicitly mentioning it – for example, flood preparedness infrastructure may be encouraged under the pretenses of avoiding property damage and may not mention climate change as a driver or justification. There are also provincial policies that direct municipalities and can contribute. The purpose of this project is to review, analyze and report on current policies and provide recommendations for additional policy windows which could address climate change mitigation and adaptation within HKPR district.
The Health Impacts of Extreme Weather: Minden Hills Flood, A Case Study
Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit is currently conducting a Climate Change Health Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment (CCHVAA), which is intended to identify the health risks associated with climate change in our district and how we can improve adaptive capacity. One health risk we are interested in including is the mental health impacts of extreme weather events (flooding, fires, etc) on residents. The HKPR Health Unit is responsible for three geographic/political areas: Haliburton County (comprised of 4 municipalities), Northumberland County (comprised of 7 municipalities), and the City of Kawartha Lakes. In 2013 & 2017 significant flooding affected residents in Minden Hills, Haliburton County. Using these events as a case study, student teams will look at various affected parties and their response. How did these events affect the resiliency and mental health of residents over the short and long-term? what was the Township of Minden Hills action and how did the response change from one flood event to the next? What was HKPR’s response to the two floods and what were the key health risks they addressed? What could be done to address the mental health impacts of going through a flood?
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.
Haliburton County Grocery Stores and Food Pricing
There is a perception that grocery prices are higher in Haliburton County than neighbouring towns. Is there evidence to support this or is it just a myth? Haliburton County FoodNet is a network of food programs in our county. FoodNet members believe that all residents of Haliburton County should be able to access food in a way that upholds basic human dignity and that the food is safe and nutritionally adequate as well as personally acceptable and culturally appropriate. For years some residents of Haliburton County have been complaining that the cost of groceries is higher here than elsewhere. Others say they choose to shop in neighbouring towns such as Bracebridge and Lindsay since they believe prices there are lower. We are interested in finding out whether this is an accurate assessment or simply a misperception. To answer this question we require research to find out how prices are set by local grocery stores. We believe comparing the costs of a set list of grocery items to other towns would be valuable. At the end of the day we hope to either prove or disprove the above perception. This project is appropriate for independent students or a group of students.
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.