Natural Shorelines & Landscape Restoration
Julia’s presentation will be about natural shorelines and landscape restoration, creating spaces for humans and wildlife with native plants... Why native plants and natural shorelines? Current issues with non-native plants & landscaping trends.....Shoreline naturalization and misconceptions.....How big of a shoreline buffer?.... Planting considerations & figuring out site conditions.....Creating habitat for wildlife.
Biography – Julia has always had a keen interest in environmental issues and has left a trail of native plants in the yard of every apartment she rented in Ottawa! After completing a joint degree in Environmental Studies and International Development from Trent University, she obtained a post graduate certificate in Ecosystem Restoration. Julia worked for Conservation Authorities in eastern Ontario, and spent two years carrying out forest inventories in partnership with two First Nation communities, and four years coordinating a fish and stream monitoring program, where she carried out many shoreline naturalization projects. Her farming dream eventually led her to Burk’s Falls, where she currently resides and operates an organic farm operation. Julia was the Executive Director for the Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council for four years and worked to rebuild the organization and carry out a variety of fish habitat assessment and restoration projects. Julia has run her own environmental consulting company since 2012 and specializes in native plant work and shoreline naturalization. As a small-scale organic farmer, Julia sits on the Northeastern Ontario New Farm Network Advisory Committee and is a member of the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario.