The Town of Penetanguishene identified that strengthening its natural environment is one of the municipality’s primary goals in its community strategic plan. The Town is a proud and founding member municipality of the Severn Sound Environmental Association and has recently partnered with York University for the creation of a Climate Solutions Park. Obtaining a Bee City Canada designation is another example of the Town of Penetanguishene’s commitment to its Community Strategic Plan and Climate Change Action Plan.
The Town has been working to remove invasive species, particularly phragmites over the past 2 years to make room for more natural plant growth. In partnership with the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) plantings have and will continue to take place to reintroduce natural species and pollinator plants. During the activities volunteers have been recruited and provided education and training to assist with these initiatives. Booths have also been set up during the activities by the SSEA to provide public education. SSEA has also provided education to Town staff on invasive species recognition and removal methods to prevent spread.
Municipalities that border Penetanguishene are the Township of Tiny and the Town of Midland who both have Bee City designations and are also member municipalities of the SSEA. Upon designation, the Town will endeavour to work with these partners on joint initiatives and to continue to promote pollinator habitat and education