Honouring A Conservation Hero

When luxury condo developer Shane Baghai purchased 200 acres of farmland in Caledon, Ontario, to establish Paradise Farms, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) was there to help. Shane’s acute awareness of agriculture’s interdependent relationship with the natural world, created the opportunity to partner in a big way to preserve and protect this vital natural habitat.

On his farm, Shane is working to protect water quality and wildlife habitat by participating in CVC’s Bird-Friendly Certified Hay Program. He has also fenced his livestock out of the stream that meanders through his farm and has planted more than 1,300 trees and shrubs beside the stream to protect it from nutrients and bacteria coming from adjacent pastures.

Shane’s relationship with CVC doesn’t stop there. He is also a major supporter of the CVC Foundation — the charitable arm of CVC.

The CVC Foundation is committed to assisting CVC secure new conservation lands to protect their benefit to the environment and to connect more people with nature. This includes the Credit Valley Trail, a 113 kilometre trail connecting Lake Ontario in Port Credit to the headwaters in Orangeville, Ontario.

In 2015, Shane donated 24 acres of land in the Town of Caledon — a habitat home to threatened birds, fish and plant species. This land, which is now protected permanently by the CVC, features mature wetland forest, conifer plantings, farm fields, grassland, ponds and wetland vegetation.

In another act of conservation heroism, in the spring of 2017, Shane will be hosting a private fundraising event in his home in support of the CVC Foundation.

Shane’s generosity and commitment to responsible agricultural planning will help guarantee a sustainable future for generations to come. You can be a conservation hero too. Donate or volunteer today.