The Healthy Lands award celebrates improvement projects that help to support and protect natural heritage features including woodlands, wetlands and their functions; wildlife habitat; biodiversity and ecological restoration; soil erosion; and trail development.
The Healthy Lands award was presented to 8 recipients in 2018:
Hossein Esmaelidaeh (Georgina) For planting 1,670 tree seedlings and shrubs on almost 1 hectare of his property.
- Ian Smith (East Gwillimbury) – For reducing soil erosion by interseeding 800 acres of muck soil and installing a rotating finger de-dirter at the front end of his vegetable processing plant.
- Jim Stewart (Schomberg)– For planting 4,075 tree seedlings on 2 hectares of his rural property.
- John Nagy (Sunderland)–For planting 1,000 native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants on his property.
- Larry Onisto (Uxbridge) – For increasing forest canopy by planting 4,575 White Pine and White Cedar trees on just over 2 hectares of his property.
- Ontario Landscaping Ltd.– For donating numerous 60-70cm caliper Red Oak and Kentucky Coffee trees that will be planted throughout the watershed.
- Tim Horlings (King) – For controlling erosion and reducing nutrient loss on his fields by planting 60 acres of cover crops.
- York Bassmasters (East Gwillimbury) – For planting trees within 'difficult' and 'hazardous' designated areas, due to the steep slopes of the Holland River bank.