Dayton Bluffs

Have you heard about this gem in Ottawa?

This morning, I had the privilege of working with Brook, Dan and Jen from The Conservation Foundation to clear the area that will become a preserve full of trails, a few waterfalls and an incredible view of the Fox River. What an incredible team of spirit, skill and enthusiasm to be a change in this world.

Recently, Mr. Brook McDonald shared these words to supporters:

My name is Brook McDonald and I have been the President/CEO at The Conservation Foundation for nearly 20 years. Prior to that, I was a volunteer for The Conservation Foundation for 7 years. So I have been with this organization in some capacity for more than half of our 42 years of existence.

I choose to be here. And I choose to be here because of the people I work with, our staff, board members, volunteers, and YOU, our friends and generous donors. I have met some of the most interesting and coolest people in my life through The Conservation Foundation. I am here because this is where I feel I can make a difference, and think globally and act locally. This is something I seek personally in my life and something we seek here as an organization. You seek this too, or you wouldn’t be reading this. We all want to make a difference.


A view of the Fox River from Ottawa’s recently acquired Dayton Bluffs Preserve owned by The Conservation Foundation and leased to the City of Ottawa. For more information, visit

I am thrilled to meet people in the world who are passionate about what they do. This foundation is truly deserving of the support of me and of you, members and advocates of Grateful Plains.

If you would like to help the foundation continue the rejuvenation of this area, please consider volunteering. Groups gather the second Saturday of the month 9am to noon, year round. To get on the mailing list for updates and volunteer instructions, email Jennifer Hammer, Ecological Manager of the project.

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