Successful 2019 "FREE Seedling Give-Away Program" Despite Funding Cuts
Above: Participant Bruce picks up his custom seedling order from the Ripley Hensal District Co-op building in Ripley, ON during PRWIN's annual "FREE Seedling Give-Away Program".
Above LEFT.: Dave from Ripley Hensal Co-op donated his back room and loading dock to PRWIN for two days while we handed out over 5,100 tree seedlings in our FREE Seedling Give-Away Program during the last week of April. Dave poses with PRWIN Director Cathy Farrell while she handed out seedlings during the day. RIGHT: The last of the seedling orders warehoused at the co-op.
5,100 cedar, spruce, red pine, white pine, tamarack, sugar maple, silver maple, red maple, red oak, white oak, black cherry and black walnut were handed out over two days last month during our annual "FREE Seedling Give-Away Program" despite program cuts. Participants from Huron, Bruce, and Grey counties placed personalized seedling orders over the winter with a maximum of 200 seedlings per participant. Previously, a large portion of the program's funding came from a joint Federal and Provincial fund, but this year that funding was unavailable. Corporate grants from Ontario Power Generation, and Nuclear Waste Management Organization saved our 2019 program! Monies saved from a PRWIN 2018 provincial Great Lake Guardian Community Fund also helped top-up our 2019 seedling program. Thank you to those participants that also donated money to help out next years funding of the program!
2019 4H Volunteer Tree Planting Day 4H Armies in Action!
We counted almost 80 people at our flagship annual volunteer event this year! Over 3,000 seedlings were planted to reforest a 2.5 acre swath of retired cash crop. Thank you to the 4H Conservation, Beef, and Sheep Clubs for your awesome attitude, muscle power, and appetite! NWMO funded the entire day, including the seedlings, food, tent, and porta potty! They even brought some cute volunteers to help. New partners AbraFlex contributed volunteers to the planting and as always, the PRWIN Directors and their partners were busy helping organize and plant. Special thank you to Marvin and Darrin at Marvin's Automotive for the location meet-up and use of their parking lot! Check out our Facebook page for picture descriptions.
Three New WASCoB's in Huron Kinloss Completed in Spring Frost
Three new water and sediment control basins or WASCoB's were built in Huron Kinloss early last month. Our contractor D&I Wattham Inc and the two participating landowners decided on the best installation date of spring, as cash crops would have been affected this coming fall to construct these large structures. We're happy spring didn't come to fast this year! Working in the frosted soil reduced soil damage and made for a less mucky experience for the heavy equipment operators. WASCoB's, or "berms" structures reduce water and sediment run-off into local water courses and reduces erosion. These three berms were made possible by EcoAction funding, a grant from Environment Canada. Give us a call if you feel your land could benefit from a sediment control structure. 519-395-5538