Let's Plant Trees in 2019! We're Taking Orders for our FREE Seedling Give-Away
Above: PRWIN Chairperson David Grant hands-over the green-gold to local participant at last years FREE Seedling Give-Away program.
We're ready to take your seedling orders! Our funding is not as robust as previous years, so you may need to scale back your numbers. You can choose from the following varieties of seedlings: Pine, cedar, spruce, red and white pine, tamarack, sugar, silver, or red maple, red or white oak. Black cherry and black walnut may be available as well. DEADLINE: February 13th 2019**first come, first serve basis. We are placing a maximum 200pc limit per property/per person this year. Let's spread the green gold around! Residents from Huron, Bruce and Grey counties are eligible to order! Please note that you will be responsible for picking up and planting the seedlings. If any seedlings are not picked up, they will be given to a participant on the waiting list. All participants will be given notice in late April informing them of seedling pickup location and dates. Planting seedlings with family members can make a great Inter-generational activity! Thank you to NWMO, OPG and MOECP for funding this years FREE PRWIN Seedling Give-Away! (although WE LOVE donations for the next years programming!)
Berms Completed This Fall Three Berms Built in Huron Kinloss Will Reduce Sediment
Above: Breaking ground at the first berm site this year (left). The second location is almost complete! (right) Pictures taken by Chris Wattam.
Above: That berm is working! The left side of the field is the natural waterway from a recent rainfall coming into the berm-located on the right. The storm-water is being held back and taken in by the berm. Approximately 4 hours after this picture was taken, the storm-water was gone. Picture taken by J. Scott
Three berms on two landowner properties were completed this fall by D&I Wattam Construction Ltd. in the Huron Kinloss area. Berms are not glamorous to look at, or talk about, but they greatly reduce phosphorus and nitrogen (sediment) loading into creeks, rivers and Lady Lake Huron. Berms are built to hold back, and filter storm-water so that the sediments can settle out of the nutrient rich "brown water" before it leaves the fields and carries on to waterways. We've heard feedback from the landowners, who are tickled that the berms are working inaction and producing the results we all wanted! These important installations were funded by Environment Canada through the EcoAction fund.
Retired PRWIN Director Donates Shares Plaque Presented
Retired PRWIN Director Jack Campbell and wife Linda (right) are presented with a plaque from PRWIN chairperson David Grant. The plaque acknowledges that this dynamic couple donated hundreds of stock shares to the Pine River Watershed Initiative Network in late 2018. The shares will be used as an "emergency fund" if ever required by our non-for-profit. Our auditors at BDO told us that many people are now donating shares, instead of cash, to NFP organizations while estate planning. A charitable receipt for the market value is given to the donor by us! This lifeline comes at a time of uncertainty. Many of the grants we apply to have not yet been announced for application intake. Jack and Linda still actively volunteer with our organization. Hats off to this environmental conscientious couple!
Dedicated Volunteers Stake and Tubex in November!
Pictured: PRWIN volunteer directors, community volunteers pose after tubexing and staking over 260 hardwood seedlings that were planted in the spring of 2018 using the PRWIN tractor tree planter, completing the reforestation project funded by Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund (MOECP). Picture by Jeremy Harbinson
How AMAZING are these folks? Giving up a Saturday on a cold, bone chilling afternoon to stake and tubex tree seedlings off of Concession 4 in Huron Kinloss. THANK YOU to our dedicated volunteers and volunteer directors that make the world turn. Special shout-out to volunteer Jeremy Harbinson from the Canadian Conservation Corps (CCC) who took fabulous pictures and reported the days events for us; local hero Mack Coenen for his tractor, trailer, and muscle use; warrior couple Christine and Jim Roberts; Steve Mason from the shoreline; and Tori Waugh from Conservation Ag Consulting for leading the way (with hot chocolate!)
2019 EcoAction Fund Water Storage Capacity on Lake Range Dr.
Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced, on October 11, 2018, $4.3 million to support 58 new EcoAction Community Funding Program projects across Canada. The announced funding is to support concrete local action to help fight and adapt to climate change and to educate and engage Canadians in preserving and conserving water including the Great Lakes. Some of the funded projects are taking place along or near the southeast shore of Lake Huron.
Projects, supported by the funding include $86,150 to Pine River Watershed Initiative Network for their work in this priority southeast shore area to Increase Habitat Availability and Water Storage Capacity in the Pine River Watershed. Look for updates this Summer and Fall while we plan this high visibility WASCoB project on Lake Range drive, between concessions 4 and 6. Our goal is to hold back water "on top of the hill" and settle sediments before the water rushes over the soil and down into tributaries and streams along the shoreline in Huron Kinloss. -text taken from Tim Cummings, Healthy Lake Huron's Communications Specialist.
Returning Donors Help Support Our Mission!
The Pine River Boat Club presented their donation on December 20th at our PRWIN Christmas potluck luncheon by PRBC member Gordon Cale (left) and received by PRWIN Chairperson David Grant.
Private seasonal citizens, local clubs like The Pine River Boat Club, and small businesses donated to our mission of "Clean water and a healthy ecosystem within the Pine River watershed". We rely on donations and funding agreements to keep the doors open, implement in-ground projects, and offer programming to area residents. Thank you for your generosity!
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