Thank you volunteers

December 22, 2015   ·   0 Comments

Dear editor:
The South Simcoe Streams Network (SSSN) extends a heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in conservation activities along our waterways this year. Your investment in local stream health is greatly appreciated.
Accomplishments to improve water quality, habitat and bank stabilization include: the planting of over 7000 native trees and shrubs along 17 stream corridors; the removal of a major log jam that opened up fish migration on the Boyne River; the application of over 225 metres of in-stream conifer bank treatment using recycled scotch pine and log jam material; the creation of 3450 square metres of floodplain along Beeton Creek; the installation of 1100 live plant cuttings; and the removal of invasive Phragmites (European Common Reed grass) at three pilot locations. This was made possible in part by over 1000 community volunteers collectively contributing more than 3000 hours of their time.
The SSSN works under the umbrella of Nottawasaga Futures and in partnership with local municipalities, Dufferin Simcoe Land Stewardship Network, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority. The Committee reaches out to over 60 groups to help with stream restoration in the Nottawasaga River and Lake Simcoe watersheds in South Simcoe. Our current main funding sources are through Environment Canada (Lake Simcoe/South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund) and the Government of Ontario (Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry). Some private and municipal contributions are also received which is essential to programming.
A look ahead to the New Year includes 2016 spring ‘Trees for Streams’ events, involvement in shoreline erosion control and pond decommissioning. To volunteer for 2016 or find out more please contact
Silvia Pedrazzi
Environment Liaison for the
South Simcoe Streams Network
Nottawasaga Futures

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