Pine River Watershed Initiative Network Winter 2020 Newletter

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Pine River Watershed Initiative Network Winter 2020 Newletter

PRWIN Directors David Grant and Murray Ferguson joined the Ripley 4H Conservation Club planting trees in Point Clark. It was a fresh, crisp day as the dedicated group planted the trees for the Township of Huron Kinloss. David Grant talked to the group about PRWIN projects and Murray Ferguson planted trees with the 4H Conservation Club. Photos courtesy of Emily Neitzel, Ripley 4-H Conservation Club.

We are ready to take your seedling orders! You can choose from the following varieties of seedlings: Cedar, spruce, red and white pine, tamarack, silver maple, red oak, and black walnut. The seedlings come in a bundle of 10 seedlings.

DEADLINE: February 11th, 2020 **first-come, first-serve basis. We are placing a maximum of 200 per property/per person. 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.  

A big thank you to Trillium Roots Community Support Fund (Trillium Mutual Insurance), Community Foundation Grey Bruce and OPG for supporting our 2020 PRWIN Seedling Give-Away!
Call us at 519-395-5538 
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Lynda Cain (center) of Ontario Power Generation presents donations to several groups in the Kincardine area. David Grant of the Pine River Watershed Initiative Network accepted the donation to support our 2020 Seedling Program. The photo is courtesy of the Kincardine Record.


Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) wetland restoration is supported by PRWIN to assist with the expansion of a wetland to address erosion issues.

In 2010, 11 acres of marginal farmland was retired and 3,650 trees planted to buffer the Bayfield River at Huronview. A low-lying wet area was retired to collect water (Wetland A) in spring and fall.
In 2011, ABCA created a wetland south of the retired lagoon (Wetland B). Soil erosion remained an issue on the row-cropped areas draining into Wetland A. To solve the erosion issues, the field was tiled and the expansion of Wetland A will treat the tile water.
The contractor installed a water control structure at Wetland A to control water levels in the wetland. Also, the contractor installed water control structures on the contoured tiles to raise or lower the water table in the field, depending on the need at different times throughout the year. The clay was excavated from the wetland to create two terraces. The terraces will divert water to an open intermittent stream and empty into Wetland B that was created in 2011.
The wetland will allow any sediment to settle out, allow for infiltration through the soils and filtration once the seed and plants are established.

Text and photos courtesy of Angela Van Niekerk, Wetland Specialist
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority


PRWIN “Species at Risk” Project 


Our Species At Risk Project is completed. It involves reforestation and a crossing/fencing for a local landowner.  The reforestation site is on retired pasture land on the Pine River, allowing habitat to relocate in Huron Kinloss. Project A of our crossings, includes a 60-foot slab river crossing and 100 metres of new fencing. There are ripple ponds to promote a fish spawning bed, as trout are in-stream in the spring, as well as, trees to provide shade. Project B, which is downstream 200 metres, has a cement block retaining wall and in-ground water supply. This will allow spring feed water to return to the mainstream, along with 20 trees and 30 metres of new fencing. The combination of these two projects will improve and promote the existing fish habitat. This project was a partnership with Bruce Power and Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority. 


We would like to thank Abraflex for their donation to our Spring 2019 4H Volunteer Tree Planting Day. Our PRWIN Directors Murray Jamieson and Don Farrell accept their generous donation. Our committee is grateful for their support of our tree program and our mission of “Clean water and a healthy ecosystem within the Pine River Watershed.” Photo courtesy of Abraflex.






PRWIN had Bob Barnett from Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy attended our November meeting. Bob presented past and present landowner projects. The presentation reviewed carbon offsets, land trust, CO2 funding as well as financial and ecological returns on conservation.

2020 Bruce Power Calendar Showcase PRWIN

PRWIN was fortunate to be given the opportunity to take part in the Bruce Power’s fundraiser calendar for 2020. Each month will feature a different group, and with it, a different decade in time. Bill Steele (PRWIN director) and Penny Faragher Robertson will be featured in a 1930’s tree scene. This fundraiser was a success for PRWIN and there are only a few calendars left. 

We encourage our vital community members to share our newsletter, website, and Facebook page. There is an opportunity for everyone to sign up for our newsletter. We have resources about our organization on our website and our social media page allows our community to be up to date with our present and future projects.
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