Pine River Watershed Initiative Network Winter 2021 Newletter

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Pine River Watershed Initiative Network Winter 2021 Newletter

This fall, two long serving PRWIN directors retired from our board. 
Gord Cale and Murray Ferguson were celebrated at our November meeting. These gentlemen served our organization and contributed valuable expertise to our non profit group.

David Grant, chairman of the Pine River Watershed Initiative presented certificates to recognize their dedication and support to PRWIN. 

We wish them good health and happiness with their retirement.

Due to Covid restrictions, all 2020 personal orders were declined until Spring of 2021. The varieties of seedlings available for 2021 are : White cedar, white and norway spruce, red pine, tamarack, silver maple, red and white oak, black walnut and white birch. The seedlings will be packaged in bundles of 10 seedlings.

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 our seedling pickup location.  

A big thank you to NWMO, Enbridge, Baywood Interiors, K2 Wind, OPG and Joan Storrey for supporting our 2021 PRWIN Seedling Give-Away!



2020 was a challenging year in so many ways. Now that 2021 is here, we can look back at our accomplishments of 2020:

  • We planted four reforestation sites located in Huron Kinloss.
  • Two berms installed to control runoff on 80 acres of farmland.
  • In the spring of 2020, we planted over 6,000 cedars and spruce seedlings to reforest 4.5 acres at our Tree Planting Day with OPG.
  • PRWIN assisted OPG with their Environmental Certificate.
  • We presented Award of Merits to our community members: Michelle Liddle, Trynjte Eisen &Tyson and Angela Devitt.
  • PRWIN directors developed our PRWIN Project Inventory to document PRWIN’s in ground and tree planting projects.
  • We created an Action Plan in partnership with Healthy Lake Huron.
  • PRWIN created a video to exhibit our watershed and to support our mandate.
  • We helped Point Clark Beach Association to set up a tree planting day to plant trees in the parks.
  • PRWIN planted trees at the Forging Forest at the Botanical Garden.
  • We replaced a Hicks Yew at Lewis Park.
  • Planted trees with donations received in memory of Don Cass at Bruce Beach Golf Course and Ripley Huron Community School.
  • PRWIN contributed to the SVCA “Piece of the Puzzle” to showcase our watershed.
  • This spring, PRWIN collected leaf samples to monitor the cycle and progression of growth for a local landowner.
  • This fall, our 2020 Potted Tree Ash Replacement Program offered shoreline residents over 30 potted trees.

Hicks Yew At Lewis Park


This Fall, PRWIN replaced the Hicks Yew that was vandalized at Lewis Park. In 2015, PRWIN had planted Hicks Yew’s as a celebration of PRWIN planting over 250,000 trees within the watershed. The new Hick Yew was purchased by Smeltzer’s Garden Centre and planted by the Community Services Department – Township of Huron Kinloss. 

We would like to thank our community members for their donations in 2020 to our non-profit organization. Also, we would like to recognize the contributions to PRWIN with donations in memory of our past director Don Cass. Our committee is grateful for their support of our programs and our mission of “Clean water and a healthy ecosystem within the Pine River Watershed.” 




This Fall, PRWIN welcomed a member to our board of directors.
We are happy to announce our new PRWIN director Melanie Moulton.

Melanie grew up on a cash crop farm on Highway 86. After many years living in Ripley, Melanie and her husband moved back to a family farm and built a house. This is when Melanie’s passion for nature really grew. Melanie is fortunate to have two wood lots on her family’s property, as she enjoys spending time in nature with her husband and two dogs.
Also, Melanie volunteers with the Kincardine Women’s Triathlon and enjoys painting, yoga, hiking local trails and great conversation. 


Come and Join Us!


Have you wondered what our non-profit organization is all about?

Would you like to volunteer and make a difference in our local watershed?

Why not join PRWIN and be involved with the growth and future success of our organization?

Currently, we have a position with our Board of Directors and we welcome you to join us. 

Contact us at if you would like to contribute to our community.


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 that will inform our community to be up to date with our present and future projects.
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