The last two years have been difficult for the South Simcoe Streams Network – with most of its community tree-planting and other events put on hold, due to COVID.
For the past 12 years, South Simcoe Streams Network, a program of Nottawasaga Futures, has worked with local schools, municipalities and environmental organizations in South Simcoe to initiate and support projects resulting in healthier streams, improved wildlife habitat and cleaner water. Its goal is to engage the public and create “community awareness and appreciation of stream and river resources.”
Among its most effective programs have been the Community Work Days, when volunteers come together to plant native trees and shrubs along local streams and rivers.
Now that COVID restrictions are lifting, the Network is back with a full line-up of community work days, and looking for volunteers willing and able to help plant native species of trees and shrubs along local streams and waterways.
Planting events will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on the following dates:
. Saturday, April 23 in the Fraser Creek Tributary at Henderson Memorial Park, Line 9 Bradford West Gwillimbury.
. Saturday, April 30 at Sheldon Creek, southwest of Alliston in Adjala-Tosorontio.
. Sunday, May 1 at Beeton Creek, in the north end of Beeton, New Tecumseth.
. Saturday, May 7 at Leonard’s Creek in Alcona, Innisfil.
. Saturday, May 14 along the Nottawasaga River, northwest of Loretto in Adjala-Tosorontio.
. Sunday, May 15 along the Nottawasaga River near Hockley Valley, Mono.
. Saturday, May 28 along the Nottawasaga River at Gold Park Gate in Essa Township.
Anyone wishing to participate in a planting event is asked to register at here or contact Silva Pedrazzi, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-440-9129 for more information.
Please indicate which planting event you wish to participate in. Volunteers will be provided with a waiver and a volunteer checklist; masking is encouraged.
South Simcoe Streams Network invites all environmentally-minded residents to come out, enjoy the out-of-doors and a friendly community atmosphere, while participating in an orientation at each site and helping to support the environment by restoring natural habitat. Students will earn community service hours.
Community Work Days are made possible in part with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Dufferin-Simcoe Land Stewardship Network-County of Simcoe Tree Program, as well as funding from Conservation Authorities, landowners, industry and businesses, local municipalities, schools, service and outdoor clubs – and volunteers.