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Pictured in front of bridge (left to right): John Sanna (Site Environmental Advisor, OPG), Cindy Saucier (Councillor, Russell Township). Pictured standing on bridge (left to right): Phil Duncan (SNC), Celine Guitard (Russell Township), Mike Leger (SNC), Pat Piitz (SNC), Caroline Goulet (SNC), Kevin Bird (Russell Township), Doug Thompson (Past-Chair, SNC Board of Directors).

SNC unveils property upgrades at J. Henry Tweed Conservation Area in Russell

Thanks to support provided by Ontario Power Generation (OPG), South Nation Conservation (SNC) has completed property upgrades and shoreline restoration work at the J. Henry Tweed Conservation Area in Russell this fall.

Work included resurfacing the park’s recreational trail; installing a new pedestrian bridge; removing hazard trees to increase public safety; and restoring sections of shoreline along the park’s watercourse to help reduce erosion. Additional tree planting is also scheduled to take place in the spring of next year to help increase local forest cover.

The project removed hundreds of dead and dying Ash Trees, infected with the Emerald Ash Borer; and helped restore a stream which had eroded into the parks trail system.

“We would like to thank Ontario Power Generation for helping to improve this public natural space in the community,” said John Mesman, SNC’s Communications Lead.

Through OPG’s Regional Biodiversity program, SNC has a strong history of partnering with OPG on environmental stewardship projects that help to increase local biodiversity and restore habitats for plants and animals across the Conservation Authority’s public natural spaces as well as local woodlands, grasslands and wetlands. A 3-year project with OPG was recently completed in Larose Forest.

SNC is also committed to working with its municipal partners to regularly maintain and improve its public Conservation Areas and trails to ensure accessible, year-round recreation for residents.

“We look forward to continue working with our municipal and community partners to protect and enhance the local environment and provide outdoor recreational opportunities,” added Mesman.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Taylor Campbell, Communications Specialist, 1-877-984-2948, [email protected].

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