South Nation Conservation (SNC) is celebrating 75 years of conservation in 2022.

Established under the Conservation Authorities Act of Ontario in 1947, SNC has decades of practical experience protecting the environment and engaging communities working on behalf of 16 member municipalities in Eastern Ontario.

This work includes working with property owners on environmental clean water projects and tree planting projects; managing 20,000 acres of community land; providing parks and river access points along the River and protecting people and property from flooding, erosion, and landslides.

“It’s important to reflect on where we came from and explore ways to continue making a difference, said Angela Coleman, SNC General Manager. “Without the support of our watershed communities, our member municipalities, and our local, provincial and federal partnerships our success would not be possible. We greatly appreciate all of our partners and those who use the River and natural resources in responsible ways that promote and preserve it for future generations.”

“On behalf of the Board of Directors at South Nation Conservation, I want to thank our watershed communities for 75 years of conservation in Eastern Ontario and we look forward to many more,” said George Darouze, SNC Board Chair and Deputy Mayor of the City of Ottawa. “SNC prides itself in working with the diverse communities and municipalities of the watershed to help maintain and improve the natural resources within it.”

To commemorate the milestone, SNC is hosting celebratory events throughout 2022 to highlight how water resource management and stewardship of our conservation lands help contribute to a living natural legacy.

Some of the activities are new initiatives and others are comm­unity favourites, such as:

Take a Hike – 75km Challenge – Year-Long
Maple Syrup Education Programming – Spring 2022
Community Free Tree Pick Ups – Spring 2022
Annual General Meeting – April 2022
Open House and Eco-Education D­­­ay – Summer 2022
Taste the Nation Partnerships – Summer 2022
Friends of SNC Charity Golf Tournament – Fall 2022

SNC launched the 75km Challenge in February. Watershed residents and visitors alike are encouraged to visit SNC’s Conservation Areas throughout the year and track their distance: whether they snowshoe, hike, paddle or walk. It’s not a race – participants can do it on their own time and at their own pace.

“We invite our watershed community to keep updated on our anniversary celebrations that will occur over the next year by visiting our social media and website,” said Coleman.