Lower Trent Conservation believes that prevention is the most cost-effective method of protecting and managing our watershed resources and that is why the emphasis, in terms of funding, has been placed on preventative measures. In terms of on-the-ground conservation work, the Conservation Authority's role is to establish partnerships with other agencies, watershed residents and community groups to do restoration projects. As well, it will provide project coordination and expertise to these groups.
Tree Seedling Stock Program
Each fall, Lower Trent Conservation places a bulk order of tree seedlings with the Ferguson Forest Centre in Kemptville. All trees are approximately 3 year old native species that are grown from seeds collected locally. Trees range in size from 6 to 18 inches, depending on the species. Trees are bare root stock that are bundled in quantities of 10. The trees must be planted very soon after they have been picked up. To ensure you have the best selection of tree species available, it is best to contact Dave Impey at 613-392-5073 in early fall. The tree order form for 2008 will be available Fall 2008.
Prices for spring 2007 seedlings:
Conifer stock is $0.50 per seedling; Deciduous stock is $0.65 per seedling. Shipping and handling is $15 per order. Minimum order is 20 trees.
Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan
In 1985, pollution and habitat degradation in the Bay of Quinte and throughout the Great Lakes were serious issues. The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, which sets environmental standards, demanded that the American and Canadian governments restore water quality in the Great Lakes. In 1986, a federal, provincial, and local cleanup partnership was created to draft the Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan (BQRAP). Local implementation (1993) of the Remedial Action Plan is generally referred to as The Big Cleanup.
There are three stages to The Big Cleanup:
Stage One: (1991) Defines the problems.
Stage Two: (1993) The Big Cleanup recommends actions to restore the ecosystem and oversees their implementation.
Stage Three: Monitoring to measure success.
Currently,The Big Cleanup is in Stage Two and actions are being implemented to restore the Bay of Quinte. An updated, multi-year work plan – Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan Restoration Council Work Plan 2006-2010 – guides restoration efforts. Cleanup actions identified in the work plan will help to realize specific targets including:
Fewer restrictions on fish consumption (current restrictions are due to contaminant levels in a number of species)
Fish and wildlife habitat restored and protected
Stable, healthy and diverse fish and wildlife populations and other creatures which form the base of the aquatic food chain
Sediment quality so that it does not cause restrictions (current dredging activities are restricted due to toxic sediment)
Nutrient inputs managed to result in less algae and improvements in water quality
Fewer beach closures (decreased bacteria in water)
A number of targeted actions are outlined in the new work plan 2006-2010. These include:
The protection of significant natural areas in partnership with municipalities and landowners
The protection of fish habitats through the development of a Bay of Quinte Fish Habitat Management Plan
The monitoring of wildlife to track trends in environmental conditions through a volunteer community wildlife monitoring program
The reduction of urban pollution to the Bay through the implementation of municipal pollution prevention and control planning studies
A review of the progress made to date on lowering toxic inputs to the Bay
For more information about the Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan, visit www.bqrap.ca.
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and Fisheries and Oceans Canada are currently undertaking a project to learn about the plants and animals people use in their water gardens and aquariums. Specifically, this project will help to assess the risk of aquatic plants and animal species being released into the wild and what effects, if any, there would be on our freshwater ecosystems.
You can help! Click on the logos above to complete online surveys that will help determine the handling and disposing practices of the average Canadian. There are two separate surveys: one for water gardens and the other for aquariums.
Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario, 2001–2005 now available to pre-order.
The second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario, based on one of the most important bird research and conservation projects ever undertaken in the Western Hemisphere, is on schedule to be published in September 2007. This atlas will be an essential environmental and resource management tool, helping to assess how regional and global environmental changes have affected Ontario’s bird populations historically and particularly over the past 20 years. Profits from the sale of the atlas will go towards bird conservation projects in Ontario and Canada.
To order your copy at the special pre-sale price ($67 for Atlas participants and $79 for non-participants: retail will be $96), visit www.birdsontario.org/atlas/atlasmain.html or call 1-866-900-7100. Presale ends February 28, 2007.