SNC is celebrating 75 years of environmental conservation with events planned throughout the entire year. Since being established by the Conservation Authorities Act of Ontario in 1947, the SNC has worked on behalf of 16 member municipalities in Eastern Ontario to protect the environment and get people involved in what goes on with the land they live on. Clean water projects, tree planting, and preventing environmental disasters like erosion and flooding are just some of the things the SNC has done over the years.
“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.”
SNC is hosting celebratory events throughout 2022 to highlight how people can contribute to a Living Natural Legacy. The agency will be hosting a maple syrup education program and giving away free trees in the spring, and after the annual general meeting in April, there will be an open house and eco-education day in the summer. The Friends of SNC charity golf tournament will be held in the Fall.
There is also a year-long 75-kilometre Challenge that launched February 12. Visitors can track the distance they hike, paddle, snowshoe, or walk through SNC conservation areas throughout the year, going at their own pace.
“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. I look forward to continuing our work together to enhance our quality of life and protect our natural resources. It is through our actions that future generations will continue to learn to enjoy our river.”