Hydro's Forest Enhancement Program Awards our District Funding For Three
UARCD is pleased to announce that we have received funding for three tree
planting projects within our district. The sites are located at: Rossburn
Mass Grave Site at Patterson Lake; Miniota Welcome Signs; and The Birtle
Playground in The Birtle Park.
are accepted each year from July 1 to November 1. If your group or
community could benefit from some added trees next summer, apply
to the Forest Enhancement Program.
you would like the CD to help, we have been successful
partnering with Manitoba Hydro for many years, so if you have an idea in
mind give us a call at the office. You can't get the funding if you don't
ask or bring a project forward!
MCDA Convention Attended and Enjoyed By All
and CD board members recently participated in the annual MCDA conference.
This year our keynote speaker was Dr. David Suzuki who spoke and took
questions for over one hour in the Keystone Convention Hall. Excellent
conference well done Shane and the MCDA executive. Many excellent thought
provoking presentations were made throughout the day by CD managers and
David Suzuki Presenting at MCDA Conference
Government of Canada Helps the
Environment and Farmers' Bottom Lines
Miniota, Manitoba, February 21, 2012 -
Producers will have the opportunity to increase their profits through
green agriculture technologies thanks to a partnership among industry,
academia, and the Government of Canada. Member of Parliament Robert Sopuck
(Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry
Ritz, announced today an investment of $160,000 to the Upper Assiniboine
River Conservation District to study how agroforestry systems can increase
farmers' productivity while mitigating their environmental impact. >>>>>>Link
to Complete news release<<<<<<<
Getting Out With Students In Our
Riparian Areas: Scallion Creek Cleanup
with a sample of debris cleaned from The Scallion Creek
sponsorship from The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup program CD staff and
students from Virden Schools took to the creek and shoreline to clean up
garbage as well as removing a large amount of purple loosestrife plants
and seeds. For more information on purple loosestrife please check out
Species Council of Manitoba website.
School Tree Planting
A big thank you
goes out to students at the Elkhorn School for participating in a fun
afternoon of planting trees on the school sports track north of the school.
The UARCD provided potted tree stock from our tree nursery, and staff
members to assist with planning and planting. If your school or community
group would like to entertain a tree planting project please contact the
UARCD office ( 204-567-3554) and we will gladly help you out.
not entertain the idea of a tree planting project in your
most cases all you have to do is ask.
Buffers For Riparian Protection And Energy Production
2010 and 2011 and continuing again this year UARCD has decided to research the viability of willow planting as a
way to protect riparian zones as well as an alternative energy source. We
have developed three sites with the guidance of Dr. Bill Schroeder
of the Shelter Belt Centre at Indian Head, SK.
The planted areas consist of a double row of willow separated by a
2 meter buffer and another double row of willow. We are using three
varieties of willow for our trials.
The project is
researching the production of willow crops, mainly on marginal
agricultural land, for processing into renewable energy. We hope in the
future to involve more land owners interested in bringing marginal land
back into use by lowering the salinity caused by clearing natural willow
stands and other woody shrubs.
The benefits of
projects like this are many. Nutrient interception which plays to
improving water quality is very important in maintaining a healthy
watershed and healthy riparian zones. Biomass production as an alternative
energy source plays into renewable energy resource for heating purposes as
well as helping to sequester carbon. The return of marginal land back into
production also helps the farmer's pocket book. Expected harvest times
are between 3-5 years. The CD
is always looking for more sites, so if you have some marginal land please
give us a call!
Stop by our office at Miniota to apply for our
2013/2014 programs or give
us a call with any conservation project ideas you have.
Something to think about...........................................................how
to reduce yours!