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!
Two grants from
External Partners Wrap up our Tree Planting Season
A strong beginning and end wraps
up a record year for shelterbelt planting in the Assiniboine River
Watershed. In late September
the Conservation District completed it’s last two community plantings of
the year, one a shelter belt to protect the newly constructed Birtle’s
municipal shop just south of town, with help from the Birtle High school
nearly 250 potted trees were planted.
A combination of hardy native shrubs, fast growing poplar and stout
evergreens were incorporated into a two row belt to strategically trap
snow and reduce annual energy costs for the building.
The tree stock was purchased with funding from Canon Canada’s “Take
Root Program” delivered by Evergreen.
Students At RM of Birtle Maintenance Shed
finished product RM of Birtle Site
Another community planting was completed days later in
the Village of St.Lazare. This
time funding was secured through CN’s
“EcoConnections From the Ground Up Program” administered by
Tree Canada. Again we engaged
the youth in the community to come out learn about the benefits of trees
planting in the watershed context, we planted a shrub row to trap snow and
deflect winds as we’ll as a evergreen row to mature and provide
long-term protection of the site.
Students From Ecole St.
Lazare helping with planting.
In both projects the
municipalities supplied equipment and time to prepare the sites.
Conservation staff found funding and wrote grants, completed design and
sites will add value to our communities in a host of ways, from direct
cost savings to municipalities, and beautifying the landscape too
providing habitat and snow management functions. Private sector funding to
support community tree planting efforts seems to remain stable and target
publicly owned properties or locations
2013 may well go down as a record for the most trees planted in the
Conservation District in any one year.
With the cancellation of the Prairie Shelterbelt Program, there was
increased demand this past spring.We planted over 38 miles of shelterbelts
as well as helped in over 6 community
plantings ranging from Miniota to Rossburn. The shelterbelt centre will be
sorely missed by some and efforts are being made to entertain it’s
revival. In it’s absence the
district will still provide planting services but tree stock will have to
be purchased from a private nursery.
Delegates:Roland Blouin (Municipal forman)
Richard Fouillard (Ellice CAO) Ken Fosty (tree Canada Rep)
Guy Huberdeau ( reeve of Ellice)
Frank Hamilton (councilor) Ryan
Canart (UARCD) Bob Sopuck (MP) Mal Mauthe (track supervisor CN)
for the Season and other Projects
have been working hard to get all of our fall water retention projects
done. We have completed new construction at 3 sites and have one left to
complete. Two other sites remain where we are improving spillways of
existing older structures.
staff has worked hard to complete 6 erosion control projects of different
sizes. Locations were from our headwaters near RMNP to the bottom end of
our district near the Assiniboine River in the RM of Woodworth.
for the year has included to date 20 different sites for our projects,
municipal surveys throughout the district and beyond at several
sites where we have been contracted by other organizations.
abandoned wells have been sealed and 6 more are pending if scheduling
shale traps slated to happen soon and two other rip rap shoreline projects
are also pending funding and require access over frozen waters.