2021 "FREE Seedling Give-Away Program"


Above: PRWIN Directors Melanie Moulton, Murray Yungblut and Chairperson David Grant volunteer at our annual "FREE Seedling Give-Away Program". The directors handed out the seedling orders to recipients at two drive by/pick up locations in Huron Kinloss. 

Above LEFT: Volunteer Connor Dixon loading up personal seedling orders for transportation to the drive by/pick up locations. RIGHT: Chairperson David Grant packaging a seedling order.

On May 8th, over 11,000 seedlings were handed out during our annual "FREE Seedling Give-Away Program." The selection of seedlings for this year included white cedar, white spruce, Norway spruce, red pine, tamarack, silver maple, red oak, white oak, black cherry and black walnut.  Despite the cool and wet weather, PRWIN had two locations for the drive by/pick up. The Bruce Botanical Food Garden and the Point Clark Community Centre parking lot provided a wide open area for PRWIN to hand out the custom orders. Covid protocols and regulations were in place to ensure a safe and well distanced pick up of seedlings. Participants from Bruce County placed personalized seedling orders over the past year with a maximum of 200 seedlings per participant.
Donations and sponsorship from Nuclear Waste Management Organization, Ontario Power Generation, Enbridge, K2 Wind, B.M. Ross and Associates, Baywood Interiors Millwork and Joan Storrey - Storrey Stables supported our seedling program. Thank you to those participants that also donated money to the program! Thank you to our hard working directors and volunteers Connor Dixon and Jim & Christine Roberts for assisting with our community program.

2021 Reforestation Planting  Projects


Over 6,000 project seedlings were planted at five reforestation sites. Our seedlings included a variety of red maple, white cedar, white spruce, Norway spruce, white oak, black walnut and black cherry. Thank you to our PRWIN Directors David Grant, Murray Jamieson, Don Farrell, Melanie Moulton and volunteer Connor Dixon for their time and efforts to complete the reforestation sites. Special thank you to Maitland Valley Conservation Authority for sourcing the seedlings. 

Due to Covid restrictions, we had to cancel our annual 4H Volunteer Tree Planting Day for the 2nd year in a row. We miss our partnership and friendship with this group of children and their families, planting trees in our watershed. Also, we
 miss connecting with the "For Our Youth" Horticultural Group Members meeting at our McLarty Environmental Study Area.

Cattle Exclusion Project In Kinloss Township

This spring, we completed a cattle exclusion project in Huron Kinloss.  
A crossing protects the riverbed and banks as livestock pass through, and prevents sediment from being stirred up by animal activity. Livestock are fenced out of the banks of the river or stream, and only allowed access at the installed crossing. 
This will help to reduce nutrient inputs to the environment and advance monitoring of agricultural best management.
This project will help to address water quality threats and to improve water quality and ecosystem health in our watershed. This project site was reforested with spruce seedlings.
To date, we have installed 11 km of fencing along the PRWIN.
Also, this funding supports tree planting sites in Huron Kinloss.

Give us a call if you feel your land could benefit with our program. 519-395-5538

Our spring project was funded by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks through the Great Lakes Program and by B.M. Ross and Associates.


PRWIN is fortunate to have an opportunity to work with the Environmental Design and Planning Department at Fanshawe College to map our tree and in ground projects. Fanshawe summer students will be creating a "Story Mapping" of our watershed.This will allow PRWIN to update our current files and have them available on our website. PRWIN Directors Don Farrell and Murray Jamieson collected and documented information to support our projects. We are looking forward to sharing this with you.

We love our community! We are well known for taking care of our watershed and have developed a very approachable relationship with the local landowners. We welcome projects from local landowners. Berms, tree planting, cattle crossing and wetlands are the majority of project requests.

Private landowner participation is vital to the success of our watershed.

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