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TOURISM SERVICE AT LE CHENAIL NEW TREES THROUGHOUT THE REGION
Staff for the South Nation Conservation Authority and the Raisin Region Conservation Authority practised social distancing as they manned booths set up to provide free trees and shrubs for local homeowners to plant as part of the annual spring tree planting programs of the two regional conservation agencies. —supplied photo
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River. The SNC and RRC were also able to host their annual seedling giveaway proj- ects that provided local landowners with 17,500 free tree seedlings and shrubs for planting in May. The seedlings and shrubs, which include several nut-bearing varieties, will also help enhance the local forest cover and also provide future food sources for various kinds of wildlife. More than 180,000 trees and shrubs native to the region were planted through the two conservation authorities’ own tree planting programs. SNC staff planted 140,000 trees across the Five Counties region and in Leeds and Grenville coun- ties and in Ottawa’s rural area. That figure includes 50,000 trees planted in the Larose Forest, which borders The Nation Municipality and the Village of Bourget in Clarence-Rockland. RRC staff planted 40,000 trees through Stormont-Dundas- Glengarry and Cornwall’s rural area. More free tree giveaways are planned for autumn in the cities of Ottawa and Cornwall and in South Glengarry Township.
Hawkesbury council approved a recommendation during a May 29 special session for a six-month agreement at $15,000 with Le Chenail Cultural Centre to provide limited tourist information service at the centre office on the Île du Chenail next to the Long Sault Bridge entry into Hawkesbury. The agreement is for the period from June 1 to November 30. —photo Gregg Chamberlain
Thousands of new trees were planted throughout Eastern Ontario through partnerships with local conservation agencies. The South Nation Conservation Agency (SNC) and the Raisin Region Conserva- tion Agency (RRC) announced success for their annual spring tree planting programs for their watershed areas in the seven counties of Prescott, Russell, Stormont, Dundas, Leeds, and Grenville. “We’re proud to be adding so many native trees and shrubs to the local landscape in Eastern Ontario,” stated Taylor Campbell, SNC representative. “We hope this work will help create both a greener summer and future.” Despite the current COVID-19 pan- demic situation, the two conservation agencies managed their own annual tree planting programs to help maintain and enhance the existing forest cover in the two watersheds bordering the Ottawa
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$15,000 and runs from June 1 to November 30. The town and Le Chenail would renegoti- ate any extensions at the end of November. The provincial pandemic plan to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic shut down Le Chenail’s spring operation. That included its series of live concerts, art exhibits, and other activities. But, Tsourounakis noted, the skeleton staff at the centre’s office on Île du Chenail still get people dropping in to ask questions about local attractions like Confederation Park, or asking to use the washroom facility. “People still do go out to take a walk in the park,” Tsourounakis said. “So we’d just be defraying some of the expenses they (Le Chenail) already have. It’s not a great amount (to spend) to have a welcome face at the doorstep of Hawkesbury.” Councillors Robert Lefebvre, Raymond Campbell, and Yves Paquette voted against the proposal, expressing concern the wis- dom of any kind of tourist information setup when the province is still under emergency health alert status because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Councillors André Chamaillard and Law- rence Bogue agreed with Mayor Assaly and Councillor Tsourounakis that a limited form of tourist information service through Le Chenail would be useful.
The Town of Hawkesbury will contract with Le Chenail Cultural Centre for a short-term tourist information service this year. Town council approved the six-month contract proposal during a special teleconfer- ence session May 29. Mayor Paula Assaly cast the deciding vote in a 4-3 split decision on the proposal. “This is not necessarily an invitation for people (tourists) to start coming here,” said Mayor Assaly, noting that the goal is to be ready as the provincial government’s step-by- step plan for restarting Ontario’s economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic results in tourists making their way to Hawkesbury again. Councillor Antonios Tsourounakis pre- sented the short-term contract proposal. He and Nicole Trudeau, Hawkesbury recreation and tourism director, met the day before with representatives for Le Chenail to discuss the matter. Last year the town had a 12-month agree- ment with Le Chenail for tourism information services for the 2019-2020 fiscal period. The value of the contract was $25,000. The six-month limited services contract is
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