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RAISIN REGION CONSERVATION AUTHORITY RECEIVES $1500 GRANT FROM UNION GAS

Funds Help to Keep Hikers on Track at Gray's Creek Conservation Area

Cornwall, ON, October 31, 2017 – The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) manages Gray’s Creek Conservation Area, located just minutes east of Cornwall, in the Township of South Glengarry.  It offers over 5 km of hiking trails that are in need of an updated trail map and directional trail signage to better serve the public.  This grant from Union Gas will help the RRCA with this necessary update.

Gray’s Creek can be explored year round allowing for trail users to benefit from various activities such as cycling, hiking and walking their dogs both on the nature trails and the paved bike path.  Geocaches are also hidden within the trail system. During the winter, snowshoe rentals are available at the main. Gray’s Creek also has a family park with picnic area, shelter, kids’ play structure, and charcoal BBQ that may be reserved for company and/or family gatherings.

“We want to ensure these trails are well marked for users of all levels and those unfamiliar with the conservation area” states Richard Pilon, RRCA General Manager.

Blair Hiseler, Union Gas utility services manager for Cornwall, presented the cheque to RRCA General Manager Richard Pilon and Communications Coordinator Lissa Deslandes on October 31st along the trails at Gray’s Creek Conservation Area.

 “At Union Gas we feel strongly about working with our neighbours to make great communities even better,” said Blair Hiseler, utility services manager, Union Gas. “We’re proud to support the Raisin Region Conservation Authority’s signage initiative, which will improve recreational opportunities at Grays Creek Conservation Area.”

About Raisin Region Conservation Authority

The Raisin Region Conservation Authority has been working effectively with our community partners for over fifty years to protect and enhance our local environment.  It carries out this role through programs and services related to water and land management, conservation, recreation, plan input/review and community education. 

For more information, visit rrca.on.ca or find us on Facebook facebook.com/raisinregion or Twitter:  twitter.com/raisinregion.

About Union Gas

Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with over 100 years of experience and service to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.5 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across Ontario. Union Gas is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2017, and has assets of $8.2 billion and approximately 2,300 employees.  For more information, visit uniongas.com or find us on Twitter: twitter.com/uniongas, Facebook: facebook.com/uniongas and YouTube: youtube.com/user/uniongas.

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CONTACTS:

Raisin Region Conservation Authority
Lissa Deslandes
Communications Coordinator
Ph: 613-938-3611 ext. 237
lissa.deslandes@rrca.on.ca

Union Gas Limited
David Primorac
External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519 436-4600 ext. 5002058
djprimorac@uniongas.com



Fall is the Perfect Time to Plant Trees and Celebrate Canada 150

RRCA Commemorates Canada 150 with a Tree Planting Event Funded by Tree Canada
 
We are pleased to announce that the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) is a successful recipient of the Tree To Our Nature, Canada 150 Legacy Program from Tree Canada. The  RRCA will be one of 150 tree planting celebrations across the country in 2017 to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary with a tree community celebration.
 
The event will be held Saturday, October 14th, 2017 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the Children's Aid Society of S, D & G located at 150 Boundary Road, Cornwall. This celebratory event will have a strong First Nations component, and symbolizes growth, strength, sustainability, hope and peace.  Unique to our event is that we plan to plant the trees in the shape of a maple leaf!  
 
The Raisin Region Conservation Authority would like to thank  The Mohawks of Akwasasne, Children’s Aid Society, Transistion Cornwall, CN and the City of Cornwall for their support  of our TreeCanada, Canada 150 project.  For more information about the event, please visit www.rrca.on.ca or contact Normand Genier.  This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. 

About Raisin Region Conservation Authority
The Raisin Region Conservation Authority has been working effectively with our community partners for over fifty years to protect and enhance our local environment.  It carries out this role through programs and services related to water and land management, conservation, recreation and plan input/review and community education.  For more information, visit www.rrca.on.ca
 
About Tree Canada:
Tree Canada is a non-profit charity dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by planting and nurturing trees. Since 1992, they’ve planted more than 80 million trees, greened more than 580 schoolyards, helped restore places hit by natural disasters and brought together urban forestry experts greening cities all across Canada. Get involved or learn more about them at treecanada.ca.
 
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CONTACTS:
Raisin Region Conservation Authority
Lissa Deslandes
Communications Coordinator
Phone: 613-938-3611 ext. 237 

 

Community Tree Planting Opportunity

Volunteers needed at Gray's Creek for TD Tree day event September 17, 2017

Cornwall, ON (September 7, 2017) The Raisin Region Conservation Authority is proud to announce that we will once again be hosting TD Tree Days, in partnership with TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) Sunday, September 17th between 9am and 12pm at Gray’s Creek Conservation Area.

A total of 300 potted trees and shrubs will be planted, these trees will count towards TD FEF’s goal of planting 50,000 trees this fall nationwide. “Tree plantings provide an opportunity for community involvement and play a vital role in protecting the shoreline from erosion, improving the water quality and creating more wildlife habitat at Gray’s Creek” says Normand Genier, RRCA’s forestry specialist.

This is a family friendly free event that will directly impact the community you live in. If you are unable to personally attend the event in your community please share the event within your network to help us fill the volunteer positions. If you would like to join us and volunteer for the event, please register by clicking on the following link: visit www.tdtreedays.com and search your location in the search box on the top right hand corner. Don’t forget to bring a shovel!

About Raisin Region Conservation Authority
The Raisin Region Conservation Authority has been working effectively with our community partners for over fifty years to protect and enhance our local environment. It carries out this role through programs and services related to water and land management, conservation, recreation and plan input/review and community education. For more information, visit www.rrca.on.ca.

About TD Tree Days
TD Tree Days was launched in 2010 and provides TD Employees and their families, our customers and community partners the opportunity to demonstrate leadership in environmental stewardship in their local communities. In five years, thousands of volunteers – from Brownies to bankers – have planted over 285,000 trees through TD Tree Days

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CONTACTS:
Raisin Region Conservation Authority
Lissa Deslandes
Communications Coordinator
Phone: 613-938-3611 ext. 237
lissa.deslandes@rrca.on.ca

TD Tree Days Site Leader
Samara Burt
613-360-6690


A Legacy for Tomorrow – A Tax Break Today

RRCA now an eligible charity to receive Ecological Gifts

Cornwall, ON (August 25, 2017) – The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) is now an environmental charity eligible to receive ecological gifts under Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program (EGP). Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program provides a way for Canadians with Ecologically sensitive land to protect nature and leave a legacy for future generations. It offers significant tax benefits to landowners who donate land or a partial interest in land to a qualified recipient. The RRCA would become responsible for the conservation of the donated land’s biodiversity and environmental heritage.


The RRCA is proud to be a part of this program that helps play a vital role in protecting Canada’s biodiversity and natural heritage notes Richard Pilon, RRCA General Manager. “It provides peace of mind to landowners that can take comfort knowing their land will be cared for in the future by an organization that shares their conservation values.”


A wide variety of lands have been protected under the EGP, including forests, grasslands, wetlands and shorelines. If a property has features that have been conserved in their natural state, it may qualify as an ecological gift. For more information, contact the Raisin Region Conservation Authority.

About Raisin Region Conservation Authority
The Raisin Region Conservation Authority has been working effectively with our community partners for over fifty years to protect and enhance our local environment. It carries out this role through programs and services related to water and land management, conservation, recreation and plan input/review and community education. For more information, visit www.rrca.on.ca.

About the Ecological Gifts Program
The Ecological Gifts Program is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada in cooperation with dozens of partners, including other federal departments, provincial and municipal governments, and environmental non-government organizations. Thanks to this team approach and a dedication to continuously evolving and improving, the Program has become more successful each year.


Between the inception of the program in 1995 and October 31 2016, 1260 ecological gifts valued at over $807 million have been donated across Canada, protecting over 180,000 hectares of wildlife habitat. Many of these ecological gifts contain areas designated as being of national or provincial significance, and many are home to some of Canada's species at risk. For more information, visit https://www.ec.gc.ca/pde-egp

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CONTACTS:
Raisin Region Conservation Authority
Lissa Deslandes
Communications Coordinator
Phone: 613-938-3611 ext. 237
lissa.deslandes@rrca.on.ca

 

 

 

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