Pine River Watershed Initiative Network 2022 Highlights

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Pine River Watershed Initiative Network 2022 Highlights

pine river watershed initiative network 2022 highlights

2022 was a challenging year in so many ways.
Now that 2023 is only a few weeks away, we can look back at our accomplishments of 2022:


  • Spring of 2022, PRWIN completed 4 reforestation sites on farm land in Huron Township.
  • Completed a Red Maple Reforestation site with a local land owner that was started in 2021.
  • Hosted our PRWIN Spring Seedling Program offering over 80 people personal seedling orders.
  • Director Cathy Farrell retired from our board of directors.
  • PRWIN welcomed new director Conner Dixon to our committee.
  • PRWIN hosted a Sponsorship Day to recognize our sponsors.
  • PRWIN organized a seedling planting day with the Ripley 4H Conservation Club and provided assistance to support the Ripley 4H Conservation Club and Ripley 4H Sheep Club.
  • This summer, The Ripley & District Horticultural Society’s “For Our Youth” coordinated engaging activities for the young club members at the McLarty Centre. The group went on a scavenger hunt, painted rocks in the McLarty shed and went frog fishing to learn about the frog life-cycle. Also, the Ripley Wolf Cub Camp and the Ripley 4-H Conservation Club stopped in to explore in nature.
  • PRWIN directors and the 4H Conservation Club teamed up to tidy up a mature reforestation site. The volunteers removed old white field tiles from the bottom of trees along a fence line, checked tree tubex for living/dead trees and fixed stakes to secure them for the thriving trees.
  • PRWIN Directors and the 4H Conservation Club worked together to spring-clean The McLarty Environmental Study Area. The volunteers removed tubex and stakes from mature trees, trimmed branches, cut grass for pathways, and assisted with spring maintenance of the picnic tables, bird houses and sheds. The McLarty Environmental Study Area is located on Bruce Road 6/Side Road 20 in Huron Kinloss. The area is designed for our community to learn about the Pine River; wetland creation and the education of the local wildlife and plants that this area supports. PRWIN has installed a trail system throughout the area, created two wetland ponds, planted memorial trees, an osprey nest and planted over a thousand tree seedlings. Community groups have enjoyed outdoor classroom experiences at the McLarty location. Local youth groups, clubs and day camps are welcome to experience this opportunity.
  • Members of the Ripley 4H Conservation Club received Award of Merit from PRWIN to highlight the importance of their club and to connect with local youth.
  • This fall, PRWIN directors and volunteers assisted Maitland Conservation Authority by planting 200 white cedar seedlings with a local landowner.


  • PRWIN participated in community group webinars:
  • Climate Risk Products for Agriculture in Grey, Bruce and Huron (Council of the Great Lakes Region and the Climate Risk Institute)
  • Lake Huron-Georgian Bay Community Action Initiative – series of mini-summits with the topic being ‘Lake Huron and Community Perspectives on Fish
  • The Grey Bruce Federation of Agriculture Annual Politicians Meeting
  • Communities in Watershed Action Mini-Summit
  • Healthy Lake Huron Meetings – October and December 2022


  • This spring, PRWIN volunteered at the Lake Huron Coastal Centre – Boiler Beach Restoration Project. Also, PRWIN attended two webinars hosted by Lake Huron Coastal Centre Webinars for the Boiler Beach Project.
  • Spring maintenance of rain garden at the Ripley Library.
  • PRWIN’s quarterly newsletters sent to PRWIN community members.
  • PRWIN submitted an article in The Rural Voice –  Grey Bruce Federation of Agriculture and Healthy Lake Huron newsletter.
  • PRWIN attended the Bruce County 4H Club Awards Banquet.
  • PRWIN sponsored community events: Public Skating, Free Tree Raffle, milkweed seeds for community members and for a monarch habitat at the McLarty Centre and participated at the Ripley Huron Fall Fair with an information vendor table.


  • This summer, long time past PRWIN Chairperson/Director and volunteer, Jack Campbell passed away. Jack Campbell was a member with our organization for over 20 years. Jack was one of the co–founders of PRWIN when it was started in 2000 by a group of citizens concerned about the water quality in the Pine River. Jack gave countless volunteer hours to our organization along with many other community groups. PRWIN Directors respected Jack and his vision for the Pine River Watershed. PRWIN would not be where we are today without his leadership and dedication to our vision of “Clean water and a healthy ecosystem within the Pine River watershed.” Jack was the lead director to establish the PRWIN constitution for our non profit organization and he helped to connect farm owners and cottagers to preserve our community watershed.



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