Canoe & Portage Routes, Rainy River District (2015 & 2016)
A group of volunteers cleared a trail at Kishkutena Lake in February 2015 to improve the condition of the route. A total of 16 more canoe routes in the district will have some work done to improve their condition too, making portages easier to traverse.
Rainy Lake Hotel, Fort Frances (2016)
Rainy River District Stewardship has pledged to donate $1,000 towards a feature in the Market Square that will be built on the site of the Rainy Lake Hotel. The exact nature of the feature has yet to be determined.
Sturgeon School Tree Plant (2015, 2016, 2017)
On Sep 19/15, 700 white spruce trees were planted on the south side of the playground at Sturgeon Creek School. Approximately 20 volunteers from the district, Tree Canada, TD Canada Trust, and Rainy River District Stewardship came out to plant the trees. Next summer, more trees will be planted to complete the project. The trees will grow to become a windbreak for the children in the playground and will be tended by Joe Reynolds over the next two years.
Sable Island Provincial Park (2015)
Community Tree Sales (2016 & 2017 & 2018)
Thanks to a generous donation of white spruce and red pine, RRDS will be continuing to sell trees at cost for local people to plant. The 2016 crop will be ready to deliver in mid may. The 2017 crop has been sown at PRT nursery in Dryden. We hope to continue this service for the next three years.
Oak Grove (2015 & 2016)
A controlled burn is planned at Oak Grove in the spring of 2016, weather conditions permitting. An Open House was held recently, which was attended by 5 members of the community.
EARS Nursery Project (2015 & 2016)
The Experimental Agricultural Research Station at Emo (EARS) is partnering with RRDS to grow trees for community forestry purposes. The idea is to rent a half acre of land from the station to plant some hard to come by native tree species. This includes bur oak, basswood, black ash, silver maple and maybe some others. The seed will be gathered by local people from local sources. These trees will be grown and tended from 2 to 5 years and then transplanted into communities in Rainy River District. Future plans may involve high school students germinating the seed and possibly erecting a greenhouse. We hope to plant the first trees in the fall of 2016.