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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): UPDATES TO SNC OPERATIONS


South Nation Conservation (SNC) is committed to supporting municipalities, partners and people as the Coronavirus Pandemic unfolds.

While the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, board, volunteers, and members of the public who interact with us.

Following the advice of public health authorities, we have restricted non-essential activities, travel, meetings, public use of our facilities and programs and have employees working safely remotely. 

SNC Administrative Office is closed to visitors and guests: please use our drop box for paperwork or phone and email to connect with SNC staff. Meetings can be scheduled with staff by appointment, please email info@nation.on.ca

Updates to our operations and business continuity planning will be posted on this page below, including:

  • Public Meetings
  • Programs and Services
  • Conservation Areas Open
  • Administrative Office and SNC Staff
  • Community Resources and Contact Info

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PUBLIC MEETINGS

Most public meetings scheduled in Spring 2020 were postponed to accomodate online participation. 

SNC's Annual General Meeting was postponed to Thursday, September 17, 2020, details here

Future essential public meetings will be hosted through online platforms: updates are posted on SNC's Event Calendar Online. SNC’s Meeting Rooms are not available for community bookings at this time. 

Please note: the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks directed Conservation Authorities to amend their administrative by-laws to allow for virtual meetings, including teleconference.


PUBLIC CONSERVATION AREAS AND BOAT LAUNCHES

In accordance with the Government of Ontario’s Emergency Orders, many outdoor physical recreational amenities were closed in Spring 2020. 

Following the Provincial announcement on May 14th and direction from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, SNC re-opened public boat launches and river access points and select Conservation Areas as of May 19th, 2020.

The following Conservation Area remain open and maintained for passive recreation (walking):

There are no physical structures or amenities at previously open sites. There are maintained recreational trails and pedestrian bridges. For now, only select washroom facilities are open.

The following Conservation Areas and municipal partner sites for river access are open (seasonal closures will be effective November 1st):

The following Conservation Areas will remain temporarily closed:

Structures in parks remain closed, and distancing directives must be followed. Dogs are not permitted off leash, visitors must not litter, and people are asked not to congregate in fishing areas and not use water control structures to access rivers or to fish.

People are encouraged to only visit parks with members of their household and maintain appropriate distances from other visitors.

Visitation is monitored (car and trail counters in place, sites inspected weekly). 

 


PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Education and Outreach
SNC’s Maple Education Program has been cancelled: the Oschmann Forest is open so that people may visit our maple woodlot and experience a self-guided tour (interpretive signs on site). 

Most outreach activites for other programs have been postponed, including the Stream of Dreams Program.

Flood Forecasting Program and Dam Operations Continue 
Regular updates are available online and on social media

Tree Planting Program
Tree seedlings should be available late April: SNC will be planting over 150,000 trees in 2020; tree delivery dates will be communicated directly and Community Tree Giveaway activities are offered by online reservation only. 

SNC is still accepting orders for 2021, with a goal of planting 200,000 trees. Free site visits need to be scheduled with staff to be eligible for planting support and subsidies. 

Clean Water Programs
Applications for the Clean Water Program and the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program are being accepted, but site visits will not be performed in 2020. Program representatives will contact applicants directly by phone.

City of Ottawa Ash Tree Replacement Program
The City of Ottawa is permitting essential property maintenance services including hazard tree removal effective May 1. Applications are still being accepted through this program. 

Woodlot Advisory Service
All woodlot visits scheduled for this summer will be rescheduled for Fall 2020. SNC staff will contact property owners directly. Please contact staff with questions on woodlot management or to schedule a free visit. 

Approvals and Development Review Programs
(CA Regulations, Municipal Plan Review, Drinking Water Source Protection, Septic Inspections)

SNC will make every effort to maintain planning and permit review timelines.

Contractors and residents are asked to support "no contact visits" during essential inspections; please ensure that no one is on site, our team members will communicate instructions directly by phone. 

Other projects and programs continue through remote operations and updated health and safety measures. 

 


ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE AND STAFF

Our offices are closed to visitors and guests. Meetings can be scheduled by appointment only. People are encouraged to drop off paperwork in our drop box located outside our office, or to contact our staff by phone (613-984-2948) or by email (nation.on.ca/contact).

We do not anticipate service disruptions at this time and are fully operational. Our teams have access to collaboration tools and file servers through a secure VPN service. Field operations continue and all staff have access to emails and can answer phone calls.

SNC is monitoring the pandemic and response closely and will provide updates on changes to operations and business continuity as they become available. Your patience, support and cooperation are appreciated.


COMMUNITY RESOURCES

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SNC OPERATIONS PLEASE CONTACT
John Mesman, Lead, Communications and Outreach
jmesman@nation.on.ca
613-984-2948