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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Stay up to date by subscribing to our newsletter: www.nation.on.ca/subscribe
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.
The following Conservation Area trails are currently open and maintained for passive recreation (hiking/walking):
- Two Creeks Conservation Area, Morrisburg ON - 4km
- Robert Graham Conservation Area, Glen Stewart ON - 2km
- Warwick Forest Conservation Area, Berwick ON - 6km
- Nokomis Park - 464 Limoges Road, Limoges ON - 1km
- J. Henry Tweed Conservation Area, Russell ON - 0.8km
- W. E. Burton Conservation Area, Russell ON - 1.2km
- Russell Recreational Trail (part of New York Central Fitness Trail), Russell ON - 7km
- Oschmann Forest Conservation Area, Ormond ON - 1.2km
Trails are pet-friendly but dogs are not permitted off leash. People are encouraged to only visit parks with members of their household and maintain appropriate distances from other visitors. If using facilities, or when in close contact with others consider wearing a mask. If parking lots appear full, consider visiting at another time.
Visitation is monitored (car and trail counters in place, sites inspected weekly).
As of May 21st, the following seasonal Conservation Areas and river access site are now open:
- High Falls and Doran Park Conservation Areas, Casselman ON
- St. Albert Conservation Area, St. Albert ON
- Crysler Park Boat Launch, Crysler ON
- Embrun Boat Launch, Embrun ON
- Cass Bridge Conservation Area, Winchester ON
- Jessup's Falls Conservation Area, Plantagenet ON
- McIntosh Park Conservation Area, Berwick ON
- Findlay Creek Conservation Area, Ottawa ON
- Alfred Bog Walk, Alfred ON
- Chesterville Waterfront Docks and Boat Launch, Chesterville ON
- Oak Valley Pioneer Park Conservation Area, Winchester Springs ON
- Spencerville Mill Riverside Park and Boat Launch, Spencerville ON
SNC reminds users that distancing directives must continue to be followed: please keep your pets on leash, do not litter, and do not congregate on trails, fishing areas, parking lots or docks. Please be respectful and courteous to other visitors.
It is also unsafe and illegal under the Federal Fisheries Act to fish within 23 metres of a dam: please do not fish near dams or use water control structures to access rivers. Fish congregate in these areas to pass over dams and access fish ladders and fishing prevents many fish species from spawning, which pose significant risks to fish populations. Please use safe and appropriate fishing locations.
NOTE: WASHROOM FACILITIES WILL REMAIN CLOSED DURING THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER.
Education and Outreach
SNC’s Maple Education Program has been cancelled for 2021: the Oschmann Forest is open so that people may visit our maple woodlot and experience a self-guided tour (interpretive signs on site).
SNC created online Maple Education Videos to deliver the program online, videos can be accessed here.
Most in-person outreach activites have been postponed, including the Stream of Dreams Program.
SNC has been working with school boards to develop virtual field trip alternatives. Please contact us if you are an educator looking for more information on virtual learning opportunities with SNC.
Tree Planting Program
SNC will be planting over 200,000 trees in 2021; tree delivery dates will be communicated directly with landowners. Stock is completely allocated and SNC is no longer accepting tree orders for the 2021 planting season.
Community Tree Giveaway activities are returning in spring 2021 and will be offered by online reservation only.
Please contact us if you are a landowner interested in undertaking a planting project in 2022.
Clean Water Programs
Applications for the Clean Water Program and the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program are being accepted. Program representatives will contact applicants directly by phone.
City of Ottawa Ash Tree Replacement Program
2020 funding for the Ash Tree Replacement Program has been completely allocated. The program will return for the 2021 season; details will be announced this summer.
Woodlot Advisory Service
The Woodlot Advisory Service program continues to be offered and site visits can be scheduled at no-cost throughout the United Counties of SDG and Prescott-Russell.
Approvals and Development Review Programs
(CA Regulations, Municipal Plan Review, Drinking Water Source Protection, Septic Inspections)
SNC has been making every effort to maintain and exceed planning and permit review timelines throughout the pandemic.
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.
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 are not experiencing any service disruptions and are fully operational. Our teams have access to online 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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SNC OPERATIONS PLEASE CONTACT
John Mesman, Lead, Conservation Lands and Community Outreach