SNC Celebrating 75 Years of Conservation in 2022

08-Feb-2022 08-Feb-2022

In 2022, South Nation Conservation (SNC) is pleased to be celebrating 75 years of conservation. Established under the Conservation Authorities Act of Ontario in 1947, SNC has decades of practical experience protecting our environment and engaging communities working on behalf of 16 member municipalities in Eastern Ontario. 

This work includes working with property owners on environmental clean water projects and tree planting projects; managing 20,000 acres of community land; providing parks and river access points along the River and protecting people and property from flooding, erosion, and landslides. 

“It’s important to reflect on where we came from and explore ways to continue making a difference, said Angela Coleman, SNC General Manager. “Without the support of our watershed communities, our member municipalities, and our local, provincial and federal partnerships our success would not be possible. We greatly appreciate all of our partners and those who use the River and natural resources in responsible ways that promote and preserve it for future generations.” 

“On behalf of the Board of Directors at South Nation Conservation, I want to thank our watershed communities for 75 years of conservation in Eastern Ontario and we look forward to many more,” said George Darouze, SNC Board Chair and Deputy Mayor of the City of Ottawa. “SNC prides itself in working with the diverse communities and municipalities of the watershed to help maintain and improve the natural resources within it. I look forward to continuing our work together to enhance our quality of life and protect our natural resources. It is through our actions that future generations will continue to learn to enjoy our River.” 

To commemorate this significant milestone, SNC is hosting celebratory events throughout 2022 to highlight how water resource management and stewardship of our conservation lands help contribute to a Living Natural Legacy. 

Some of the activities are new initiatives and others are comm­unity favourites, such as: 

  • Take a Hike – 75km Challenge – Year-Long
  • Maple Syrup Education Programming – Spring 2022
  • Community Free Tree Pick Ups – Spring 2022
  • Annual General Meeting – April 2022
  • Open House and Eco-Education D­­­ay – Summer 2022
  • Taste the Nation Partnerships – Summer 2022
  • “Friends of SNC” Charity Golf Tournament – Fall 2022 

SNC will launch the 75km Challenge in February: Watershed residents and visitors alike are encouraged to visit SNC’s Conservation Areas throughout the year and track their distance: whether they snowshoe, hike, paddle or walk. It’s not a race – participants can do it on their own time and at their own pace. 

A kick-off event is scheduled for Saturday, February 12, 2022 at the Warwick Forest Conservation Area in Berwick from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 

SNC will provide free hot chocolate, live music, a bonfire and a healthy hike on the trails. 

Snowshoes will also be available for people to use for free during the event.

In partnership with SDG Library, a special walk-through story book will also be featured. COVID-19 protocols will be adhered to.  

Parking for the event at the Warwick Forest is located at 15755 County Road 9, Berwick.  

“We invite our watershed community to keep updated on our anniversary celebrations that will occur over the next year by visiting our social media and website,” said Coleman. 

For more information, please contact Shannon Gutoskie, Communications Specialist at 1-877-984-2948, or