St. Thomas - May 30, 2019 - Based on the success of the first year of the Kettle
Creek Environmental Youth Corps in 2018, KCCA has launched the program again this
year with 13 local high school students participating.
"Participants have an opportunity to learn about the Kettle Creek watershed through
meaningful hands-on experiences, gain volunteer hours and meet new people," says
Betsy McClure, KCCA's stewardship program supervisor.
The Youth Corp's first event will be planting 200 potted shrubs along the northshore
of Lake Margaret in partnership with the City of St. Thomas this Saturday, June
1st. "The shrubs that are being planted will help to reduce erosion along the shoreline
and provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife," says McClure. In addition,
throughout the summer Youth Corps members will participate in wildflower planting
at the St. Thomas Elevated Park, trail maintenance and invasive species removal.
In its first year, the EYC had 12 participants contributing over 170 hours of service.
Throughout the program, participants planted 500 trees, 2,000 wildflowers, removed
invasive species like giant ragweed and common buckthorn, and maintained over 6,000
metres of hiking trails.
The Environmental Youth Corps program has been made possible in 2019 from the generous
support of the Jean and Fred Biehl Fund within the Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation
and the Kettle Creek Environmental Trust.
For more information: Betsy McClure
Kettle Creek Conservation Authority
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Planting 200 shrubs along Northshore of Lake Margaret (access at entrance to Pinafore
Park on Hummingbird Line)