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Work on Prince County waterways included culvert system, blockage clearing and tree planting

Lot 11 and Area Watershed Group staff members Wayne Lynch, left; Lance Hardy, Grant Lynch and April Annand planted trees and shrubs along the Enmore River in June 2017.
Lot 11 and Area Watershed Group staff members Wayne Lynch, left; Lance Hardy, Grant Lynch and April Annand planted trees and shrubs along the Enmore River in June 2017.

Two major projects have been completed on the Freeland Creek and Enmore River.

Funds from the Wildlife Conservation Fund allowed the Lot 11 and Area Watershed Group, Inc., to improve stream connectivity on the Freeland Creek by replacing an undersized culvert system, which will reduce pressure on the system in high water flow events and improve fish passage.

The group was also able to enhance the riparian zone in that area with the planting of shrubs and trees.

On the Enmore River, group members cleared blockages from three kilometres of the river, which has already greatly improved fish passage.

They planted 1,000 trees and shrubs, and created access trails that will benefit recreational fishers and hikers.

“Our group couldn’t even consider taking on projects of this size without the funding of organizations like the Wildlife Conservation Fund, which has supported our group over many years, said Karen Rank, Watershed Group co-ordinator. This partnership is a success story for the environment and the watershed community on P.E.I.”

The Wildlife Conservation Fund is made possible by the purchase of Conservation Licence Plates and through fees paid by anglers, hunters and trappers.

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