Environmental Youth Corps Kicking Off for Second Year
For Immediate Release
St. Thomas – 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:
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)