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The Forum will have a keynote session on the OVRT (with particular focus on the segment between Arnprior and Renfrew) and the new Renfrew County Trails Strategy, with feedback from small group table discussions. We also will have speakers examining trails from different perspectives, including local municipalities, trail user groups, and successful examples of community-based trails development. There are many examples: the Shaw Woods trails, the Footprints in Time trail at Bonnechere Provincial Park, the Kiwanis Walkway in Pembroke, the Forest Lea ski trails, the McNamara Trail in Arnprior, the Emerald Necklace trails in Petawawa, the Beachburg County Forest off-road cycling trails, the Oiseau Rock Trail in Sheenboro, and the Manitou hiking and snowshoeing trails in Calabogie, to name a few.
Fee for the day is $20 and is payable at the door. Please register in advance by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Renfrew County Stewardship Forum was initiated to connect people and organizations with an interest in the environment, a strong sense of place, and a concern about the future. Tackling our environmental, social and economic challenges requires collaborative action among a diversity of people and organizations with strong convictions and the courage to act on them. The Forum aims to foster intense interaction, networking and information exchange about what’s happening to our communities and our environment, so that we can adopt innovative partnerships and approaches and take effective action. Now is the time. Together we can shape our future to sustain our collective values and communities.
The inaugural Renfrew County Stewardship Forum, “Fostering Adaptive Collaboration”, was hosted by the Bonnechere River Watershed Project (BRWP), the Renfrew County Stewardship Council and Algonquin College at its Pembroke campus in April 2012. Discussions focused on our changing climate and the collaborative, non-regulatory approach used by Muskoka Watershed Council to advance stewardship and to foster innovation. The second Forum, “Fostering Shoreline Conservation”, was hosted by the BRWP and the Centre for Sustainable Watersheds (now Watersheds Canada) in February 2013 in Pembroke. Discussions focused on the Centre for Sustainable Watershed’s shoreline surveys, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority’s research on implications of changing climate on water management, and proposed community collaboration to address water quality issues in Muskrat Lake. The third Forum, “Celebrating Our Watersheds: Trails and Tributaries”, was hosted by the BRWP and the Ottawa River Institute (ORI) on in May 2014 in Pembroke. It featured discussions on active transportation, trail development along the abandoned CP rail line, and water quality concerns in the Muskrat and Bonnechere watersheds. The fourth Forum, “Towards Watershed Planning”, was hosted by BRWP, ORI, Sustainable Eastern Ontario and the National Capital Environmental Nonprofit Network in Pembroke. It focused on water quality and the County’s proposed new Official Plan.
Over 150 ideas were suggested as the 46 participants – including about a half dozen local elected municipal officials – engaged in round-table discussions. View the summary of the discussions here.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:00pm
Royal Canadian Legion, 57 Veterans Way, Eganville
Location is wheelchair accessible - Refreshments will be served - Everyone Welcome
RSVP and more information: email@example.com or parcrenfrew.org
Seedy Sunday is a remarkable phenomenon that continues to catch on across Canada. Gardeners, seed savers, seed vendors, local food producers, horticultural societies, organic practitioners, and local nature groups come together in a venue where they can learn from one another, exchange ideas and seeds, and purchase seeds and plants in a fun social setting. It’s a day to educate, learn and promote local food, more sustainable methods of growing and the preservation and use of heirloom, organic and open-pollinated seeds.
Click here to see the agenda and to register.
This year's Forum theme is - Towards Watershed Planning
The Renfrew County Stewardship Forum is about connecting people and organizations with a strong sense of place and future possibilities. The Forum is needed because tackling our environmental, social and economic challenges requires collaborative action among a diversity of people and organizations with strong convictions and the courage to act on them. To be effective will require adopting innovative partnerships and approaches.
The forum aims to foster intense interaction, networking and information exchange to explore how to inform people about what’s happening to our communities and environment in a way that they can relate to, understand and take action. Now is the time. Together we can shape our future to sustain our collective values and communities.
Warm up your Paddling Season with Some Paddle Films!
Fri. June 5 - Bill Mason Film Fest with Paul Mason
6:30- 10pm at the Eagles Nest, Eganville Arena. $5.
Sat. June 6 - Wilber Lake to Eganville Paddle - $10 in advance, $13 day of paddle.
Followed by local food and music (open mic).
Organized by BRWP and Bonnechere Valley Twp. Register at: www.celebrateourriver.ca
Rendezvous: Eganville Arena
Sat. June 13 - 9:30am - Bonnechere River, Renfrew to Ottawa River Paddle and Clean up - $10. Organized by BRWP and the Ottawa River Institute. Register by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Rendezvous: End of Plaunt St, Renfrew. Bring a lunch.
Sat. June 20 - 9:00 am - Bonnechere River, Round Lake to Golden Lake Paddle - $10. Organized by BRWP and the Ottawa River Institute. Register by email to: email@example.com
Rendezvous: End of John Foy Lane, Round Lake. Bring along some lunch or snacks. The ORI AGM Follows at 2:30 at the Sands on Golden Lake.
Sat. June 27, 8:30am registration. 9:30 departure -Sand Point to Red Pine Bay Paddle as part of Ottawa Riverfest, Braeside. $10. Rendezvous: Red Pine Bay. Drop off canoes/kayaks in advance at Sand Point Wharf.
Register by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat. July 18 - 1:00pm - Bonnechere River, Eganville to Fourth Chute Paddle and Fiddle - $10. Followed by Bonnechere Caves optional BBQ ($5) and Music ($10). Organized by BRWP, Bonnechere Caves. Register by email to: email@example.com
Rendezvous: Bonnechere Caves
Sat. Aug. 8 - 1:00pm - Madawaska River, Cherry Point Park to Burnstown Beach Paddle- $10. Organized by BRWP and MacNab Braeside Township. Followed by optional BBQ at Neat Cafe ($12)
Register by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rendezvous: Burnstown Beach
Sat. June 20 - Ottawa River Institute Annual General Meeting - 2:30pm at The Sands on Golden Lake
Please join us for our Annual General Meeting at The Sands on Golden Lake on Saturday June 20th, at 2:30pm. (Please note time change, previously announced as 1:30 - now changed to 2:30pm)
We have openings for new board members. If you have a few hours a month to spare, and would like to contribute to the organization as a board member, please let us know.
For a bit of outdoor fun before the AGM, join us for a paddle on the Bonnechere River in the morning. See Group Paddles news item above for details.
Hope to see you there. For more information, please email us.