Friends of Stoney Creek Celebrate 25 Years of Conservation (media release, May 2, 2017)

London, ON: The Friends of Stoney Creek are celebrating 25 years of conservation work in London!  On Wednesday, May 3, the Friends will celebrate by planting native shade trees at Stoney Creek, Stoneybrook and Jack Chambers Public Schools, as well as Lucas Secondary School, all located the Stoney Creek watershed.

Some of the major accomplishments of the Friends of Stoney Creek over 25 years of community involvement and education promoting stream health include:
– Annual Community Day tree plantings
– Annual Clean Ups with Thames River Clean Up and London Clean & Green
– Annual removal of invasive species (such as buckthorn and garlic mustard) from natural areas
– Annual Report Card Program to engage high school students in learning about water quality and the health of Stoney Creek
– Regular newsletters and brochures about stream health and natural spaces in the watershed

“We are pleased to be celebrating 25 years of protecting Stoney Creek,” said Charlotte Bouckley, from the Friends of Stoney Creek. “Thank you to all of the Friends of Stoney Creek and community members for your efforts over the past 25 years. We also appreciate the ongoing guidance and support of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority. We welcome new ideas and new members as we continue to improve Stoney Creek watershed’s health.”

Other upcoming activities as part of the 25th Anniversary include:
– Stream of Dreams Program at Stoneybrook Public School, May 8-11
– Installing interpretive signs along the Stoney Creek trail
– Creating two Low Impact Development rain gardens in the watershed
– Planting wildflowers at Stoneybrook Public School and Jack Chambers Public School in June

The Friends of Stoney Creek are a group of concerned citizens who work with the UTRCA, the City of London and the local community to improve the health of Stoney Creek. Since 1992, the Friends and their partners have been implementing hands-on stream rehabilitation projects along the creek, creating educational opportunities, and sharing their experience and knowledge.

Contacts: Charlotte Bouckley, Friends of Stoney Creek, or Linda Smith, Community Partnership Specialist

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