trees and shrubs planted at bayfield river flats
PHOTOS BY JACK PAL
In mid-May, Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist with Ausable Bayfield Conservation, and his planting crew, helped enhance the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area with the planting of native tree and shrub species. The planting was coordinated by Bayfield River Valley Trails Association.
Community partners in Bayfield and area are continuing to protect and improve the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area. One of the most recent projects is planting of native tree and shrub species at the 4.75-acre riverside property.
A crew from Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA)planted 40 trees and 90 shrubs at the Bayfield River Flats on May 12. This work, to further protect and improve the Bayfield River Flats, was made possible with a grant from the Huron County Clean Water Project. The county program contributed 50 per cent cost-share funding to make the improvements possible.
The crew members planted native tree species such as White Cedar, Sycamore and Tulip Tree. They planted native shrub species such as Nannyberry, Red Dogwood, Pussy Willow, Elderberry, Redbud and Serviceberry.
“This planting project will enhance wildlife habitat and increase diversity of plant and animal species of the river valley and the flood plain,” said Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist with ABCA. “The flowering shrubs will add to the natural beauty as well.”
Volunteers from Bayfield, including members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), coordinated the planting of native trees and shrubs there. It was great to work with Peter Jeffers, BRVTA trails manager; Roger Lewington, Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) chair; and community volunteers on the project, Jean said.
Peter Jeffers, Trails manager with Bayfield River Valley Trails Association (BRVTA), coordinated the planting of native tree and shrub species at Bayfield River Flats Natural Area in mid-May.
The Bayfield River Flats is owned and protected permanently by the HTLTC, working with the BRVTA. The other properties permanently protected by the land trust are Woodburne Farm, south of Goderich; Heaman Tract, near Ailsa Craig; and Mayhew Tract near Holmesville.
“This planting project is going to help a great deal to preserve and enhance this important riverbank area,” said Jeffers. “Generous donors had a vision of what the Bayfield River Flats could be. It is rewarding to see that vision come into clearer focus with every new cooperative project completed by community partners.”
A tree planting crew from Ausable Bayfield Conservation plants native trees and shrubs at the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area in mid-May. The tree planter at left is Stephen Holmes and, at right, Wesley Stokes.
The HTLTC was formed in 2011, by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF), a registered Canadian charity. The land trust serves the area of the historic Huron Tract from the early days of settlement. The HTLTC is a volunteer organization with a separate board of directors and is a member of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. The HTLTC accepts donations and bequests of land and gives people in the Huron Tract area a way to make a positive difference by helping protect and restore land, water, and nature.
For more information on the HTLTC, please email email@example.com or call 1-888-286-2610 or visit htltc.ca.
check for permits before starting shoreline projects
The return of warm weather and the provincial phased easing of COVID-19 restrictions is encouraging people to think of returning to their shoreline properties and to consider building or upgrades or other development. This is prompting Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) staff to remind the public to first contact their municipality and conservation authority if they are planning to do work that may be in a regulated area such as the shoreline. Permits are required for this work.
ABCA regulations and planning staff ask people to contact them before the work begins. Talking to them during the planning stages can save time and save unnecessary expenses later.
“It really makes a positive difference when residents contact us early on,” said Geoffrey Cade, ABCA Water and Planning Manager. “It helps us to provide information they need about whether their property is in a regulated area and what policies allow and what they don’t.”
According to Cade, contacting the conservation authority first “saves money and time for the property owner by letting them know if their planned work meets provincial regulations and local policies and whether it can be considered for permit approval.”
In the first phase of provincial reopening, there was an increase in reports of unauthorized work in regulated areas, according to the conservation authority. Staff are working remotely when possible during the current pandemic but they are also visiting areas, observing pandemic protocols, where there are reports of work that has begun without a permit.
People are advised to contact their municipality and ABCA, to find out if permits are required, before they consider new works to ensure their plans meet policies.
“A good rule of thumb is the earlier the better,” Cade said. “Our staff can tell you if or how regulations and policies affect your property. In some cases, the staff member may offer advice on how you can amend your plan so it could meet the regulation and policies. Staff can also let you know what documents to submit and if any studies are needed.”
Lake Huron water levels, at or near record highs, have reinforced the need to protect people and property from natural hazards such as flooding and erosion. The conservation authority protects people and property by keeping development out of the areas of highest natural hazards. The ABCA regulates development, interference with wetlands, and alterations to shorelines and watercourses through the Conservation Authorities Act and Ontario Regulation 147/06.
For maps of regulated areas visit: www.abca.ca/planning/mappingportal
To find out more visit abca.ca or contact Meghan or Daniel, by email through the staff contacts page www.abca.ca/contact/staff/, or by phone at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
Foundation to benefit from Canadian Giving Challenge
A local conservation foundation says people can make an extra difference to their community by donating in June. The month of June is the Great Canadian Giving Challenge.
Why is a donation in June so important? Every donation made, of $3 or more, to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF), through the Giving Challenge website, gives the ABCF a chance to win a $20,000 donation in support of its work.
To donate visit www.givingchallenge.ca in June and search out Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundationor or go directly to this web page: www.canadahelps.org/en/gcgc/13580
People can donate to support all the programs of the ABCF or they can specify which program they want to support.
There is a line on the online donation form that says, ‘Message for Ausable Bayfield Consevation Foundation (Optional)’. In that field, people should feel free to mention the program they want to support. For instance, individuals might want to support tree planting, or conservation areas and trails, conservation education, or another program.
To find out more about the work of the ABCF visit this web page: www.abca.ca/foundation.
Only donations made from June 1-30, at givingchallenge.ca, will enter the charity to win the grand prize of $20,000.
To donate now, or to find out more, visit www.givingchallenge.ca/for-charities.php.
The Chair of ABCF is Dave Frayne. He encourages people to donate in June.
“Your donation to the Conservation Foundation makes it possible to support community projects we can only do with your help,” he said. “Your donations help us to provide job experiences and bursaries for young people and to support accessible trails and nature enjoyment and recreation.”
He added, “Your donations also help the Foundation to support family-friendly community events, build habitat, protect turtles and aquatic species, support conservation education, improve forest conditions, and much more.”
Anyone who has questions about ABCF, or about donating, should feel free to contact ABCF by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail message by phone at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
Cover crops build soil health
Landowners in the Main Bayfield watershed are now eligible for an enhanced cost-share program that offers $30 per acre, up to 100 acres, for planting cover crops.
“If you have been wanting to try cover crops, this is a great opportunity,” said Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds technician with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).
The grant is thanks to the enhanced Main Bayfield Cover Crop Boost Program. Agricultural producers in the Main Bayfield watershed can receive a total of up to $40 per acre, when the Cover Crop Boost grant program is paired with funding from the Huron County Clean Water Project.
To find out more about grants to plant cover crops contact Brock via email at email@example.com or Nathan Schoelier at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
Funding is limited and some restrictions apply. Application intake deadlines are June 30, July 31, and Aug. 31.
Cover crops have many benefits to the farmer and the community. They help to protect water quality and build soil health. Cover crops help to reduce loss of nutrients and topsoil, reduce the amount and speed of water running off of land, and reduce wind speed at ground level which reduces wind and water erosion and the speed of water runoff. Those are just some of the benefits.
Anyone who may need some help to decide what to plant should contact their local cover crop seed supplier (www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/resource/covercrp.htm), talk to a neighbor, or contact their certified crop advisor. People may also want to use the cover crop decision tool here: decision-tool.incovercrops.ca.
The Main Bayfield watershed stretches from Varna west to Bayfield east to Vanastra and north to Clinton. For Main Bayfield Watershed boundaries consult the Watershed Report Cards at abca.ca at this web page: www.abca.ca/watershedreportcard.
The Cover Crop Boost program in the Bayfield area is made possible thanks to funding from Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation.
People can Hike for Hopice wherever they happen to be
Hike for Hospice is moving to where ever their participants happen to be. The hike will be held “virtually” on June 14.
“Traditionally Huron Hospice has held hikes on Huron County trails, including, beautiful Bayfield Trails, and that was our original plan for this year. However, COVID19 made it impossible to host large gatherings. We decided that we would hold our hike “virtually” so that people can walk safely in their communities and still help Huron Hospice. Hopefully, we will be able to hike the trails and beaches safely soon but while we wait patiently for trails to reopen, Huron Hospice needs your support,” said Christopher Walker, a hospice volunteer.
The hike is one of Huron Hospice’s most significant fundraising events. Organiers hope to raise $40,000 this year. The funds raised stay in Huron County and are used to fund the essential, compassionate care that Hospice staff and volunteers provide. There are no costs for Hospice services.
“Events like the hike do make great things possible here at home. Now more than ever, we need Huron County residents to join us. You can hike safely on the streets of your home town. You can walk around your yard. You can ride your bike. You can even hike the distance from Bayfield to Varna on your treadmill in the basement,” Walker said. “I am walking in Bayfield. I am dedicating the walk to the memory of my Father, who so loved living in Bayfield. While I would like to walk down to the harbor, I am not thrilled with the return trip. It is, after all, aptly named Long Hill Road. I am staying on the flat streets this year.”
Organizers are asking that families hike for Huron Hospice or raise money any way they can. Families could ask parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or friends to pledge their support by email or over the phone.
“They could even invite people to hike on the same day in their community and help raise funds for Huron Hospice. All anyone needs to do is send the link to their contacts and ask for their help,” said Walker.
To learn more, visit www.huronhospice.ca. To make a pledge or to create a fundraising team visit:www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/huron-hospice-volunteer-service/p2p/Hike2020
“Think of it this way; you may not need us today or even tomorrow. However, someday a family member or a friend might. It is essential that we are here in Huron County to provide these vital services. Hiking for Huron Hospice is a fun family activity that helps ensure that important palliative services are available close to home when we need them,” concluded Walker.
The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated daily with confirmed case counts received within the last 24 hours.
“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.
For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties please visit: www.hpph.ca/en/health-matters/covid-19-in-huron-and-perth.aspx
During the COVID-19 crisis, people may find themselves with more time to turn the pages of a good book. But what books to read and what books to leave on the shelf?
In case Bayfield Breeze readers are looking for a little guidance in this department the folks at The Village Bookshop on Main Street will be providing a monthly suggestion via their customers who have agreed to pen a book review to share with our readers.
June’s book is “The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz"** written by Erik Larson and reviewed by Bayfield resident but currently stranded overseas, Gary Lloyd-Rees.
The book covers a 12-month period, starting with Churchill becoming Prime Minister: on May 10, 1940 - the day that Hitler launched his blitzkrieg invasions of Holland, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Just over two weeks later came the evacuation from Dunkirk followed by a relentless bombing campaign of Britain - the Blitz – which ended on May 11,1941 one long year after Churchill took office.
The genesis of the idea for the book came to Larson whilst living in Manhattan and realizing the difference between someone who directly experienced the 9/11 attack and somebody who experienced it from afar. Larson’s literary approach is to take the reader inside the Great Britain of 1940-41 as the British people stood alone against Hitler’s forces in its “darkest hours” and to view the unfolding events through the day-to-day eyes of Churchill, his family, his closest advisors, the mass observation diarists, and the enemy.
Churchill’s part in the war is well documented - not least by himself. In this telling, it is the stories behind the public scenes that makes this book so fascinating. Larson takes previously unpublished material and weaves together tales of domestic drama and international diplomacy whilst all the while documenting the parallel horrors of the reality of the Blitz.
It is hard not to read about Churchill’s leadership during this dark period and not to compare it with the performance of the current world leaders during today’s pandemic crisis. He was a man made for the British people at that moment in time and “Somehow, through it all, Churchill… managed to teach them the art of being fearless”. He did not agree, however – “I never gave them courage. I was able to focus theirs.”
This is an extensively researched work by the author. As I read it during lockdown in Mallorca on a Kindle, I suddenly went from “80 per cent complete” to the final paragraph…to be followed by many pages of references and bibliography.
If you are new to Larson and you read this and enjoy the style, I highly recommend his previous book - “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania”.
**Published in February 2020. The hardcover version is 608 Pages.
The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) is pleased to announce it has
received a grant of $20,000 from Community Food Centres Canada’s Good Food Access Fund.
The grant will enable the HCFBDC to purchase nutritional foods for our food-aid agency
clients in Huron and Perth Counties. Funding is provided in part by the Government of Canada’s Local Food Infrastructure Fund, as part of the Food Policy for Canada. The Fund aims to strengthen food systems and facilitate access to safe and nutritious food for at-risk populations.
HCFBDC’s Executive Director, Mary Ellen Zielman, said, “This grant will provide funds to strengthen our food system and will facilitate increased safe and nutritious food for at-risk populations in the communities that we serve.”
CEO of Community Food Centres Canada, Nick Saul said, “Food insecurity was already an urgent problem before the COVID-19 crisis, with one in eight Canadians struggling to put food on the table. In a time of national crisis, it is in our nature as Canadians to do what we can for our most vulnerable neighbors. We are grateful to the Government of Canada for their quick response, as well as the many corporate partners and generous donors who have stepped forward.
He went on to say, “The Good Food Access Fund aims to make sure that as many people as possible will be able to get the food that they need. And while we must deal with the current circumstances, CFCC remains committed to advancing policy change that addresses the underlying causes of food insecurity and poverty in Canada. We can’t forget that structural inequity is at the core of so many of the challenges that Canadians face, a fact which painfully confronts us when an emergency like this occurs.”
Memberships are important to the Bayfield Garden Club (BCG). Membership fees go a long way in funding the work the BGC does to beautify the village as well as covering meeting expenses.
People are invited to support the BCG by renewing their membership for 2020.
The membership fee is $10. Cheque made payable to Bayfield Garden Club may be mailed to C. Barrett, 32 Thimbleweed Drive, Bayfield ON N0M 1G0. Please include your name, address and email address with the cheque. Cheques can also be dropped off at the above location. Please email email@example.com to make arrangements.
After that a membership card will be either mailed or delivered to your home. The BCG appreciates the community’s continued support.
URGENT NEEDS FUND
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected vulnerable individuals and families across Perth and Huron Counties. A stark reminder of how profound the effects are is reflected in the initial response to United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) opening its COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund directly to individuals through a partnership with Social Services in Perth and Huron. In the first four days of applications beginning May 4, the fund received so many requests UWPH is now looking to raise more money to meet demand.
“Whether it’s people looking for help paying for groceries, diapers or medication the early response has been substantial,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “We’re glad people know about the program and are reaching out for support, but it also points to the seriousness of the situation many find themselves in. We’re asking those who can to please give or give again to the COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund.”
The COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund assists organizations helping individuals and families in need. Organizations apply to UWPH and a volunteer committee reviews each application quickly so funds are distributed as soon as possible.
For applications go to perthhuron.unitedway.ca/urgent-needs-fund-apply-for-funds/. To donate to UWPH’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund, go to give.unitedway.ca/donate/WSTRAT-UWPH or call the United Way offices at 519 271-7730 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and noon and 1-5 p.m.
Coping through Covid-19
Bayfield resident, Eugene Dufour is a clinically trained Individual, Marital and Family Therapist, Bereavement Specialist, Compassion Fatigue Educator and Therapist and a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Facilitator. He presently works as a Psychosocial Spiritual Care Clinician with the Huron Perth Palliative Care Outreach Team.
Dufour was approached by several organizations to provide them with “Reflections” to offer coping techniques through the COVID-19 crisis. He was kind enough to submit these to the Bayfield Breeze and we hope to share them here as space allows.
This week we include one that speaks to the smallest gesture of caring.
What You Do Makes a Difference
Todays reflection will be very simple, and I will let the statement below from a retired schoolteacher speak to your heart and soul. By respecting the direction of our political and public health leaders and following physical distancing – you are making a difference. By supporting our health care, food supply and other front-line providers – you make a difference. Being a healing presence and listening to the stories of suffering – makes a difference. Providing a “felt presence” from a far is a powerful way of caring.
The Smallest Gesture of Caring
I am one.
But I am one.
I cannot do all things’
but I can do some things.
What I cannot do I will either
seek help from others or
will accept that my presence
is all that I can offer.
What I can do
I will do with my best wisdom
and the continued belief
that even the
smallest gesture of caring
will never be in vain.
Your caring makes a difference!