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Youth Rangers help make North Bay a more Park-like City

“In the end, the people of North Bay share the benefit when these seedlings grow and eventually get planted throughout the City."
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Photo by Jeff Turl.

The Stewardship Youth Rangers are teaming up with the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA), Greater Nipissing Stewardship Council and Trees for Nipissing (formerly Nipissing Botanical Gardens) to help make North Bay a more park-like city.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Rangers will learn about caring for and maintaining tree seedlings from NBMCA staff and Trees for Nipissing volunteers, and then remove weeds at the Starter Nursery at 653 Second Avenue East.

“It’s a great opportunity to foster environmental stewardship within these energetic and enthusiastic youth in exchange for their much-valued assistance in maintaining the starter nursery,” said Peggy Walsh Craig, NBMCA’s Stewardship Coordinator.  “In the end, the people of North Bay share the benefit when these seedlings grow and eventually get planted throughout the City.”

The seedlings in the NBMCA/Trees for Nipissing Starter Nursery, together with the trees in the Hammond St nursery, are destined for City parks and other urban areas.

The Greater Nipissing Stewardship Council provided financial support for the maintenance of the Starter Nursery. 

The Stewardship Youth Ranger (SYR) Program is an eight-week Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) summer program that offers youth the opportunity to work outdoors on natural resource management projects in their own communities. In 2016, 45 SYR teams are located in 37 communities around the province. 

Each SYR team is composed of four rangers and a team lead.  Each team supports the core MNRF work of fostering, protecting and sustaining healthy ecosystems.  Rangers may also have an opportunity to obtain two high school co-op credits during the summer.


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