Recent Projects

Community Tree Sales

The trees are coming, the trees are coming! The RRDS is expecting massive amounts of trees to be sold!

That's right, it's the time of year when the RRDS holds its tree sales! We've already sold all Cedars we have ordered and have almost sold all Pines!

It'll be awesome to see all the trees out there!

Past Projects

School Tree Plant

Sturgeon Creek School

On September 19th, 2015, 700 White Spruce trees were planted on the south side of the playground at Sturgeon Creek School. Approximately 20 volunteers from the Rainy River District, Tree Canada, TD Canada Trust, and RRDS came out to plant the trees. Next summer, more trees will be planted to complete the project. The trees will grow to become a windbreak for the children in the playground and will be tended by Joe Reynolds over the next two years.

Rainy Lake Square

Fort Frances

Rainy River District Stewardship has pledged to donate $1,000 towards a feature in the Market Square that will be built on the site of the Rainy Lake Hotel. The exact nature of the feature has yet to be determined. 

Canoe & Portage Routes

Rainy River District

A group of volunteers cleared a trail at Kishkutena Lake in February 2015 to improve the condition of the route. A total of 16 more canoe routes in the district will have some work done to improve their condition too, making portages easier to traverse.

Oak Grove

A controlled burn is planned at Oak Grove in the spring of 2016, weather conditions permitting. An Open House was held recently, which was attended by 5 members of the community.

EARS Nursery Project

The Experimental Agricultural Research Station at Emo (EARS) is partnering with RRDS to grow trees for community forestry purposes. The idea is to rent a half-acre of land from the station to plant some hard-to-come-by native tree species. This includes Bur Oak, Basswood, Black Ash, Silver Maple and some others. The seed will be gathered by local people from local sources. These trees will be grown and tended from 2 to 5 years and then transplanted into communities in Rainy River District.

Garbage Clean Up

Fort Frances High School

This project was all about the students. The RRDS youth reps took to the field with Mrs. Denby's students to clean up the Fort Frances High School parking lot and Memorial Sports Field. In all, 18 bags of garbage were collected, which equals roughly 250lbs of garbage removed from school grounds! Way to go Students!

2nd Annual Green Exposition

Fort Frances High School Cafeteria

Students had an opportunity to speak with local organizations and vendors that are leading the way in resource management and environmental best practices. A major part of the event this year was the booth from Atikokan allowing attendees to speak about the Steep Rock Mine site nNrth of Atikokan. Vendors did an awesome job answering the questions they received, and the event was a success.

4th Annual Environmental Film Festival

Fort Frances High School Cafeteria

The fourth-annual Film Festival was a huge success this year, providing youth with the opportunity to learn some of the fastest growing environmental concerns and issues around the world today. Through this experience, high school students gathered together to watch and celebrate some of the year's best documentaries about the natural environment. Students watched films about being more informed as a consumer, food selections and the effect we're having on the earth's supply of fresh water.

Wild Food Workshop

Devlin

Rainy River District Stewardship hosted their first ever Wild Food Workshop at the Devlin Hall. Attendees enjoyed a day of fun, learning and a home cooked meal made from wild food found in the Rainy River District!

Laura Reeves was just one of the guest speakers at the RRDS "Wild Food Workshop". Laura taught those in attendance how to identify edible plants found in the wild in the Rainy River District. Other workshop topics included:

  • animals
  • edible mushrooms
  • medicinal plants
  • favorite wild foods

3rd Annual Environmental Film Festival

Fort Frances High School Cafeteria

The third-annual Film Festival was a huge success this year, providing youth with the opportunity to learn some of the fastest growing environmental concerns and issues around the world today. Through this experience, high school students gathered together to watch and celebrate some of the year's best documentaries about the natural environment. Students watched films about being more informed as a consumer, food selections and the effect we're having on the earth's supply of fresh water.

1st Annual Green Exposition

Fort Frances High School Cafeteria

Roughly 300 students had the opportunity to speak with local organizations and vendors that are leading the way in resource management and environmental best practices. This gave our local youth the chance to see the many career paths available in the environmental field of study, and how they may go about getting there.

Land Stewardship and the Farmer Workshop

Host

Kim Jo Bliss, RRDS Member

Redefining the Role of the Farmer in Environmental Wellness

by Bryan Gilvesy

After graduating from the Richard Ivey School of Business at University of Western Ontario, Bryan became the proprietor of the Y U Ranch, an award winning ranch, located in Norfolk County, Ontario. While Bryan produces Local Food Plus certified beef at the Y U Ranch, he is also the Chairman of the Norfolk County ALUS Pilot Project and Co-Chair of the Sustain Ontario Steering Committee, coalition for good food and farming. In 2009, Bryan received t