AUGUSTA — South Nation Conservation (SNC) has opened its newest day-use recreational property to visitors.
The Mill Run Conservation Area comprises 9 acres on McCrea Road. Augusta Township recently donated the site to SNC. It was developed in part with federal funding.
“This new Conservation Area provides people with the first public and maintained river access to the South Nation River in this area while working to protect natural heritage and forest cover in Eastern Ontario,” said John Mesman, SNC’s Community Lands and Outreach Lead. “This site offers a scenic river route where people can easily canoe or kayak from Augusta to the historic Spencerville Mill.”
Work completed to date includes a parking lot and trail, river access, site clean-up, new tree planting and signage.
Additional restoration work is planned in 2022 with funding received from the Canadian Wildlife Federation to help transform the meadow on the property into a community pollinator garden.
SNC works in partnership with its 16 member municipalities to share natural spaces and offer recreational opportunities on land and water.
“We are delighted that the Mill Run Conservation Area is open, offering our community and visitors access to the wonderful South Nation River and space for the enjoyment of nature,” said Augusta Mayor Doug Malanka.
SNC manages over 20,000 acres of Community Forest in Eastern Ontario and many of its Conservation Areas have been donated to the Authority through their Land Securement Program to help maintain natural legacies and provide a place for people to step outdoors and into nature.
The local watershed authority covers a 4,441 square-kilometre jurisdiction, spanning 16 municipalities.