For almost 19 years, the Friends of the Salmon River have worked at safeguarding the Salmon River watershed and providing information for residents and visitors about conservation and healthy river practices. Organized in 2004, we are a volunteer, grassroots organization with an annually elected Board of ten members who meets regularly to identify environmental issues related to the river and its watershed. We initiate projects – often with other partner groups – in an effort to protect and promote the natural beauty and pristine features of the watershed. The Friends have access to excellent resource people, and we use that knowledge to recommend care for the river and forge new connections that nurture the watershed and its communities.
We are proud of our contributions to environmental stewardship in this region. We provide well-attended public education sessions and conduct volunteer activities aimed at maintaining and enhancing the quality of our large watershed (stretching from Cloyne to Shannonville). The Friends have over 300 people on our email contact list.
The Friends of the Salmon co-operate with the Friends of Napanee River, and of Wilton Creek Watershed, the Stewardship Councils of Lennox & Addington and Hastings, as well as Quinte Conservation, Ontario Woodlot Association, Kingston and Quinte Field Naturalists, Ontario Nature, Nature Conservancy Canada, and other like-minded groups.
Working together, we can protect the watershed so that we can enjoy clean water, recreational opportunities, and the exceptional beauty of the Salmon River watershed into the future.
Our Mission Statement is to promote and protect the environmental qualities of the watershed, and to provide both opportunities for learning about the watershed environment and information to promote conservation and healthy river practices.
Those interested in joining our board do not need to have specific qualifications. If one does have some background in ecology, biology, etc. or is familiar with communications, teaching, admin or similar roles, that is welcome but definitely not essential. A sincere interest in the health of the watershed is all we require. We meet online once every other month.
2012: Water Systems: a teaching unit for grade 8 students
2010: Signs of the Salmon Project. Info Boards installed at 3 access points on the river
2006: The Salmon River Watershed: Jewel of Eastern Ontario was published
CD’s were distributed at no charge to libraries and schools in the watershed as part of our education program
Copies of CD book version are still available
2005: Salmon River Habitat Strategy
For 5 years – we staged a sold-out, full-day, watershed bus tour that provided commentary on the geological, historical and biological features of the watershed by experts in each field.
- Never Cry Wolf, in Tamworth, August 2006
- Turtles, Frogs & Skinks, in Arden, April 2007
- The Power of Volunteer Groups, Rick Lindgren, in Roblin, August 2007
- The Fabled Fisher, in Verona, February 2008
- Wonders of Wetlands, in Napanee & Cloyne, May 2008
- What is Nature Worth? Nature Conservancy of Canada, Roblin, Oct 2008
- Coyotes & Wolves, in Roblin, February 2009
- Black Rat Snake, in Verona, April 2009
- Loon Workshop, in Sharbot Lake, June 2009
- Effects of Dams, in Roblin, October 2009
- For the Birds, in Tamworth, October 2010
- Ribbon of Life: Natural Shorelines, Oct 2011
- Invasive species, Oct 2012
- Yes, In My Backyard: Naturalizing Shorelines and Backyards, Sept. 2013
- Water Quality: Lake Test Results and Healthy Waterways, Oct 2014
- Puzzle Lake Provincial Park, Oct 2015
- John and Janet Foster, More Stories from the Wild, Oct 2016
- Give Turtles a Headstart, Nov 2017
- Visit Cloyne Museum and Benny’s Pond, August 2017
Tree Planting & Shorelines
- Native Seedlings available for FSR members – we annually provide 150 to 200 seedlings for watershed residents to help improve our shorelines
Salmon River Habitat Strategy
Our Strategy was reported in 2005, and it provided us with a base of knowledge. Most importantly, the project launched FSR with a comprehensive analysis of the important features of our watershed. In addition, it formed a real partnership with two Stewardship Councils: Frontenac and Lennox & Addington. The work by Stephen Pitt of the L&A Council secured significant funding through the Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Basin and the co-operation of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
A Natural Heritage Planner was employed for two years to derive maps and analyze data from the MNR Natural Resources and Values Information System for twelve basic watershed characteristics. These variables were used to assess the condition of the watershed by comparison to favourable levels for a watershed flowing into the Bay of Quinte as interpreted from How Much Habitat is Enough? (Environment Canada 2004)
To see the maps: go to Maps tab on homepage.
This comparison allowed FSR to target any variables or any areas where the Salmon watershed fell below the favourable levels. Streamside vegetation in the lower watershed, on the limestone plateau, was the only target for remediation that emerged. The remainder of the watershed was found to be ‘healthy’ in terms of these twelve variables over the entire watershed. FSR had no crisis to rally around. Instead, we had a healthy watershed to care for.
Executive Summary of the report
The Salmon River Habitat Strategy has been designed to help identify the most cost-effective habitat restoration opportunities in the Salmon River watershed, by using indicators recommended in How Much Habitat is Enough? A Framework for Guiding Habitat Rehabilitation in Great Lakes Areas of Concern (Environment Canada, 2004). The framework provides science-based information about how much wetland, riparian and forest habitat is enough to sustain biological diversity and vital natural processes.
The Salmon River watershed is an area of 921 km2 that drains into the Bay of Quinte near Shannonville, between Napanee and Belleville. The Bay of Quinte was identified as one of 43 Great Lakes Basin “Areas of Concern” in 1985. The International Joint Commission recognised that several of the Bay’s beneficial uses were impaired as a result of industrial, agricultural, municipal and household practices that had contaminated the water. In addition to posing risks to human health, some of the diversity of plant and animal life had been lost.
This study has found that stream bank naturalization presents the greatest opportunity to restore fish and wildlife habitat in the Salmon River watershed, especially in the southern portion. There are also areas surrounding wetlands in need of naturally vegetated buffers. Beyond identifying priority restoration sites, this report presents a broad spectrum of spatial information to assist appreciation and conservation of the watershed’s natural wealth.
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