CORNWALL, Ontario - It's 50 years and counting for the Raisin Region Conservation Authority.
The agency that is charged with maintaining the environmental integrity of the Raisin River watershed is rolling with the fiscal punches as the years roll on.
In the past the agency, which is funded by both municipal and provincial levels of government, has been tasked with big-ticket items including the multi-million dollar Fly Creek flood reduction project, and improvements in the Loch Garry area of North Glengarry.
But the economic downturn of recent years that has plagued governments and business as of late has not spared the RRCA, said general manager Roger Houde.
"We're not seeing these types of big projects right now,"he said. "There's no funding coming our way.
"There is a puch on to get the province to recognize these types of projects."
That's not to say RRCA officials haven;t been busy. There are still plenty of smaller projects that are helping to advance the agenda of environmental protectionism to combat climate change.
Normand Genier, a forestry specialist with the RRCA, said as many as 75,000 trees have been planted within the the local watershed.
"We're trying to help with climate change," he said.
The RRCA was formed in 1963 and encompasses an area of 1,680 square kilometres in the Cornwall area.
The authority is governed by a enight-member board, which includes elected officials from urban and rural municipal councils within the watershed.
Lissa Deslandes, a secial event co-ordinator at the RRCA, said a number of activities are taking place Oct. 5 at the agency's headquarters at the Gray's Creek area.
"Fall into Nature" will include a geocaching seminar, as well as a barbecueand guided hikes.
For more on the event check out the RRCA's Facebook page.