‘Bog Walk’ cleanup in quest for funding

About two dozen people gave up their sunny Saturday afternoon to help clean up the proposed “Bog Walk” site in Crozier.
Eight members of the Rainy River Valley Field Naturalists, coupled with at least 15 youth from the local Junior Conservation Club, collected two pickup trucks worth of garbage.
“We went to the bog area where we’re going to be developing the trail and we cleaned up all the trash along the road—about 100m leading up to the site and at the head of site,” noted RRVFN president Bill Morgenstern.
“People have been dumping stuff there for years,” he added.
The volunteers collected old transmissions, tools, toilet bowls, and even bags full of needles, completely cleaning out the area.
After the youths left, the remaining adults walked the trail back into the bog and brushed out along the trail.
“We looked at the trail and tried to decide what other work we need to do in the future as far as making it effective as well as looking out for the natural ecosystem,” Morgenstern said.
He added such events are integral to find funding. “Once we start looking for funding, people can see we’re actually involved and doing things on our own,” he explained.
The RRVFN also is appreciative of the community support it’s received so far.
“[Alberton council] is totally in support. It’s absolutely wonderful to have that kind of support from the municipality,” said Morgenstern. “And the kids out there cleaning on Saturday, that was totally unexpected.”
The proposed “Bog Walk” would be on a section of land near the intersection of Whitmore Road and Peat Moss Road in Crozier—an area known for its many sightings of wild plants and animals, as well as having a beaver pond.