’50 in 50′: Operation Cleansweep – Giving Nature a Helping Hand (1971)

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 Lower Trent Conservation is celebrating its 50th anniversary! To celebrate this milestone, we will be releasing a ’50 in 50′ historical blog series throughout the year – 50 articles highlighting some of the achievements, milestones and events of the past 50 years.

An army of more than 300 volunteers, 40 trucks and as many boats converged on the Trent River on June 14, 1971 and removed an estimated 40 tons of debris from the Trent River. Operation Cleansweep was “designed to restore the Trent waterways between

40 Tons of Litter are removed on saturday-1971
Trenton Trentonian article, June 1971

Hastings and the mouth of the Trent River to natural beauty and bountiful marine life.” The project focused on the river shore, shallow waters, and public lands adjoining the river with the goal of removing as much litter and rubbish as possible in one day.

Since Operation Cleansweep, Lower Trent Conservation has continued to engage many community groups and individuals in various conservation projects. For example, thousands of trees have been planted over the years on Conservation Authority owned lands by Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts as part of their Trees for Canada program.

In 1998, Lower Trent Conservation launched a ‘Volunteers for Conservation’ program so that the time, energy, and talents put forth by volunteers could be formally acknowledged.

Volunteers young & old give nature a helping hand  1992

Since the Program was initiated, over 1,610 adults and youth have contributed close to 8,240 hours in support of our conservation programs! Planting trees and wildflowers, monitoring trails, establishing shoreline buffers, or helping children learn more about nature are just a few examples of projects where people continue to give nature a helping hand.

Interested in joining our corps of conservation volunteers? Visit our website for more information.

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