Share the Bread Cam­paign nets $3,829.60

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Last Fri­day, vol­un­teers showed up in droves to help with the distri­bu­tion of the ‘Pains Caritas’ in the re­gion, how­ever, less peo­ple an­swered their doors when the vol­un­teers went around sell­ing their wares.

“We had thirty-three adult vol­un­teers and forty­nine chil­dren came to help with the de­liv­ery,” com­mented Therese Gaulin who or­ga­nizes the lo­cal Caritas fundraiser which raises money for lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions, call­ing vol­un­teers all week long. Her brother, An­dré Gaulin, also helps in the run­ning of the an­nual event. “It went very well; the weather was with us. We were able to raise $3,829.60 but we had a lot of bread left over. Many peo­ple didn’t an­swer their doors and a lot of peo­ple who go down south for the win­ter have not yet re­turned,” com­mented Mrs. Gaulin.

“I’d like to thank all the vol­un­teers and the chil­dren who were gen­er­ous with their time. It’s very en­cour­ag­ing,” added the or­ga­nizer.

What is a wet­land ? Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion MCI

It is an area that is wa­ter­logged or flooded for suf­fi­ciently long to in­flu­ence the na­ture of the soil or the com­po­si­tion of the veg­e­ta­tion.

Thus, swamps, bogs, peat bogs, ponds and wet prairies are ar­eas that are nei­ther strictly land nor water, but they have in com­mon that they are flooded for a part of the year. Flood­ing can be caused by sea­sonal fluc­tu­a­tions from a nearby body of water, or as the re­sult of in­suf­fi­cient drainage. We find them most of­ten on the shores of ponds, lakes and wa­ter­courses with low water flow, but also at the bot­tom of moun­tain slopes where water is dis­si­pated very slowly, in de­pres­sions where water ac­cu­mu­lates or even in zones where the water ta­ble is ris­ing.

Nat­u­ral land­scapes that pro­vide us with goods and ser­vices at no cost!

Among ecosys­tems to be pro­tected, wet­lands are at the top of the list, given their im­por­tant roles in the main­te­nance of water qual­ity and bio­di­ver­sity. They are es­sen­tial com­po­nents of a wa­ter­shed, act­ing as : - Nat­u­ral fil­ters that im­prove water qual­ity in lakes and wa­ter­courses by re­tain­ing sed­i­ments, nu­tri­ents and con­tam­i­nants;

- Nat­u­ral bar­ri­ers which even out the flow of water and re­duce the risk of flood­ing;

- Ar­eas that can store green­house gases, with an im­pact on cli­mate change;

- Habi­tats of choice for an ex­cep­tional bio­di­ver­sity of species;

- Feed­ing and re­pro­duc­tion sites for a large num­ber of in­ver­te­brate species, fish, am­phib­ians, rep­tiles, birds and mam­mals;

- Ar­eas used for open air ac­tiv­i­ties such as hunt­ing, fish­ing, hik­ing and birdwatching. A nat­u­ral cap­i­tal to grow Th­ese ar­eas, known for be­ing the most pro­duc­tive ar­eas of the planet, are also the most threat­ened. Nev­er­the­less, they are known for their eco­nomic value. - In 2003, the value of wet­lands to Cana­di­ans has been es­ti­mated at 20 bil­lion dol­lars per year.

- Some stud­ies have as­sessed the an­nual value of the goods and ser­vices gen­er­ated per hectare of wet­land be­tween $5,792 $ & $24,330 $. - In the lower Fraser Val­ley of Bri­tish Columbia, the fil­ter­ing of water by wet­lands has avoided water treat­ment costs equiv­a­lent ot 230 mil­lion dol­lars per year. (3) Pro­tect all wet­lands, from the largest to the small­est… Though large sur­face area wet­lands are rec­og­nized for their eco­log­i­cal and eco­nomic value, smaller ones, even the small­est ones, those of less than 1 hectare in area, have an un­de­ni­able eco­log­i­cal and eco­nomic value. By sim­ply leav­ing them be…and chiefly by not mod­i­fy­ing them in any way. That is to say, not en­croach­ing on th­ese frag­ile ar­eas, not dry­ing them out or drain­ing them or fill­ing them in. As a re­sult, they will con­tinue to give us the best of them­selves. The es­sen­tial par­tic­i­pa­tion of prop­erty own­ers! In the Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog wa­ter­shed, in or­der to pre­serve th­ese ex­cep­tional ar­eas, the par­tic­i­pa­tion of pri­vate prop­erty own­ers is es­sen­tial. Con­ser­va­tion is avail­able to all pri­vate prop­erty own­ers, but how can an owner get in­volved? - By be­com­ing aware of the con­ser­va­tion op­tions avail­able and their as­so­ci­ated in­cen­tives. - By adapt­ing the con­ser­va­tion of your prop­erty, or part thereof, to your per­sonal ob­jec­tives. - By talk­ing with MCI’s spe­cial­ists, who will guide you through this highly per­sonal process. We can ac­com­pany you through­out the en­tire process MCI’s con­ser­va­tion ex­perts would be happy to an­swer your ques­tions. Our goal is to help you to at­tain your per­sonal con­ser­va­tion ob­jec­tives by de­vel­op­ing a sce­nario which will an­swer your spe­cific needs. If you choose to go ahead, our ex­perts will guide you through the en­tire process, step by step, in a com­pletely con­fi­den­tial man­ner. For more in­for­ma­tion on the con­ser­va­tion op­tions avail­able to you, you can also visit our web site : http://www.mem­phrem­a­gog.org

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