Southwest Ontario groups come together to revitalize old Clear Creek Forest site – Chatham Daily News

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August 11, 2017

Getting to the old quarry at Clear Creek Forest is half the challenge. The sand and gravel pit is tucked just off the road along the northernmost part of the nature reserve, off a rarely used gravel road in the rural expanse between Morpeth and Rodney.

It’s surrounded by trees and dense vegetation. Even the road into it appears to be a dead end.

The quarry, once bustling with machinery and workers, is seldom visited these days. But on a quiet morning on Wednesday two busses arrived with a dozen workers, over 1,900 plugs, and around 20 potted plants – the latest effort to revitalize the nature reserve.

“It went really good,” said Larry Cornelis, a long-time environmentalist and one of the people at the quarry that morning.

“The planting was a little tougher than expected … if it’d been damp it would have been easy to just put a hole in the ground and plug the hole in. So it took about an hour longer than expected.”

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