(North Bay, Ontario, June 23, 2020)   East Ferris resident Chris Holmes has been recognized by the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority Board of Directors for his environmental stewardship efforts.

With the support of other volunteers, Chris created and maintained a network of trails that parallel the shoreline of the Mattawa River and smaller Long Lake and Pan Lake.  The trails are accessible at the far end of Stepping Stones Lane, off of McPherson Drive and follow the natural terrain of small hills and valleys through forested pines, wetland and rock out crops.

“The Board recognizes Chris’ years of commitment and dedication to facilitating and encouraging the public’s appreciation and enjoyment of the natural environment,” said Board Chair Dave Mendicino.

The Board of Directors Environmental Award is presented to an individual or organization that has made a positive, sustainable environmental impact on the watershed, promoted or engaged in stewardship activities with measurable results, and has undertaken a project or sustained effort to balance human needs with the needs of the natural environment.

The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) was founded in 1972 by the Province of Ontario and the NBMCA’s 10 member municipalities. A non-profit organization, the NBMCA works closely with the public to balance human needs with the environmental needs of the region’s watershed. The NBMCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities who are members of Conservation Ontario.


For information contact:

Sue Buckle, Manager, Communications & Outreach         

(705) 474-5420  ext 2010

Cell:  (705) 497-4999