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Upgrades at McFarland Conservation area help prevent runoff

HJ McFarland conservation areaThe H.J. McFarland Conservation Area near Picton is getting some upgrades that will help prevent runoff from going into the Bay of Quinte.

“We were concerned because every time it would rain, debris from the parking lot would slide down the hill right into the water,” says David Smallwood, Forestry and Field Operations Manager. “Upgrades were needed to prevent this process from continually happening.”

These upgrades will also improve the area cosmetically and environmentally, but also improve its overall functionality, he said.

“We’ve relocated the parking lot, created extra ditching, planted trees, shrubs and added hydro seed to the site to prevent debris from running into the bay,” explained Smallwood.

The HJ McFarland Conservation Area is located on Highway 33. It features a boat launch and a sheltered picnic area. Most of Quinte Conservation’s properties are free to use and are open to the public seven days a week from dawn to dusk.

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