This is not the way we wanted to begin our summer season.
The first weekend of June was beautiful. Warm temperatures, sunshine, and lots of water to paddle. It was a great time to get out on the river with family and friends, and we hope many of you did just that.
Unfortunately, a group of individuals decided that their weekend included leaving extensive messes at several of our campsites, and committing acts of vandalism at Scott Brook. The damage included the destruction of a foot bridge, a burned picnic tables, and human waste left throughout the area.
As a non-profit organization, this type of activity strikes at the heart of what we do. The time and money we now need to spend fixing this damage come from your donations and campsite fees. We'd much rather spend that money on better campsite facilities and information for you; instead, we are spending it rectifying the irresponsible, criminal activity of others.
The RCMP and the Department of Natural Resources are investigating these crimes. If you have any information, please contact the McAdam RCMP. With your help, we will catch and charge the individuals that committed these crimes. We can and will do everything in our power to hold these individuals to account, and to discourage similar future behaviour.
We'd like to thank all those people who use our campsites and leave them as clean, if not cleaner, than when they arrived. Thank you for using the toilet facilities provided, and for taking your garbage out with you or putting it in the bins provided. Thank you for respecting the rules of our campgrounds. Thank you for using your own firewood and small downed wood, instead of illegally cutting trees and stripping bark. Thank you for drinking responsibly and keeping yourselves and others safe. Thank you for making the St. Croix a place where people feel they can bring their children safely.
Thank you for your help and your support. Together we can keep the St. Croix clean and safe for all of us to enjoy. Join us at our Canadian Rivers Day Paddler's Breakfast this Saturday to celebrate all the wonderful things about our Canadian Heritage River.