Corporate partnership means a lot to Ontario Parks and indirectly, to you, the visitor. One of our partners, Swish Maintenance has sponsored a variety of environmental research and trail projects in our parks over the past five years.
To date, Swish has supplied funding for research on: Eastern Massasauga rattlesnakes at Killbear; eastern spiny softshell turtles at Rondeau; eastern hognose snakes at Wasaga Beach; loons at Quetico and protection of ancient white cedars at Lion’s Head Provincial Nature Reserve. Support from Swish has also helped restore Cliff Top Trail at Bon Echo and make the Spruce Bog Boardwalk Trail at Algonquin wheelchair accessible.
“The Swish Environmental Fund has become a tradition we are very proud to support” says Ken Hilder, Director of Marketing and Corporate Sales, Swish Maintenance.
This year, Swish is backing research into the habitat needs of shorebirds at Presqu’ile Provincial Park. Presqu’ile is recognized as an important bird area. Thousands of shorebirds use the beach during their annual migrations. Park users, local birdwatchers, park staff, scientists and academics have formed a committee to ensure beach management does not compromise the habitat of migrating birds. Further research into the habitat needs of migrating shorebirds will help Ontario Parks make better decisions on how to manage on the park’s beaches.
(Photo) Swish Marketing Director Ken Hilder, presents a cheque to Curt Morris, Assistant Park Superintendent at Presqu’ile Provincial Park. Pictured (left to right) are: Willeke Don, Melissa Rose, Ken Hilder, Curt Morris and Theresa Black.