The Huron Stewardship Council continues its environmental work after a strong year in 2017.
Stewardship Coordinator Rachel White told Goderich Council this week that her group works to protect ecosystems in the Maitland River.
She says they also promote the river as a habitat for endangered species.
White mentions that numerous species thrive in the Maitland, while they're dying off elsewhere due to urban expansion and development.
Among the activities White recalls from last year are an environment show, and the release of baby turtles during the summer.
The Stewardship Council also promoted local bird habitats through tree-planting programs, and counselled landowners on how to combat invasive phragmites plants.
White believes as a biologist she's lucky to live in an area that includes the Maitland River, which is recognized as one of the healthiest in Ontario.
The Huron Stewardship Council is funded by the provincial and federal governments, and has partnered with Huron County since the Ontario Stewardship Program ended in 2012.