In 2015, we plan to create a video to highlight the importance of protecting the river and valley of the Maitland River. This video will extend our reach to people who are unable to visit the Maitland River Valley in person. The municipalities which abut our section of the river, the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, the Municipality of Central Huron, and the Town of Goderich have each committed $2,000 to this project. We are also applying to the Huron Economic Development Partnership Community Economic Development Fund for funding, and expect to know if we are successful by the middle of May.
We have also sent out a Request for Proposal for the production of the video which can be used online through various media. We want it to advance public appreciation for the Maitland River and have it be emotionally compelling, such as from the perspective of a bald eagle flying along the river. Components will include features of the Maitland River valley such as wildlife (bald eagle, queensnake, fish, birds), four seasons, recreational activities (swimming, hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking), good environmental agricultural practices, and endangered species. All photography will be of and from the Maitland River and Maitland River valley.
Once our funding is in place, the producer will be hired and volunteers from the Lower Maitland Stewardship Group will guide the videographer to suitable areas of the Maitland River.
Here is a link to an article about the video in the Goderich Signal Star: