Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

October 06, 2008 13:52 ET

Far North Advisory Council excludes anglers and hunters

Province’s largest conservation organization snubbed by province

Attention: Environment Editor, News Editor, Sports Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor ONTARIO: O.F.A.H. MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2008) - When the provincial government announced the formation of an advisory council to work on a major planning initiative for the Far North Boreal region recently, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) was inexplicably excluded from the member list. The O.F.A.H., representing 82,000 anglers and hunters, and a clear leader in conservation management for more than eighty years, is shocked by their omission from the council.

O.F.A.H. President Jack Hedman, a resident of Fort Frances, which lies south of the province's delineation of the Far North region, is irate that the Liberal government would form an advisory council for the north that excludes one of its largest stakeholders - anglers and hunters. The outdoors industry is an integral part of the Far North, which is sparsely populated but which derives a significant percentage of its economic activity from the outdoors industry.

"The O.F.A.H. represents almost 5,000 residents who live and work in Northern Ontario, and I am stunned that they would be ignored in such a major initiative as to how northern lands will be used in the future," said Hedman. "This is either an incredible oversight, which must be corrected immediately, or a deliberate and inexcusable snub against outdoorsmen and women."

A media release issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources on September 30, 2008, reported that the new committee "will advise on conservation of ecological features, resource management and development of economic opportunity in the region" all of which fall under the mandate of the O.F.A.H.

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is the leading nonprofit fishing, hunting and conservation organization in Ontario, and the voice of anglers and hunters. For more information visit www.ofah.org.
/For further information: Jack Hedman
President, O.F.A.H. Board of Directors
1-807-274-5184
/ IN: ENVIRONMENT, FISHERIES, FORESTRY, POLITICS, SPORTS

Contact Information

  • Lezlie Goodwin, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Primary Phone: 705-748-6324 ext. 270
    E-mail: lezlie_goodwin@ofah.org