Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Community Stream Steward Program

Community Stream Steward Program

August 22, 2011 09:22 ET

Media Advisory: Community Invited to Tree Planting Workshop

Learn the basics of creating good backyard habitat for wildlife

UDORA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 22, 2011) - Media are invited to attend for photo and video opportunities

Landowners are invited to attend a free workshop aimed at helping them turn their backyards into wildlife habitat. The free seminar covers topics such as which native trees and shrubs are right for a property, creating a planting plan and finding available funding sources. The Community Stream Steward Program (CSSP), a conservation group hosted by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), is delivering the workshop on Wednesday, August 31 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in Udora.

Native trees and shrubs provide food, shelter, and homes for local wildlife. In addition, they help filter water and trap sediments that might otherwise end up in local streams, rivers and lakes. Streamside plantings keep the water cool by providing shade and can be a source of insects for hungry fish such as Brook Trout.

"Every landowner can contribute to their local environment by taking small steps, such as planting a new tree or shrub on their property," says CSSP Coordinator Andrea Hicks. "Trees benefit local wildlife like birds and fish, and at the same time they enhance the beauty of our homes and properties."

The workshop is being hosted in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources' Lake Simcoe Community Stewardship program and the Ontario Invasive Plant Council, with financial support from the Government of Canada. It is being held at the Udora Community Hall, located at 24 Victoria Road.

For more information or to register, contact Andrea Hicks at 705-748-6324 ext 253 or email stream_steward@ofah.org. Those who register in advance will receive a free native shrub. Walk ins will be accepted as space permits.

The CSSP is a multi-partner, non-profit conservation organization that works in collaboration with landowners, volunteers and community groups to restore, protect and enhance streams throughout the region. With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member clubs, the OFAH is the largest nonprofit fish and wildlife conservation-based organization in Ontario. Visit www.ofah.org/streamsteward or www.ofah.org to learn more.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Andrea Hicks
    Program Coordinator, CSSP
    (705) 748-6324 ext 253

    Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Lezlie Goodwin
    Manager of Communications
    (705) 748-6324 ext 270