Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

April 11, 2011 10:55 ET

Media Advisory: OFAH and Students Pitch In for Earth Week

Fifth Annual Event Includes Full Day of Conservation Activities

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 11, 2011) -

Media are invited to cover this rain or shine environmental event, offering photo and interview opportunities. BBQ lunch at Cobourg Conservation Area @11:00 AM.

The fifth annual Earth Week/Pitch In event organized by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) and its partners is scheduled for Friday, April 15, 2011. The Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program and the Community Stream Steward Program are leading the effort, with assistance from Fleming College, Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, Town of Cobourg, Ministry of Natural Resources, Cobourg Trap & Skeet Club and a crew of students from Cobourg District Collegiate Institute East, Cobourg District Collegiate Institute West, and the Ramblers, an environmental group from Holy Cross Secondary School, Peterborough. The group will spend the day improving the streamside environment along Cobourg Brook.

In addition to collecting litter and planting trees at the Cobourg Conservation Area, the students will help release approximately 1,000 Atlantic salmon yearlings into the brook at Danforth Road. Volunteers will start their day at Peace Park and will collect litter while moving northward along the brook, finishing at Elgin Street, where they will plant trees and be treated to a BBQ lunch at the Cobourg Conservation Area. In the afternoon, they will help stock Atlantic Salmon which have been raised by students in the Fish and Wildlife programs at Fleming College.

The Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program and the Community Stream Steward Program are initiatives of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), the province's largest non-profit fish and wildlife conservation-based organization. Both programs work in the Cobourg area as part of their mandates to restore and enhance streams, resulting in improved fish habitat. Since 2006, the Atlantic Salmon restoration effort has been working to bring back locally extinct Atlantic salmon to a self-sustaining wild population.

EVENT DETAILS:
Date:Friday, April 15, 2011
Time:9:15 AM until mid-afternoon
Location:Cobourg, just east of Toronto, accessible via Hwy 401
9:15 AM meet at Peace Park (on Forth St., south off of King St.)
11:00 AM LUNCH Cobourg Conservation Area, Elgin/Williams nearest intersection
12:30 PM Atlantic salmon release on Danforth Road
(west of County Road 45/Baltimore Rd.)

Contact Information

  • Media Support:
    Lezlie Goodwin
    OFAH Communications Manager
    705-748-6324 ext 270
    705-760-5537 (onsite)

    Chris Robinson
    Atlantic Salmon Program Coordinator
    705-748-6324 ext 237
    705-761-1276 (onsite)

    Andrea Hicks
    Community Stream Steward Program Coordinator
    705-741-8535 (onsite)