Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

April 15, 2009 09:49 ET

O.F.A.H. hosts third annual Earth Week event

Area schools onboard for conservation effort in Cobourg

Attention: Education Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Science Editor, Sports Editor COBOURG/ON/MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - April 15, 2009) - ***Media are invited to cover this rain or shine environmental event.***

The third annual Earth Week/Pitch In event organized by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) and its partners is scheduled for Friday, April 17, 2009. Eighty high school students will help clean up several kilometers of shoreline from Peace Park to Elgin Street, release 160 Atlantic salmon yearlings into Cobourg Brook, and plant approximately 300 trees on Dale Road.

The participating students attend Cobourg District Collegiate Institute East, Cobourg District Collegiate Institute West and Holy Cross Secondary School (Peterborough). Staff from the O.F.A.H., Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, Town of Cobourg, and the Ministry of Natural Resources will also be on hand to help out.

Volunteers will congregate at Peace Park and move northward along the brook to finish at Elgin Street. A BBQ lunch will be held at the Cobourg Conservation Area there. After lunch, the students will be bussed to the tree-planting site off Dale Road.

BACKGROUND:
The Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program (L.O.A.S.R.P.) and the Community Stream Steward Program are initiatives of the O.F.A.H., Ontario's largest private, nonprofit fish and wildlife conservation-based organization. Each of the programs has done considerable work in the Cobourg area to restore and enhance coldwater stream habitat, resulting in improved fish habitat. Beginning in 2006, the L.O.A.S.R.P. has also been working to bring back locally extinct Atlantic salmon to a self-sustaining wild population over the next 15-20 years.

EVENT DETAILS:
Date: Friday, April 17, 2009
Time: 9 AM until mid-afternoon
Locations: Cobourg, just east of Toronto, off Hwy 401
9 AM Peace Park (on Forth St. south off of King St.)
LUNCH at Cobourg Conservation Area (Elgin St. off Burnham St.)
1 PM Tree planting off Dale Rd., south side, west of Hwy 45

ONSITE MEDIA SUPPORT:
Chris Robinson, Atlantic Salmon Program Coordinator 705-748-6324, ext 237,cell 705-761-1276
Matt Burley, L.O.A.S.R.P. Stream Steward Liaison 705-748-6324, ext 251, cell: 705-761-0108
Erin Carroll, Community Stream Steward Program Coordinator 705-748-6324, ext 222

/For further information: Chris Robinson
Atlantic Salmon Program Coordinator
chris_robinson@ofah.org
705-748-6324 ext 237/ IN: EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, FISHERIES, 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