Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

April 17, 2007 11:59 ET

O.F.A.H. kicks-off Earth Day with major conservation work in Cobourg

Attention: Assignment Editor, Education Editor, Environment Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor COBOURG, ONTARIO, MEDIA ALERT:--(CCNMatthews - April 17, 2007) - In the spirit of upcoming Earth Day, Pitch-In Canada and National Volunteer Week celebrations, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) and its conservation partners are, once again, doing their part to improve Ontario's natural resources.

A special media event, taking place on Friday, April 20, at Peace Park in Cobourg, will provide outstanding photo and video opportunities of hands-on, volunteer conservation work, including fish stocking, tree planting and shoreline litter clean-up. A special government announcement will also be made in support of conservation.

Where: Peace Park, in Cobourg, starting at 9 a.m.

Who: About 100 volunteers including students from Cobourg District Collegiate Institute and Holy Cross Secondary School (Peterborough), as well as area M.P.P Lou Rinaldi.

What: A special Government of Ontario announcement, tree planting, litter clean-up, BBQ lunch for media and volunteers, as well as Sir Sandford Fleming College's inaugural release of Atlantic Salmon that have been raised at the College's newly restored fish hatchery.

"This event is much more than a demonstration of hands-on environmental action, it's conservation history in the making," said Tara Borwick, coordinator of the Community Stream Steward Program, a multi-partner initiative led by the O.F.A.H. The Community Stream Steward Program coordinates the habitat restoration work of the new Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program, another O.F.A.H.-spearheaded conservation program that is bringing back Ontario's lost ecological treasure.

Not since the 19th Century have Atlantic salmon flourished but thanks to an O.F.A.H. partnership including Banrock Station Wetland Foundation Canada, LCBO and many others, this important part of our natural heritage is coming back. Over 2,000 Atlantic salmon will be released in the Cobourg Brook as part of this major environmental event on Friday, April 20.
/For further information: Tara Borwick or Derrick Luetchford
Community Stream Steward Program
(705) 748-6324

Contact Information

  • Robert J. Pye, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Primary Phone: 705-748-6324
    E-mail: robert_pye@ofah.org