Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

March 17, 2008 09:31 ET

Youth conservation award goes to local club

Fort Frances Get Outdoors Club receives provincial honour

Attention: Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Sports Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor ONTARIO: O.F.A.H. MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - March 17, 2008) - Last week's March Break was extra special for the Fort Frances Get Outdoors Club. They were presented with the Ministry of Natural Resources Junior Conservation Award on Friday morning at the 80th Annual General Meeting and Fish and Wildlife Conference in Mississauga.

The Honourable Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources presented the award following her presentation to the O.F.A.H. Conference. Several hundred people were on hand for the occasion.

"It is truly inspiring to see these young citizens working on conservation projects for their community," said Minister Cansfield in addressing the audience. "It is my great pleasure to personally convey the pride and appreciation of the government of Ontario to the Fort Frances Get Outdoors Club."

This is the third time the Fort Frances Get Outdoors Club has received this honour. They first took home the award in 1998, as an earlier version of the club (the O.F.A.H. Get Outdoors program began in 2001) and again in 2003.

The Get Outdoors Club, who refer to themselves as "junior members" of the Fort Frances Sportsmen's Club, completed a variety of conservation projects in 2007, including building birdhouses and monitoring bluebird lines, building beaver bafflers, helping with walleye spawning, aiding in invasive species awareness of purple loosestrife, community garbage clean up, and firearm safety. It wasn't all work though; they also enjoyed winter and summer wilderness hikes, cookouts, and archery practice.

With 83,000 members and 655 member clubs, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is the leading fishing, hunting and conservation organization in Ontario and the voice of anglers and hunters. For more information visit www.ofah.org.

/For further information: Greg Farrant
Manager, Government Relations and Communications

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