Anglers and hunters in Ontario are applauding the provincial government's recent announcement of two new initiatives to enhance and protect the province's fish, wildlife, forests and waters —the Land Stewardship and Habitat Restoration Program (LSHRP) and the Community Hatchery Program.

The former will provide funding to eligible community groups for land stewardship plans, and projects that enhance fish and wildlife habitats.

“Conservation and habitat restoration activities help enhance Ontario’s biodiversity by protecting and improving our natural ecosystems and also support opportunities for outdoor recreation,” says David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources. “I encourage community organizations to continue developing stewardship projects to help restore, protect and sustain Ontario’s fish and wildlife.”

Meanwhile, the Hatchery Program will be delivered by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and was created to help strengthen community fish hatchery operations by providing funding to eligible volunteer fish hatcheries.

“Community-based volunteerism remains a key part of fish and wildlife conservation in Ontario, says OFAH Executive Director Angelo Lombardo. The OFAH with the Ministry of Natural Resources’ support wants to enhance community-based fish and wildlife conservation.” 

LSHRP guidelines and application forms are available online here. The deadline to apply is midnight on Friday, May 3, 2013.

For more information about the CHP, please contact Terry Quinney at (705) 748-6324, extension 242.