The province is investing $6.7 million to aid approximately 150 wetland projects across the province. The funding will help six conservation partners, including the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), restore more than 750 acres of wetlands, the Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks announced on Monday, March 21.
The second phase of the government’s five-year, $30-million Wetlands Conservation Partner Program will improve water quality, preserve and increase habitats for endangered species, help prevent flooding, and build climate change resiliency in the Great Lakes watershed and connecting waterways, officials stated.
Other partners include Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS Canada), Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Georgian Bay Preservation Alliance and Township of Georgian Bay, Nature Conservancy of Canada, and the Ontario Land Trust Alliance.
Anglers, hunters, and trappers carry a deep appreciation for the role of wetlands in overall watershed health and the benefits offered to all species, including humans, OFAH Director of Policy and Programs Matt DeMille stated.
“The (OFAH) believes wetland conservation needs sustained investments and partnerships like this program to achieve meaningful success,” he said. “As an organization, we remain committed to doing our part through restoring healthy tributaries needed to support Atlantic Salmon, habitat work on farmland by ALUS Peterborough, invasive species prevention, investments in research, and other grassroots volunteer initiatives.”