Eves Government Contributes Nearly $1 Million Through Living Legacy Program

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The Ernie Eves government has provided $985,500 through Ontario's Living Legacy to improve conditions for fish and wildlife and to increase recreational opportunities in northwestern Ontario, Natural Resources Minister Jerry Ouellette announced today.

"We are carrying out our commitments under Ontario's Living Legacy," said Ouellette, who made the announcement in Thunder Bay. "Our goal is to protect and enhance fish and wildlife, while improving recreational opportunities."

The projects being funded, some of which are ongoing, include the following:

  • Twenty-five lakes in Nipigon and Dryden districts are being assessed for potential fish stocking.
  • Collecting data on fish populations in northwestern Ontario, including a muskie survey on Lac Seul.
  • A partnership with commercial operators on Lake St. Joseph to survey the quality of fishing experiences with the goal of developing a lake management plan.
  • A study of habitat use by walleye in Lower Marmion Lake near Atikokan with the goal of determining if rehabilitation of the walleye population is possible.
  • Enhanced moose harvest data collection in Red Lake District to help increase confidence in future tag allocations.
  • Collection of data regarding caribou movement in Nipigon District for use in management and conservation.

Many of the projects that are carried out in the summer employ young people participating in provincial programs, such as Ontario's Living Legacy Intern Program, Ontario Stewardship Rangers, Ontario Rangers and the Summer Experience Program.

Ontario's Living Legacy is the most comprehensive, long-term program of natural heritage protection in the province's history.