Thanks to a two-year $113,000 OTF Grant

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Muskoka Conservancy and the Muskoka Lakes Association (MLA) are launching a new collaborative project to create a flagship shoreline stewardship program that will build community-wide awareness of water quality issues and shoreline management options. The collaborative announced a two-year $113,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) today during MLA’s Annual General Meeting with a plaque presentation from OTF representative Bill Roberts.

Kristie Virgoe from Muskoka Conservancy and Mike Logan from the Muskoka Lakes Association accept their Trillium Plaque from Bill Roberts from Ontario Trillium Foundation

Kristie Virgoe from Muskoka Conservancy and Mike

Logan from the Muskoka Lakes Association accept their Trillium Plaque from Bill Roberts from Ontario Trillium Foundation

“I am so pleased that Muskoka Conservancy and the Muskoka Lakes Association are working together on this very important project. It is imperative that we all take responsibility and participate in the sustainable management of our precious water resources and wildlife habitat. The shoreline-stewardship program will help to encourage greater community involvement while researching, educating, and promoting sensible water practices. The quality of Muskoka’s lakes, rivers, and shorelines depends on what action we take today.”

Norm Miller, MPP, Parry Sound – Muskoka

Over the next two years, the funding will support the partners to help improve the quality of Muskoka’s shorelines and wildlife habitat connectivity, reduce human impact on lake and river water quality, and empower landowners to undertake simple shoreline restoration projects.

“The Shoreline Stewardship Program is a multifaceted project that will provide solutions to a host of shoreline issues while also showing the link between shoreline issues and water quality issues. This collaboration with the MLA will allow us to join forces and share information, skills, and work together to find solutions for shoreline owners. We are very thankful for the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s commitment to environmental programming in our community.” Kristie Virgoe, Executive Director, Muskoka Conservancy

“The Muskoka Lakes Association is very excited about this collaboration between the MLA and the Muskoka Conservancy thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation. We believe this program has the capability of providing real improvement to the areas of the lakes that our research has shown need special attention due to a variety of stressors. The key to maintaining, but ultimately improving, the quality of the water in our lakes is education . This initiative will provide us with a vehicle to inform shoreline owners on manageable ways to protect the quality of our lakes and rivers and encourage the preservation of natural water’s edge habitats through site visits, seminars and local media.” Lisa Noonan, Office Manager, Muskoka Lakes Association

About the Muskoka Conservancy:

For over 25 years, the Muskoka Conservancy (formerly the Muskoka Heritage Foundation and Trust) has provided comprehensive environmental stewardship and outreach programs as well as land protection. With over 200 active volunteers, the organization keeps its operation costs low and dedicates most resources to stewardship projects, land conservation, and community outreach. The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and property management teams provide Muskoka Conservancy with a high level of expertise in areas of biology, hydrology, geology, and even archeology. Today, the organization protects over 1,800 acres of sensitive wetlands, forests, rock barrens, and 34,000 feet of Muskoka’s shorelines. Muskoka Conservancy believes in working with community to build and support a resilient Muskoka that honours the natural environment and the traditions of the area.

About the Muskoka Lakes Association:

With more than 2,300 members, the Muskoka Lakes Association is Canada’s oldest and one of the largest associations of waterfront property owners. The MLA serves members and area residents near the municipalities of Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Muskoka Lakes and Seguin, Ontario – with an emphasis on protecting and promoting water quality, advocating for responsible government spending and fair taxation, promoting responsible land use and providing leadership on important Muskoka issues. The association’s head office is located in Port Carling, Ontario.

About the Ontario Trillium Foundation:

A leading grant-maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community -based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.

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Contact:

Kristie Virgoe, 1-705-706-2948 kvirgoe@muskokaconservancy.org

Lisa Noonan, 1-705-765-5723 lisa@mla.on.ca