THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  November 23, 2010 --- The Thunder Bay District Stewardship Council invites Thunder Bay District Stewardship Councilmembers of the public and potential volunteers to its Annual General Meeting and open house on Wednesday, November 24, from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Oliver Road Community Centre.



 The stewardship council promotes the establishment of healthy, productive and self-sustaining ecosystems through partnerships, community participation and education. Some of the council’s key projects from 2010 include:

 McVicar's Creek "Trees by the Shore" in partnership with Trees Canada, Majesta, the North Shore Steelhead Association, Rutter Urban Forestry and the City of Thunder Bay.  Volunteers planted roughly 1600 native tree species along the shores of McVicar's Creek to enhance riparian habitat, reduce stormwater runoff, and improve our urban forests. 

McIntyre River Bank Stabilization Project in partnership with the North Shore Steelhead Association, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Zone B, Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority.  The stewardship council facilitated discussions to encourage a fish-friendly engineering solution to an eroding bank on the McIntyre River below Central Avenue.  The council also provided cash contributions to the project and planted the river bank with native shrubs following the completion of the construction phase.

Planning for Successful Catch and Release in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources, East Algoma Stewardship Council, Fisheries Management Zone 10 Advisory Council, Greater Nipissing Stewardship Council and Near North Trout Unlimited Chapter.  An information brochure explaining 'catch and release' methods for recreational anglers was created in an effort to increase awareness of proper catch and release techniques.

Yellow Fish Road in partnership with Trout Unlimited Canada.  Fish-shaped door hangers were distributed throughout the City reminding residents how to dispose of household hazardous goods such as paint, motor oil, etc.  Ontario Stewardship Rangers painted fish symbols with the message "Rainwater Only" next to stormwater drains in neighbourhoods adjacent to our urban streams.

Thunder Bay District Hen House Program in partnership with Delta Waterfowl and the Ministry of Natural Resources Community Fish and Wildlife Involvement Program (CFWIP).  Delta Waterfowl, an organization focused on securing the future of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting in North America, provided the stewardship council with pre-assembled 'Hen House' nesting structures to encourage local duck production.  Local shipping company Erb Transport contributed to this effort by covering the costs of delivering the nesting structures from Delta Waterfowl Headquarters in Manitoba to Thunder Bay.  The duck nesting structures have been installed by volunteers and property owners across the Thunder Bay District.

For more information contact Davis Viehbeck, Stewardship Coordinator, at  807-475-1481 or visit

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