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  • December 21, 2012

ONTARIO HELPS TO PROTECT GREAT LAKES

Gravelle announces Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund grants

December 21, 2012 - Ontario is helping the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority and the Town of Red Rock to protect Lake Superior through grants from the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund,

The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority will receive $22,085 to create a historical, interpretive exhibit to show the evolution of the Mission Island marsh, and to clean up and plant native vegetation along the Lake Superior shore. A $25,000 grant will be used by the Town of Red Rock to create an interactive exhibit with an educational video on Lake Superior at the Red Rock Marina Interpretive Centre.

The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund helps grassroots community groups, non-profit organizations and First Nations and Métis communities restore the lakes and their tributaries through local actions such as cleaning up shorelines and protecting and restoring wetlands.

Protecting and restoring the Great Lakes is part of our government’s plan to enhance quality of life for Ontario families and ensure a strong, green economy for future generations.

QUOTES
"The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority does such wonderful work in protecting and conserving our beautiful lakeshore and watershed, and in educating all of us about how very important it is to preserve what nature has given us. And the new exhibit at the Red Rock Marina will raise awareness not only locally, but with the many, many visitors who now arrive both by land and by lake to the Town of Red Rock." -- Michael Gravelle MPP, Thunder Bay-Superior North

"The LRCA is excited to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Mission Island Conservation Area located adjacent to a coastal wetland on Lake Superior. To mark the occasion, the LRCA will develop a historical interpretive display together with a shoreline vegetation planting event which will showcase our commitment to coastal wetland conservation."-- Bill Bartley, Lakehead Region Conservation Authority, Chair

"This grant will help provide educational opportunities on the sustainability of the Great Lakes, and will be an integral part of the Red Rock Interpretive Centre." – Mayor Gary Nelson, Town of Red Rock

QUICK FACTS

The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund provides grants of up to $25,000 to help non-profit groups restore and protect the Great Lakes.

Over 4,000 species of plants, fish and wildlife live in the Great Lakes Basin ecosystem – it’s one of the most biologically rich regions in Canada.

LEARN MORE
Learn about the proposed Great Lakes Strategy.

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