Individuals rewarded for conservation, outreach

Northwest Bureau

A Fort Frances outdoors enthusiast has been recognized for his conservation efforts.

Jeff Johnston, a member of the Fort Frances Sportsmen‘s Club, was presented with the Gord Blake Memorial Conservation Award at the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters annual Fish & Wildlife conference last week.

The conservation award recognizes an individual OFAH member whose efforts have done the most for conservation in the preceding year.

Johnston chairs the Rainy Lake Fisheries Charity Trust and organizes cleanups, tree plantings, water quality monitoring and other stewardship actions. He is also active in land use issues that threaten a local walleye fishery.

Lynn and Angel Holmes of Prescott were presented with the Larry Wallace Memorial Volunteer Award, which is given to OFAH members who have best ensured the future of conservation by sharing their knowledge and love of the great outdoors with youth.

“It is important to thank people like Lynn and Angel Homes, and Jeff Johnston for the years of invaluable volunteer service they have given to conservation and outreach,” OFAH executive director Mike Reader said in a news release.

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 660 member clubs, the OFAH is the largest nonprofit, charitable, fishing, hunting and conservation-based organization in Ontario, and the voice of anglers and hunters.

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