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TOPIC: Aurora Bassmasters Tree Plant A Big Success

Aurora Bassmasters Tree Plant A Big Success 3 years 2 weeks ago #850

For Immediate Release: November 9, 2014
Newmarket Ontario: Volunteers from the Aurora Bassmasters planted 235 trees today as part of a rehabilitation project coordinated by Ontario Streams, York Region and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The location of the tree planting site was the northwest side of Yonge and Eagle Streets in Newmarket just below the big York Region building. Here a tributary of the Holland River flows thru the property. The trees will help diversify the existing landscape which up until today consisted primarily of golden rod, grasses and the occasional tree. Additionally, the trees, which include white pine, spruce, cedar, silver maple and various shrubs will help slow erosion and help protect the water quality and habitat within that stretch of the Holland River. Although just a metre wide at this tributary location, the larger upper reaches of the Holland provide significant recreational fishing opportunities for thousands of anglers. This has been just one of many conservation projects the Aurora Bassmasters carry out within the Lake Simcoe watershed.

About The Aurora Bassmasters:

The Aurora Bassmasters are a founding club of the Ontario BASS Nation (OBN), which was formed in 1995. Our motto"More than just another fishing club" is a reminder that in order to be a member in good standing, we all must give back to the sport and the resource.We are a not-for-profit club with and our tournaments are used as fundraisers with proceeds earmarked to assist with our renowned conservation projects and youth initiatives. Every year our club performs several conservation projects and we have been fortunate for the recognition and notoriety this has offered our club. In 2013 for instance, we were awarded four conservation awards- including the prestigious Berkley Conservation Award – which is open to thousands of Bassmaster clubs across North America. Other awards were presented by the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, the Spring Fishing and Boat Show and the OBN itself. Our conservation efforts include Fishing Line recycle depots at popular fishing areas, a 5 year bass tagging research project, tree planting, Adopt A Stream Program, an annual roadside clean-up initiative and a VHS education and awareness campaign. Our dedication to attracting more youth to become hooked on fishing includes presentations and clinics for Scouts and Guides, as well as our annual Fairy Lake Urban Fishing Festival in Newmarket. Of course we all love to fish too ... and host 12 club tournaments every year as well as two open pike tournaments in the spring. 

The Aurora Bassmasters would like to thank Doug Forder from Ontario Streams and Dayna Laxton from York Region who helped make this tree plant possible.

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From left to right:
Back Row: Doug Wadden, Brad Jamieson, Sid Haynes, Bob Kendal, Terry Chomski, Des Barnes, Herb Quan
Front left Robyn Kendall, Emily Kendall ... and Wil Wegman to the left with the poppy on. Photo by by Dayna Laxton- York Region

For More information, please see our website at www.aurorabass.com

Press Release prepared by:
Wil Wegman
Conservation and Media Director Aurora Bassmasters
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