The year in review
Byron Wesson for more than 35years, was our contact person whom our landlord the NVCA made us responsible to, because we have the used of their property where we built a hatchery and have the use the building as our club house and a home base, to continue our conservation projects.
The Hatchery
We raise trout in our hatchery for supplemental & put & take stocking needs Required by us for the needs of the Ministry of Natural Resources Midhurst district.)
1 Water flow problems were of great concern and presented us with the thought of maybe shutting down or greatly reducing numbers of fish being raised and stocked in area waters. Thanks to a work party led by Bill Nicholson the ROOT of the problem was solved and maximum flow was returned to the hatchery.
A visit from MOE took place in June and we were found to be needing upgrades in 13 areas. David Boyce, Scott Avery Nick and Tatham Eng. worked at upgrading the piping, installing a flow meter and assisting with the rest of the items MOE requested of us. We are still in operation because of these members dedication and on going efforts
Staying with the hatchery our in school hatchery program 2023 expanded from 2 schools to 4 now included were Wasaga Beach, Stayner, & Collingwood
This program was expanded in numbers and area now covering Creemore, Nottawa, and the Beaver Valley as well the number of new schools much of this was made possible by a grant given to Ashley Morrison a project manager representing Georgian Bay Forever
Stream rehab was focused on having a extremely large beaver dam located off Grey rd. 19 just north of 6th St. on the Silver creek this dam was a monster that was stopping returning Trout & Salmon from returning to the prime spawning ground of the upper silver creek for the last 2 to 3 years. The Silver creek was our focus this year, making arrangements to remove this dam in the time window and requests made by the MNRF. were put in place and every effort was made for returning Salmon & Trout to get to the prime spawning grounds, we will continue to target this ongoing problem.
Building & Grounds.
This year the grounds were used by 2 Girl Guide groups 1 from the Orangeville Area and the from Thornbury area In In .July and August the area was leased to Rad Adventures.
This year we installed a composite toilet in the club house hoping to attract more women to come to our meetings,
Repairs to the deck we made this year and what a difference it made Special thanks to Scott Avery, Dave Boyce and Chance for their extra attention to the needs required that make us feel at home.
Both Derbies were a success and much hard work was required to make this happen and John Baldry has gone the extra mile to see that our name and our goals and the reason we do what we do is in the best interest of those that have invested in us and our efforts to conserve and enhance the fishery for now and future generations
September Fish fry was attended by so many we run out of seats. This was the most attended social we have had in many years, James Meger and Harvie Pittman combined to present to us a fish fry fit for a king without a doubt, our Christmas get together was a wonderful and well attended.
I want to thank you all for your encouragement this last year and hope that this year we can continue to achieve a great service to our surrounding communities and ourselves.
In Conservation to our club and the needs of others
Happy New Year
Yours in Conservation
Rick Baldry