It is with pleasure that the Aylmer District Trapper’s Council (ADTC) is announcing a continuation of last year’s Multiple Organization Planting Partnership (MOPP). This year, along with Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA), the Elgin Stewardship Council (ESC), OFAH Zone J, and Gorman-Rupp of Canada as our corporate sponsor, we have again set a goal of planting one-thousand trees at a site in Elgin County.
While the planting of trees is the most obvious asset of this program, one less visible but no less significant benefit is the effect working alongside such a diverse group of professionals from within the conservation field, and subsequent exposure to their expertise and demonstration of stewardship will have on our youth participants. It is our belief that stewardship and care for our shared natural world is a learned behaviour and this opportunity for the youth of today who will be the leaders of tomorrow presents an excellent teachable moment. Whether it is understanding that we are active participants in our natural world whose actions have real consequences, habitat restoration, the protection of biodiversity, or just sharing our passion for natural spaces, MOPP presents us all with the opportunity to impress upon our youth the importance of stewardship.
MOPP 2019 will be held at 44051 Ferguson Line on May 25th at 9:00 am at the KCCA office site. Shovels, buckets, water, and lunch are provided on site. Staff from the KCCA will be present to assist in the program with their expertise, while the ESC have committed two members of their board whose presence at the event diversifies MOPP’s line up of professionals working in habitat protection and rehabilitation. The OFAH Zone J team, always being committed to regional programs, have generously provided lunch for all participants and are available to discuss their programs with anyone interested. Gorman-Rupp Canada from St. Thomas, Ontario have graciously provided the funding for trees which will be selected and acquired by the KCCA. Of course, in addition to this line up of frontline conservation organizations, members of the ADTC will be present and available to discuss ongoing and future wildlife management projects including our species recovery efforts pertaining to Ontario reptiles.
All inquiries regarding MOPP 2019 should be made to Shaun Meehan via phone at 226-224-8769, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please confirm attendance ahead of the event so we can ensure we have adequate tools and lunch.
We look forward to seeing you at the plant this year.
The Aylmer District Trapper’s Council Executive