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The Orillia Fish And Game Conservation Club

Sixty Eight Years of Conservation (1947-2015)

The Orillia Fish And Game Conservation Club has fought for conservation for over sixty years, right from its first meeting in March of 1947. The Club strives to live up to its motto of “Wild Life Unlimited” and to be wise in our use of our natural resources. Now in our sixty-seventh year, our over 70 members are celebrating our past achievements and looking forward to maintaining continuing projects and developing new avenues to reach our conservation goals. The Club is a proud member of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and, through our activities and our membership, promotes our fishing and hunting heritage. We have our “Leatherdale and Other Deceased Members Bursary” for graduating high school students continuing their Environmental/Conservation education in college or university. Each year our members work on stream rehabilitation on a tributary of the Coldwater River. During severe winters our members buy and transport feed for deer in deer yards to the north. An annual Kid’s Fishing Day is hosted each year by Club members at the Port of Orillia. Fund raising is an important effort for our members to ensure we have adequate funds to continue conservation efforts in our region. We have hosted a Spring Sportsman show for over 25 years and now host an annual Wild Game Dinner each winter. Currently our major fundraiser is selling 50/50 tickets at Burl’s Creek Automotive Flea Market. At the 61 acre Langman Sanctuary on the Bass Lake Side Road, we maintain a wetland area for birds and aquatic life and a Conservation Education Centre. Trails for walking, skiing and snowshoeing are open to the public at all times. Many groups from Scouting and Guiding organizations use the Langman Sanctuary and Education Centre for their outdoor programs. In the past, the OFGCC has promoted conservation with youth through a junior conservation club, Art and Essay Contests and Science Fairs in the local schools. The Club has an eighty acre tree farm on Bass Lake Side Road where we grow and sell Christmas trees. The property also has a picnic shelter, ponds and both coniferous and deciduous forest for use by members and the public by reservation. Over the years our Club has proudly been involved with the reintroduction of Wild Turkeys, Hungarian Partridge, and Rainbow Trout fry into our surrounding area. During the 1950’s our members were Deputy Conservation Officers protecting the pickerel run at Gamebridge. The OFGCC successfully fought to keep the lamprey eel out of the Severn River system. We continue to monitor our environment for pollution that requires action.