September Newsletter 2018September 11, 2018
We’re now into the Fall stretch of our recipient’s 2018 field season. It’s hard to believe but summer is nearly over and that the end of streamside activities is in sight. Sadly, it has been a fairly dry summer with numerous low water and high temperature event across Atlantic Canada and Quebec. I hope the fall season with cooler temperatures will facilitate better returns and adequate spawning opportunities.
This time of the year leads quickly to the 2019 round of funding proposals that now close on 15 November. We introduced this earlier closure date to better enable groups with seasonal staff to prepare submissions during their employment period. Our experience last year proved quite positive, and it enabled more time for the review of funding proposals by our expert advisory committees.
September represents the culmination of the “Protect Our Rivers” sales event with NB Liquor. We are deeply appreciative of the effort by both ANBL management and staff for the success of this fundraising initiative in support of river conservation in New Brunswick. One hundred percent of funds raised go directly to community groups in the province. The sale runs through to Sunday, 23 September in all NB Liquor stores with the final weekend (20-23 September) featuring a prompt at cash that earned over $20,000 last year.
We are also recognizing the exceptional conservation work of the Humber Arm Environmental Association in improving streambank stability in the Humber River Watershed. The Humber is one of the largest watersheds in the island but it, like many rivers, is experiencing a need for stewardship to restore habitat for Atlantic salmon. We applaud their efforts!
In this issue we are profiling Rob Burnett, one of our newer members of our PEI Advisory Committee. Rob is an angler and a dedicated conservationist with a long background as a legal advisor with the Government of Canada where he assessed scientific evidence. I’m sure you’ll agree he’s a good addition to the Committee. Best wishes Rob!
Yours in conservation,