The Community Stream Steward Program is a multi-partner conservation and stewardship initiative hosted by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. With the aim of engaging landowners and communities, the program works to build a network of leaders in stream conservation, restoration, and stewardship across Ontario. The program provides these landowners and community members with the advice, support, and tools required to conduct coordinated stewardship activities along stream reaches within their neighbourhoods.
Partners of the Community Stream Steward Program have undertaken a number of activities in Central Ontario, including:
In the last two years, 23,700 native trees and shrubs were planted through the program. Bank stabilization and erosion prevention projects were implemented at 41 sites. The environmental benefits of these projects are:
The Community Stream Steward Program is a good example of collaboration, given the wide range of partners from the federal level to local organizations; all dedicated to the goal of improving stream health. This kind of network could be replicated in other regions, creating a greater impact throughout the province.