By John Reaume
Ever thought of taking a more active role in protecting our woodlands, wetlands and wildlife. A simple action you could take would be to become an Advocate for Nature. This program is coordinated by Ontario Nature. If you sign up as an Advocate for Nature you will receive important action alerts relating to a conservation issue that is being followed by Ontario Nature. You will get a summary of the issue with background information provided as well as a suggested course of action. This usually involves writing a letter to a governmental official or other decision makers recommending a given course of action. For those of us with little free time a sample letter is usually provided that we could simply sign.
Examples of previous issues include advocating for our species at risk, increasing protection of our parks and other protected areas, influencing forestry policies particularly in the boreal region, wetland protection and land use and development policies.
your involvement can make a difference. To receive these “action alert” emails simply subscribe to the Advocate for Nature service on the Ontario Nature website: