Advocate for Nature

By John Reaume

November 2006

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:           

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I the undersigned, wish to have my child
participate in the following activity
sponsored by the Saugeen Naturalists. As part of registering my child, I hereby agree as follows:
1. That I acknowledge that there are inherent risks associated with this activity and that my child could sustain personal injury through participation in this activity and I am hereby accepting to take that risk on behalf of myself or my child.

2. To save harmless and keep indemnified the Saugeen Naturalists and the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority and their respective agents, official servants and representatives against all claims and actions, costs and expenses and demands, in respect of injury, loss or damage or death to myself or my child’s person.

3. That I acknowledge that in this situation volunteers are involved in supervising this activity and that I shall accept the responsibility of observing my child’s participation in this activity and should I have any objection to the manner in which my child or myself are being supervised or instructed, I accept the responsibility to remove myself or my child from this activity.

This agreement shall be binding upon myself, my heirs, executors and assigns.