An ongoing project of the Rainy Lake Conservancy is to provide lakeshore stewardship materials and educational opportunities not only to Conservancy members but also to students and landowners in the Rainy Lake area. What does it mean to educate people in lakeshore stewardship? How do people learn to be good stewards of lakes and shorelines? One way is to get people out into nature. A personal experience watching a dragonfly hatch can be a powerful motivator to keep a stream healthy. A hike that exposes people to warblers in the spring goes a long way toward encouraging people to maintain habitat in which birds can thrive. An opportunity to remove purple loosestrife from a beautiful bay is a way to learn caution about introducing seeds and plants into water and on land. Talking with students in school classrooms is another way Conservancy members reach the minds of younger people with simple hows and whys of lakeshore stewardship and land conservation. Cleaning up a trashed-out beach, taking a kid fishing, showing good sense about where you empty your bait buckets and live wells; each is a way of practicing good stewardship.
 
Docktalk
Docktalk is a stewardship program aimed at enhancing the protection of Ontario's shorelines through the education of lakeside cottagers and residents. It is sponsored by the Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Rainy Lake Conservancy hosted a Docktalk workshop on Rainy Lake where coordinator Kelli Saunders and shoreline guide Charlie Madden, of the Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association, discussed environmental stewardship with Conservancy members. Several members of the Conservancy volunteered to have on-site Docktalk inspections of their cottage properties with an eye toward learning how to improve their own lakeshore stewardship. http://www.foca.on.ca/docktalk

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