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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Outdoors Card

Outdoors Card; yes currently in Ontario anyone wanting to fish or hunt must obtain an Outdoors Card. Why restrict it to just people who hunt and fish? Why not include anyone who utilizes the resource; ATV users, boat users, sea doo users, hikers, campers, and the list goes on. Now don't get too excited yet.......the thought is this; Our Natural Resources are being managed, well ok, thats a topic for further discussion. We all hear it, our funding has been cut, we don't have the staff, our club can't get the funding we used to receive in the past, our members can only volunteer so much. Let me continue; if all users were required to carry a valid "Outdoors Card" and an additional $5 was added to the cost of issuing the card. The total amount collected from the additional $5 from all cards issued in a given year would be made available to Registered Clubs/Organizations, Municipalities, Conservation Authorities in the following year. These organizations would have to apply for projects/money, under a well structured process; yet not too "bogged down in administration". Allocations would be divided based on the impact/net improvement to the resource. Let's face it if these clubs/organizations/municipalities/Conservation Authorities had this money available to them, it would make a dramatic improvement in their ability to maintain "Our Natural Resources" within their local area. Let's face it if "We"as users of the resource don't start to stand up and be counted and come up with a way to get the work done, the government isn't going to do it. The number of technicians out in the field today is a fraction of what it was prior to the massive cuts to the Ministry of Natural Resources in the 80's and 90's. In doing it in this way the total amount available would be known; no possibiltiy of over/under budgeting and "We", "All Users", of "The Resource" ........Will Get The Job Done!

1 comment:

John said...

Yeh whats with the Government in this Province? Don't they get it; or are they too interested in the votes they can receive from the special interest groups, ensuring they stay in office long enough to retire on a nice fat pension. The answers are known, the problems are known; the only problem is that Government won't take the necessary steps to ensure the proper management of "Our" Natural Resources!

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