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National

High Court closes the Book on New York City's Lawsuit against Gun Makers

Court Also Rejects DC/Lawson Case

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Putting an end to nine years of litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear New York City's request to continue a lawsuit that sought to hold firearms manufacturers responsible for the criminal misuse of firearms.

 

The city's lawsuit was originally filed in 2000 by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and was continued by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. After the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act was passed by Congress in 2005, a federal judge threw out the New York lawsuit. Then in April of 2008, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that decision, saying the new law was constitutional.

New York's final recourse was to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the court refused the case.  Among the companies sued were Beretta, Smith & Wesson, Colt; Sturm, Ruger & Co. and Glock.

 

Also the Supreme Court denied review of a similar case brought by the District of Columbia and individual residents of the district including Bryant Lawson against Beretta and other firearms manufacturers. These plaintiffs also hoped to have their case challenging the constitutionality of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act heard by the high-court's Justices.

 

"Today common sense and fairness prevailed," said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel.


Regional

Captain’s License Classes in Michigan City, IN - March 16-23

8-day (6-Pak) Class Monday March 16, 2009 through Monday March 23, 2009

4-hour Towing Endorsement Class on Thursday, March 19, 2009, offered by World Wide Marine Training, Inc.

Call Toll Free:  866-249-2135


River Anglers Reminded of Wading Safety Tips

COLUMBUS, OH - The arrival of the popular "walleye run" along the Maumee and Sandusky rivers and other early spring fishing opportunities is about to begin and anglers are advised by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to observe some basic safety tips while wading and boating in pursuit of their favorite game fish.

 

The walleye run traditionally hits its peak and attracts the largest numbers of anglers to the Maumee and Sandusky rivers during late March through mid-April. Boat anglers and wading anglers also begin to increase their fishing activities elsewhere across the state as warmer temperatures gradually emerge.

 

Here are some basic safety tips:

►Dress properly for the water temperature instead of the air temperature to guard against the effect of hypothermia should you unexpectedly fall into the water.

►Wear an approved inflatable life vest, life jacket or flotation

coat

►Wear a pair of quality-made chest waders and tighten a cinch belt at the waistline outside the waders to help prevent them from filling with water should a water immersion occur.

►Never wear waders while fishing from a boat

►Carry a large walking stick or wading staff to help provide balance while wading in a river. Use a pair of metal crampons or cleats, which fit over the boot portion of waders, to significantly improve traction when wading across slippery rocks and other debris commonly found along river bottoms.

►Don’t fish alone; fish with a partner. Let friends or family members know of your fishing and boating plans.

Be properly licensed and knowing the fishing regulations. Avoid alcohol consumption and be aware of local ordinances and state laws that prohibit open displays of alcoholic beverages and public consumption of alcohol.

►Keep available extra clothing, be prepared to handle an emergency situation if it arises and stay informed of current and forecast weather and water conditions.


Weekly Great Lakes Water Level for March 13, 2009

Weather Conditions

This week, heavy snow fell on the northern portions of the Great Lakes basin while the south experienced very heavy rainfall.  Drier and colder conditions set in during the middle of the work week.  Warmer temperatures are expected for the upcoming weekend before another storm system brings the chance of precipitation that may continue throughout the week. 

Lake Level Conditions

Currently, Lake Superior is 7 inches above its level a year ago.  Lakes Michigan-Huron and St. Clair are 13 and 11 inches, respectively, above what they were at this time last year. Lake Erie is 2 inches below last year's level, while Lake Ontario is 2 inches above last year's level. Over the next month, Lake Superior is projected to rise 1 inch, while Lake Michigan-Huron is predicted to rise 3 inches.  Lake St. Clair is forecasted to remain steady over the next 30 days.  Lake Erie is projected to rise 4 inches, and Lake Ontario is expected to rise 3 inches during the next 30 days.  Over the next several months, Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are predicted to remain at or above their levels of a year ago.  Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario, however, are projected to be at or below last year's levels for the next few months.  See our Daily Levels web page for more water level information.

Current Outflows/Channel Conditions

In February, the outflows through the St. Mary's, St. Clair and Detroit Rivers were lower than average.  The outflow from the

Niagara and St. Lawrence Rivers were above average. 

Alerts

Lakes Superior is below its chart datum elevations and is expected to be below datum over the next several months. Also, water levels on Lake St. Clair can fluctuate greatly due to ice in the connecting channels.  Users of the Great Lakes, connecting channels and St. Lawrence River should keep informed of current conditions before undertaking any activities that could be affected by changing water levels.  Mariners should utilize navigation charts and refer to current water level readings. Ice information can be found at the National Ice Center's webpage.

 

 

Superior

Mich-Huron

St. Clair

Erie

Ontario

Level for Aug 4

600.9

577.8

574.5

571.5

245.8

Datum, in ft Mar 13

601.1

577.5

572.3

569.2

243.3

Diff in inches

 -3

   +3

+26

+28

+30

Diff last month

+2

 +3

0

 +4

+3

Diff from last yr

+7

+13

+11

 -2

+2


2nd Amendment issues

SAF challenges D.C. Handgun ban scheme

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation and three Washington, D.C. residents on March 4 filed a lawsuit challenging a regulation by District of Columbia city government that arbitrarily bans handguns based on a roster of “acceptable” handguns approved by the State of California.

 

The District is using this list despite a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court last summer that protects handguns “that ordinary people traditionally use for self-defense.” This scheme could eventually bar the ownership of any new handguns.

 

Attorney Alan Gura, representing the plaintiffs in this case, noted that District bureaucrats “told Tracy Ambeau Hanson her gun was the wrong color.” Americans are not limited to a government list of approved books, or approved religions, he said. A handgun protected by the Second Amendment doesn’t need to appear on any government-approved list either.

 

“The Springfield XD-45 is approved for sale in Washington,” Gura noted, “so long as it is black, green, or brown, but her bi-tone version is supposedly ‘unsafe’.”

 

Added SAF founder Alan Gottlieb, “The Supreme Court’s decision is crystal clear: Handguns that are used by people for self-defense and other lawful purposes cannot be banned, whether the city likes it or not. The city needs to accept the Second Amendment reality and stop this nonsense.”

 

Hanson, one of the individual plaintiffs in the case, wondered, “Do we really need a gun-fashion police? I just want to be able to exercise my Second Amendment rights without interference 

from the District government.”  Joining Hanson are Gillian and Paul St. Lawrence. Gillian St. Lawrence’s handgun would once have been allowed, until its listing expired, leaving her to observe, “I didn’t realize that my constitutional rights had an expiration date.”

 

Her husband sought to own the same type of handgun that the Supreme Court had ordered District officials to allow Dick Heller to possess. However, that particular model is no longer manufactured, and its maker is no longer available to process the handgun’s certification through the bureaucracy.

 

“The Supreme Court’s decision should really be the last word on whether I can own this model handgun,” said Mr. St. Lawrence.

 

“The so-called ‘safe’ gun list is just another gun-grabbing gimmick,” said Gura. “This is the same old, tried and failed D.C. handgun ban by another name. The city can’t get around the Second Amendment by declaring most normal guns ‘unsafe,’ and gradually shrinking the number of so-called ‘safe’ guns to zero.”

 

Valuable assistance is being provided by the CalGuns Foundation. “CalGuns Foundation was saddened to see the California Handgun Roster adopted in D.C.,” CalGuns Chairman Gene Hoffman added. “Our state has a reputation as being a leader on many fronts. Unfortunately, this has included violating the rights of law abiding gun owners. After nearly a decade of experience with the California Handgun Roster, the CalGuns Foundation is uniquely able to assist in this case.”


High Court closes the Book on New York City's Lawsuit against Gun Makers

Court Also Rejects DC/Lawson Case

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Putting an end to nine years of litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear New York City's request to continue a lawsuit that sought to hold firearms manufacturers responsible for the criminal misuse of firearms.

 

The city's lawsuit was originally filed in 2000 by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and was continued by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. After the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act was passed by Congress in 2005, a federal judge threw out the New York lawsuit. Then in April of 2008, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that decision, saying the new law was constitutional.

New York's final recourse was to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the court refused the case.  Among the companies sued were Beretta, Smith & Wesson, Colt; Sturm, Ruger & Co. and Glock.

 

Also the Supreme Court denied review of a similar case brought by the District of Columbia and individual residents of the district including Bryant Lawson against Beretta and other firearms manufacturers. These plaintiffs also hoped to have their case challenging the constitutionality of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act heard by the high-court's Justices.

 

"Today common sense and fairness prevailed," said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel.


Illinois

Wingshooting Clinics

The Illinois DNR and participating partners sponsor wingshooting clinics at sites throughout Illinois to help improve the shooting skills of participants. Youth/Women's clinics are designed to teach participants basic firearm and hunter safety and the fundamentals of wingshooting. Hunter clinics are designed to enhance the wingshooting skills of hunters and provide sound wingshooting practice techniques.

 

The clinics are conducted on weekends throughout the spring, summer and early fall.  For a complete schedule, check the IDNR web site at http://dnr.state.il.us

 

Upcoming clinics include:

April 4-5 – Youth/Women Clinic – Twin Oaks Sporting Clays, Mode (phone 217/496-3113)

May 2-3 – Hunter Clinic – Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA, Chandlerville (217/452-7741)

May 16-17 – Youth/Women Clinic – Des Plaines Conservation Area, Wilmington (217/785-8129)

May 30-31 – Hunter Clinic – Des Plaines Conservation Area, Wilmington (217/785-8129)

June 6-7 – Hunter Clinic – Briar Knoll Hunting and Fishing Club, Amboy (815/857-2320)

June 13 – Youth/Women Clinic – Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA, Chandlerville (217/452-7741)

June 20-21 – Youth/Women Clinic – World Shooting and Recreational Complex, Sparta (618/295-2700)

June 27-28 – Youth/Women Clinic – St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club, Elburn (630/363-6180)

 


Indiana

Fish, wildlife rules suggestions still wanted

The Indiana Natural Resources Commission has received nearly 800 suggestions from the public as part of an ongoing comprehensive review and enhancement of fish and wildlife rules for the Department of Natural Resources.

       

Substantive rule change suggestions are the third stage of a four-stage process recommended last year by a steering committee. Suggestions can be made through a Web-based interactive form by going to www.IN.gov/nrc/ and clicking on the “Submit a Suggestion” link. The suggestion form will be available until April 1.       

       

An advisory group will review the suggestions and conduct public hearings to determine the merit of suggestions received. The advisory group will report its findings and recommendations to the NRC in late 2009. Actual proposal of substantive rule amendments are not expected to be presented to the NRC until early 2010.        

      

The first stage of the project was to readopt all Fish and     

Wildlife Rules (312 IAC 9) without change to ensure the rules did not expire while the remainder of the project progresses. The readopted rules became effective on Dec. 24, 2008.  

 

The Stage 2 goal is to provide clarity and consistency of interpretation, and to improve enforceability with only minor amendments to the rules in three segments. The NRC has granted preliminary adoption to the first segment of amendments on deer hunting and hunter education rules. Additional segments will address rules associated with wild animals (except deer), mammals and game birds (March 17), and rules associated with reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, commercial licenses and permits (May 2009). It is hoped Stage 2 will be completed and approved by October or November.     

       

The fourth stage provides an option to work with the state legislature to enact necessary amendments to existing statutes.

 


Public Property Reserved Youth Turkey Hunt Opportunities

The Indiana DNR will offer youth hunters, 15 years old and younger, reserved turkey hunts during youth wild turkey hunting season for both youth-season days, April 18 and 19, at 26 DNR properties.

 

The hunts are at Atterbury, Crosley, Glendale, Goose Pond, Hovey Lake, Jasper-Pulaski, Sugar Ridge, Kankakee, Kingsbury, LaSalle, Pigeon River, Tri-County, Minnehaha, Fairbanks Landing, Hillenbrand, Chinook, Winamac and Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Areas, as well as at Cagles Mill, Hardy, Monroe, Patoka, Salamonie, Brookville, Roush and Mississinewa lakes.

 

A youth hunter may be drawn for either or both hunt days, depending on the number of applicants. Youth hunters, or an adult representing them, can register in person at the property they wish to hunt from March 16-27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The drawing will be held March 30. All applicants will be notified of drawing results by mail. Applicants may sign up for only one 

property. Applicants must possess a valid 2009 Youth Consolidated Hunting License, 2009 Regular Turkey License and Game Bird Stamp, or Lifetime Hunting License. Apprentice hunting licenses also may be used.

 

During youth wild turkey season, hunters 15 years old or younger can take a bearded or male wild turkey. The youth must be accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years of age.

 

The youth hunter may use any legal shotgun, bow and arrow, or crossbow. The adult accompanying the youth hunter must not possess a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow while in the field, and does not need to possess a turkey hunting license. A youth hunter may take only one bearded or male wild turkey during all spring seasons. The youth must be properly licensed to take a wild turkey and comply with all tagging and check-in requirements.

 

For more info, call the property office where you wish to hunt. Phone numbers are available at www.dnr.IN.gov/fishwild or in the "2008-09 Hunting &Trapping Guide."


Michigan

Sea Grant to hold 3 Lake Huron workshops – 4/2, 4/18 & 5/2 

The workshops will provide updates on the creel, forage, law, food web and other subjects.  The focus will be on the changing food web and the ongoing revision of the Fisheries Management Plan for the Lake.  There will be an opportunity for the audience to provide feedback. 

 

These workshops provide an excellent chance to learn the most current information on the status of the fishery and to hear discussions on strategies being considered to improve fishing opportunities while utilizing the food web changes.  Registration fees are $15.00 in advance, $ 20.00 at the door and include coffee breaks and lunch.

 

Workshop dates/locations/registration forms:

April 4, Franklin Inn, 1060 E Huron Ave, Bad Axe, MI  48413

Bad Axe, MI Sea Grant Workshop Flyer & Registration form

April 18, Eagles Hall, 1960 M-32 W, Alpena, MI  49707

Alpena, MI Sea Grant Workshop Flyer & Registration Form

 

May 2, Little Bear Community Ctr, 275 Marquette St, St Ignace, MI  49781

St. Ignace, MI Sea Grant Workshop Flyer & Registration Form

 

The workshops will provide updates on the creel, forage, law, food web and other subjects.  The focus will be on the changing food web and the ongoing revision of the Fisheries Management Plan for the Lake.  There will be an opportunity for the audience to provide feedback.  These workshops provide an excellent chance to learn the most current information on the status of the fishery and to hear discussions on strategies being considered to improve fishing opportunities while utilizing the food web changes.

 


DNR to limit Walleye Production in 2009

Saginaw Bay/Tittabawassee strain will not be used

Michigan DNR will continue limited production of walleye fry for the 2009 season as a precaution against spreading viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) into inland waters, fisheries officials announced.

 

"We still don’t have all the information we'd like on VHS" said Gary Whelan, DNR fish production manager. "We'd rather be cautious than risk being a vector for spreading this disease."  VHS has been found in various parts of the Great Lakes and connecting waterways, which is where the best walleye broodstock sources are located.

 

Fisheries staffers will take eggs and milt from walleyes in the Muskegon River and Little Bay de Noc. The Saginaw Bay/Tittabawassee strain will not be used again this year. Only the Thompson State Fish Hatchery will be used to incubate eggs as it maintains a separate facility that will prevent the spread of potential VHS into steelhead-rearing facilities should infection occur. In addition, fisheries staffers will evaluate the feasibility of rearing additional walleye at private and tribal facilities.

 

Walleye egg-take will be spaced out over several weeks to maximize production, which will still be limited to six million fry

if the outside facilities are not used.  Fry spend only three to

five days at the hatchery before being transferred to off-site rearing ponds which require a large amount of DNR effort. Many external walleye rearing ponds exist throughout the state, but only those that are non-drainable will be used for rearing in 2009.

 

Currently, there is no proven method for disinfecting walleye eggs. All adult brood stock will be tested for VHS, as will samples of walleye fry and fingerlings before they are stocked. Fingerlings will be stocked only in inland lakes in 2009 that have no inlets or outlets or into lakes with direct connections to the Great Lakes. No fingerlings will be stocked in the Lake Superior watershed. Thus, the program will be the same as was used in 2008, but is much expanded from 2007 when DNR did not raise any walleye statewide.

 

"If we can develop an effective method of disinfecting walleye eggs, we can increase production in the future," Whelan said. "In the meantime, we'd prefer to err on the side of caution rather than risk spreading VHS to new waters."

 

For more detailed information on this subject, the public should visit the Fisheries Division second of the DNR's Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnrfishing.


Joint Meeting of UP Citizen Advisory Councils Set for March 19 in Marquette

There will be a joint meeting of the two Upper Peninsula Citizen Advisory Councils on Thursday, March 19, in Marquette, the Michigan DNR announced. The joint meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Citizens Forum Room in Lakeview Arena, 401 E. Fair Ave. in Marquette. The meeting is open to the public.

 

Sharon Schafer, DNR budget director, will address the joint meeting of both councils. Schafer’s presentation will give an overview of the DNR’s budget structure, including restricted

funds. Only four percent of the DNR’s budget is state General Fund dollars, while 78 percent is restricted funds. The remainder is federal funding.

 

The CACs were formed to give UP citizens more input into DNR regional programs and policies. The councils, both an Eastern UP and Western UP one, have a wide array of outdoor recreation interests represented and help the DNR identify how it can be more effective in the region.

 

For more information on the joint meeting or the CACs, contact Stacy Welling, DNR UP field deputy, at 906-228-6561.


U-M fisheries biologist Diana named new Sea Grant director

Ann Arbor, Mich. — University of Michigan fisheries biologist Jim Diana has been named the new director of the Michigan Sea Grant College Program, a joint program of U-M and Michigan State University. The appointment is effective March 1.

 

Diana, professor of natural resources and environment, has

studied the behavior and ecology of temperate fishes for three decades. He joined the U-M faculty in 1979. He has received numerous professional honors, and is the author of more than 70 scientific papers and reports. Diana replaces U-M aquatic ecologist Donald Scavia as Michigan Sea Grant director. Earlier this year, Scavia was named director of U-M’s Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute.

 


DNR Drafts New Proposals for Northerns and Muskie

The Michigan DNR is seeking input on new draft management strategies for pike and muskellunge in Michigan.  The plans, which were developed by a standing committee of DNR personnel as well as a representative of the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources, identify goals and recommend strategies to protect and enhance pike and muskellunge resources statewide.

 

The muskellunge plan calls for maximizing the abundance of large fish in the population and identifies the need to establish a brood-stock program for Great Lake muskies to restore

traditional populations and perhaps expand them into major river systems.

 

The pike plan calls for increasing the size structure of the population while maintaining a stable harvest.

 

The plans are available on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnrfishing.   Comments about the Northern Pike plan

DNR-PikePlan@michigan.gov and Muskellunge plan DNR-MuskyPlan@michigan.gov can be emailed to each respective address.


Minnesota

DNR seeks comments on 15 area lake management plans

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking comments on individual fisheries lake management plans for 15 lakes in St. Louis and Lake counties.  Fisheries managers use the plans to describe the past, present, and future conditions of the lake.  The plans identify goals and objectives for the fish community and identify specific management activities planned for the lake in the next 5 to 10 years.

 

The management plans available for review at this time are for

Bass (Echo Trial), Bear Island, Cedar (southwest of Aurora), Crooked, Deep (south of Gilbert), Fenske, Garden Lake Reservoir (includes Garden, Farm and South Farm lakes), Little Long, Loon, Maskenode (alternate name Four-Mile, near Mountain Iron) Newton, Pine (east of Hoyt Lakes), Shagawa, Tofte, and White Iron lakes.

 

These draft plans are available for review and comment, at the Tower Area Fisheries Office at 650 Highway 169, Tower, MN 55790, 218-753-2580, ext. 222.  The comment period will be open through March 25, 2009.


Ohio

$4.6 Million Available To Improve Boating Access

COLUMBUS, OH - Communities across Ohio have until April 1 to apply for a share of approximately $4.6 million in funding available for  recreational boating access facility projects on the state's waterways, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

 

The Cooperative Boating Access Facilities grant program is administered by the ODNR Division of Watercraft. Funding is provided through the Ohio Waterways Safety Fund, which is comprised of watercraft registration and titling fees, a portion

of the state motor fuels tax and funding from the U.S. Coast Guard.

 

Grants are available for various projects, including boat launch ramps, docks and improvements or repairs to existing boating access facilities.  The Cooperative Boating Access Facilities program has provided more than $62 million for boating access projects statewide since 1960.  Grant applications are scored on a competitive basis and are available at www.ohiodnr.com  and by calling (614) 265-6443


Ohio Boat Registrations Dip Slightly in 2008

Franklin County Remains No. 1 Ahead Of Cuyahoga, Hamilton Counties

The total number of Ohio-registered watercraft in 2008 was tabulated at 411,366, a decrease from 415,562 watercraft registered in 2007, according to the Ohio DNR.  The total number of Ohio-registered watercraft in 2005 was 412,804.

 

Franklin County had the highest number with 26,130 registered watercraft in 2008. It was then followed by Cuyahoga - 23,908; Hamilton - 17,765; Summit - 18,880 and Montgomery - 15,627.

 

The most significant trend in Ohio watercraft registrations is a 

significant growth in ownership of canoes and kayaks. Registration records show the number of Ohio-registered canoes and kayaks rose from 60,065 in 2003 to 80.640 in 2008, an increase of 34 percent. Overall, canoe and kayak account for 19 percent of all Ohio-registered watercraft.

 

Boats, sailboats, inflatable watercraft, canoes, kayaks, jet-propelled personal watercraft such as Jet Skis and Waverunners, rowboats and most other floating vessels are required to be registered for use on state waterways. A complete listing of watercraft registration statistics and other registration requirements and procedures can be found online at www.ohiodnr.com.


Stone Lab Spring Work Weekend, April 17-19

New volunteers are welcome!

Bring your work gloves and help spruce up Stone Lab for the upcoming season at the annual FOSL Spring Work Weekend April 17-19. Participants are invited to arrive Friday night and stay until Sunday morning or simply come for the day on Saturday. There’s plenty of cleaning, organizing, carrying, painting, moving, and digging to do!

 

Gear to Bring

April weather on Gibraltar is unpredictable and often cold, so check the forecast and dress accordingly in clothes that can get dirty. If it rains, we’ll still be working, which makes rain

gear a plus. Meals will be provided, but be sure to bring

bedding, towels, and toiletries. 

 

Registration and Arrival

Contact Kelly Dress at 419-285-1800 or dress.3@osu.edu  to register by Monday, April 13. She will add your name to a list for the Miller Boat Line, where you can take the ferry for free that weekend. You may also choose to pay for your own ticket to save Stone Lab the cost.  A Stone Lab van will meet the Miller Ferries at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. Friday night, and 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. If you arrive at a different time, a cab to the Stone Lab Research Building and a call to 614-738-5311 will get you transportation to the island.


Ontario

Job Opportunities Await Ontario Youth

McGuinty Government Supports Jobs in Natural Resource Management

Youth in Ontario have an exciting opportunity to learn, work and make a difference, both this summer and beyond, through rewarding positions in natural resource management.  In 2009, the province is supporting over 2,100 jobs in natural resource management through a number of programs, including:

►Ontario Ranger

►Ontario Stewardship Ranger

►Ministry of Natural Resources Internship

►Post-secondary Co-op

►First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment (in partnership with Confederation College)

 

Through these and additional programs – such as Summer Experience, Ontario Internship, Aboriginal Youth Work Exchange and the Internship Program for Internationally Trained Professionals – the province is providing youth of all ages, skill levels and educational backgrounds the opportunity

of a lifetime. By providing youth with engaging experiences

and valuable skills in natural resource management, the province is helping develop the green economy leaders of tomorrow.

 

The Ministry of Natural Resources’ youth employment programs are part of the province’s Ontario Summer Jobs Strategy.  Last year, the McGuinty government helped more than 86,000 young people find employment during the summer break. The diverse participants in these youth programs come from communities all across Ontario. Many of these programs are well established with several celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2009: Ontario Ranger (65th), Ontario Stewardship Ranger (10th), MNR Internship (10th) and Ontario Internship (10th).

 

Find out more about the Ministry of Natural Resources youth employment programs at ontario.ca/mnryouthprograms. See program participants at work and hear first-hand about their experiences.

Natural Resources Information Centre 800-667-1940


 

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