Spring and Summer Gear Swap

Spring weather is sure to arrive eventually, so join the Algoma Highlands Conservancy and Sault College Parks and Recreation students in our second annual gear-swap fundraiser! It’s fun and easy!

Bring your outdoor gear to sell during the drop-off time, and/or come to the sale and take advantage of some great deals! You can buy and sell lightly used outdoor recreational gear, such as bikes, kayaks, camping gear, hiking equipment/accessories and much more!

Gear from students, community members, and local businesses will be for sale. You set the price and our volunteers will provide the forum for sale and collect cash and cheque payments. When it’s all over, we will provide you with a cheque based on total gear sales, less 18% of proceeds (10% for commercial sellers), which will go to fund AHC’s operations. We are interested in all new /gently used gear related to non-winter silent sports
So mark your calendars and dust off your silent sport recreation paraphernalia!

Location: Essar Hall, Sault College (Main entrance off Northern Ave.), parking available
Dropoff: Friday April 11, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sale: Saturday April 12, 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Pickup of unsold items: Saturday April 12, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Donations accepted
Questions: 705-759-2554 ext. 2461

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2014 Wilderness Advanced First Aid Course

The AHC, in partnership with Wilderness Medical Associates and the Kinsmen Club of Sault Ste. Marie, is once again offering a Wilderness Advanced First Aid Course! The course teaches a judgment-based approach to dealing with medical emergencies in a remote setting.

This course is 4 days (40 hours) of combined instructional and practice time. Upon successful completion, students will receive certification in Wilderness Advanced First Aid and Adult CPR. Certification is valid for three years.

April 5 & 6 and April 12 & 13, 2014 @ 9am
You must attend all 4 days to successfully complete the requirements for certification.

All materials are included in the course fee.
Space is limited! Register by March 17, 2013

780 Landslide Rd., Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
(Located within the Hiawatha Highlands)

Register online at http://www.wafa2014.eventzilla.net

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Curling for the Conservancy

With the BUZZ of the Olympic Winter Games still in the air, we are inviting all curling enthusiasts, from newbie to expert, to join us in our first annual CURLING FOR THE CONSERVANCY Funspiel event on April 6 2014 from 10:30am to 5:00pm.

The event will be held at the Soo Curling Club at 124 Anita Blvd in Sault Ste. Marie, ON (check out our facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/282390931925225/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular for a map of the location!

Cost: $20 curling fee + $30 minimum donation to the Conservancy = $50 total per person

Cost includes: 3 guaranteed games, lunch and instruction for beginners + brooms and sliders (if needed).

To register your team of 4 send an email to info@algomahighlandsconservancy.org. Include “Curling” in the subject line and include your team name, the names of your 4 members and rank your team members as beginner, intermediate or advanced.

HURRY HARD! There is only room for 16 teams, so please register right away!

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Get Rid of Your Unwanted Vehicle for Charity!

The Algoma Highlands Conservancy has partnered with Donate a Car Canada to offer a unique service and donation option to our existing and potential supporters across Canada! Check out Option #3 on our Donate page for more information!

Foster a Forest

Foster a Forest posterPlease help us protect the unique beauty and conserve the ecological wonders of King Mountain and Robertson Cliffs by “fostering” an acre for yourself or someone you love. You can select a specific acre or acres from our virtual map or have one or more assigned to you. Acres are priced in four categories with costs being proportional to perceived ecological, aesthetic or recreational value of the fostered acre.

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of individuals, recreational clubs, and businesses, we have successfully maximized the matching funds offered by the Echo Foundation! Since November 2012 we have raised a total of $100,000 through our Foster a Forest Campaign ($50,000 in donations + $50,000 matching funds). We are well on our way to the ultimate goal of becoming debt free once and for all! To be part of this huge conservation success, please consider making a donation today!

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Fall 2013 Newsletter

If you want to know what we have been doing lately – check out our Fall 2013 Newsletter. If you would like to receive our bi-annual Newsletter follow the link “Join our Email List” below.

Norm’s Cabin Rehabilitation UPDATE

We are happy to officially announce funding received from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) via their Infrastructure and Community Development Program, which will be used in combination with our funding from FedDev Ontario and our private donors to complete the rehabilitation of Norm’s Cabin! Additionally we are excited about the progress of the build and anticipate having a closed-in structure by this ski season. This could not have been accomplished without the help of our amazing building crew and various volunteers, including the Sault College Parks Students who recently dedicated a day to back-filling around the cabin.

SARSF Grant for the Wood Turtle Research Project

ontarioThe Algoma Highlands Conservancy is thrilled to announce that our application to Species at Risk Stewardship Fund (SARSF) was successful! Support from this grant will allow us to continue in our collaborative wood turtle research project, involving the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Canadian Forest Service, and local power distribution and transmission companies – Hydro One, Great Lakes Power Transmission and Algoma Power Inc. The project is aimed at protecting wood turtles, an endangered species in Ontario, and their critical habitat.

Assistance for this project was provided by the Government of Ontario

2012 Resource Stewardship Award Recipient

The AHC is thrilled to announce that we were selected by Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources’ District Leadership Team to receive the 2012 Resource Stewardship Award. Since 1996, individuals and groups have been annually recognized by each OMNR district for excellence in protecting and enhancing our natural resources. The program has traditionally sought out members of the public who volunteered their time and significantly made a difference on the landscape. This honour encourages and motivates us to continue advancing our goals in conservation, scientific research, environmental education, and silent sport recreation. We acknowledge that, without the help of our partners, donors, funding agencies, members, and volunteers, our work would not be possible. A heartfelt THANK YOU goes to each and every one of our supporters! We are thankful for the ongoing privilege of being in charge of stewarding this spectacular part of Algoma!

FedDev Ontario Funding for Norm’s Cabin Rehabilitation Project

CIIF_sign_EFWe are thrilled to announce funding received through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund for the rehabilitation of Norm’s Cabin as an ecotourism destination.