Approved Grants - Fish and Wildlife Management


Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council - $79,500

AKRC Experimental Live-Capture Fishery

  • To explore the use of “live-capture” nets as a replacement for gill nets in the commercial fishery
  • To help develop First Nation capacity in fisheries management

Black Bay Fish and Game Club - $100,450

Implementing a Black Bay Walleye Restoration Plan

  • To construct a boat launch and to support an ongoing program to restore walleye on Black Bay, Lake Superior through a program of rearing and stocking, population netting and tagging studies

Clergue Forest Management Inc. - $37,500

Project to Improve Fish Habitat & Public Access at the Batchawana River Hydro Road Water Crossing (Scriven Township)

  • To replace deteriorating bridge
  • To provide access to a large number of roads on each side of the river
  • To eliminate risks to fish and fish habitat

Clergue Forest Management Inc. - $41,701

Project To Improve Fish Habitat and Public Access at Water Crossings in the Wawa Forest

  • To remove or reduce risks to fish habitat and road users posed by deteriorating bridges and culverts
  • To ensure continued industrial and recreational access to a large portion of Crown forest

Corporation of the Town of Blind River - $130,000

Boom Camp Marshy Bay Bridge and Interpretive Trail

  • To enhance the resource base for local tourism by providing a year round interpretive park and trail network, enhancing cross country skiing, increasing boat access and replacing an old bridge
  • To preserve First Nation sites of cultural value

Corporation of the Town of Petawawa - $24,900

Petawawa Terrace Nature Interpretive Trail

  • To develop 10 kilometres of interpretive trails, signage and related facilities such as viewing platforms, bridges, kiosks and storyboards
  • To increase public access, awareness and involvement in environmental issues

Ducks Unlimited Canada - $87,800

Enhanced Wetland Nature Appreciation Opportunities in Northern Ontario

  • To improve access to three community wetlands by constructing defined trails, viewing platforms and/or boardwalks
  • To create three northern wetland interpretive sites
  • To increase awareness of the need for wetland conservation with the publication of a brochure for each of the sites

Forest Ecosystem Science Co-operative Inc. - $68,000

Northern Goshawk Habitat Project

  • To improve the understanding of habitat use by northern goshawks in the southern Boreal and Great Lakes-St. Lawrence forests
  • Project includes investigations in two forest regions due to major differences in forest types and harvesting and silviculture techniques

Lake Superior First Nations Development Trust - $33,000

Wabakimi Provincial Park Aboriginal Canoe Route Corridor Assessment

  • To collect information on canoe routes and waterways of the Wabakimi Park area utilizing First Nation researchers and community meetings
  • To integrate cultural, natural, social, environmental and economic factors into databases and planning tools for the management and sustainable use of waterway resources in the area

Lakehead University - $590,400

Linking Nutrient Based Aquatic Ecology and Biodiversity in Small Streams and Standing Water Bodies in IFM

  • To complete baseline data collection to characterize small streams, including stream size, type and water chemistry
  • To establish five long-term monitoring sites for selected watersheds, including relationship of parameters to local conditions
  • To collect model input hydrometric, stream bio-geochemistry, soil and vegetation data
  • Project situated in the Legacy Forest

Laurentian University - $105,273

Experimental Determination of Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Food Webs

  • To construct three lake mixing devices to quantify the effect of induced climate change on physical and chemical lake characteristics using vertical profiles of temperature, oxygen, pH, nutrients, dissolved organic carbon and light levels
  • To quantify the effect of induced climate change on populations of algae, zooplankton and benthos

Laurentian University - $119,741

Effects of Angling Regulations & Access on Recovery of Lake Trout Population

  • To evaluate the effect of angling regulations and access on the status of lake trout populations in lakes recovering from disturbance
  • To provide the type of data required by resource managers to develop a science-based strategy for protection of lake trout

McKenzie Forest Products Inc. - $24,300

Project to Improve Fish Habitat and Public Access at the Under Creek Forest Road Water Crossing

  • To reduce or eliminate risks to fish and fish habitat posed by the deteriorated water crossing
  • To provide improved and safe public access on an existing forest access road

Municipality of Greenstone - $201,066

Greenstone Resource Access and Improvement

  • To produce positive economic, environmental and social benefits to the community through improved fish habitat and spawning areas, shoreline enhancement, interpretive site development, bird nesting boxes, wildlife viewing platforms, and wildlife viewing orientation mapping

Municipality of Moonbeam - $134,600

Moonbeam Nature Trail/Biking

  • To develop a 30 km nature trail system for walking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
  • To improve access to wildlife resources and bring economic benefit to the community

Municipality of Moonbeam - $15,000

Replacement of Boat Launch

  • To provide a new boat launch for safer recreational access to Remi Lake

Nature Conservancy of Canada - $110,900

Sustaining Priority Sites for Protection of Species & Ecosystem

  • To protect species and ecosystems by providing improved information, and applying aquatic GAP analysis to the LLT-GL area to characterize the present set of protected areas

Nipissing Forest Resource Management Inc. - $46,000

Project to Improve Fish Habitat and Public Access at the Notman Road Gully Water Crossing

  • To reduce or eliminate risks to fish and fish habitat posed by the existing water crossing
  • To reroute the road to remove the dangerous crossing, thereby improving public access

Ontario Beetles - $65,000

Biological Control of Purple Loosestrife in Northern Ontario, Seeding the North with Effective Populations of Control Agents

  • To seed purple loosestrife infestations in northern Ontario with effective numbers of Galerucella beetles to reduce the extent and spread of this exotic herbaceous perennial

Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters - $48,262

The Problem of Non-Native Fish Introductions to Trout Lakes-the Rock Bass Example

  • To initiate a pilot rock bass removal project aimed at restoring the near-shore fish community of Macdonald Lake, a critically important trout lake in the Haliburton Highlands

Rainy River First Nations - $10,050

Enhancement to the Rainy River First National Resource Stewardship Framework

As per original project

  • To determine the type and concentrations of environmental contaminants through fish containment sampling and analysis

Domtar/Red Pine Lodge - $67,175

Project To Improve Fish Habitat and Selected Public Access at Bridge Water crossing on an Existing Forest Road in Pine-Martel (Chapleau Area)

  • To replace old culverts and bridges with new structures
  • To stabilize slopes using riprap and re-vegetation with seeding of grasses and tree planting
  • To improve access for recreation and forest harvesting and renewal activities and to 475 km of forest roads

Rigato/Ward Crossing Inc. - $31,100

Project to Improve Fish Habitat and Public Access at the Nelson Creek Bridge Forest Road Water Crossing

  • To reduce the risk to fish and habitat, improve safe public access and reduce water velocity and erosion by replacement of deteriorating bridge

Rigato/Ward Crossing Inc. - $36,000

Project To Improve Fish Habitat and Public Access at Water Crossings at the Aylesworth Bridge Forest Road

  • To remove an old bridge, stabilize bank, improve existing walleye spawning bed and improved existing boat launching facility

Temagami Stewardship Council - $45,000

Lake Temagami Open Water Creel and the Nipissing University Lake Trout Study

  • To compare overall indicators to provincial standards through an open water creel survey of angler effort, harvest and methods
  • To identify and characterize the major lake trout spawning areas of Lake Temagami and lay the groundwork for future studies

Tembec, Forest Research Management Group - $90,000

Application of High Conservation Value Forest Assessment (HCVF)

  • To ensure forest managers’ access to complete information about fish and wildlife species high conservation significance
  • To identify relevant socio-cultural High Conservation Value Forest attributes
  • To complete HCVF assessments on six licenses
  • To integrate HCVF findings analysis into forest management plans
  • To achieve greater understanding of the HCVF assessment process at the field level and in the broader forestry community

Trout Unlimited Canada - $71,400

Identification and Classification of Coaster Brook Trout Tributary Habitats Along the Great Lakes Heritage Coast

  • To identify and classify tributary stream and river habitats along the north shore of Lake Superior with respect to their ability to support resident brook trout populations and produce coaster brook trout

University of Toronto, Faculty of Forestry - $33,787

Multi-Scale Habitat Selection by Flying Squirrels in the Great Lakes-St.Lawrence Region of Ontario – Project Enhancement

  • To examine the ecological sustainability of harvesting practices in Algonquin Park for two key indicator species: northern flying squirrels and southern flying squirrels

Upper Lakes Environmental Research Network -$264,000

Fallingsnow Ecosystem: Biodiversity, Wildlife Habitat, and Economics

  • To determine the long-term impacts of intensive conifer release practices on biodiversity and wildlife habitat by surveying vegetation, below ground fauna, insects, small mammals and songbirds

Upper Lakes Environmental Research Network - $371,300

Testing a Large-Scale Photography (LSP) System for Wildlife Habitat Assessment and Forest Inventory in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest of Ontario

  • To test the accuracy, precision and cost-effectiveness of an operational but untested LSP/DEPS data capture system for use in wildlife habitat assessment, forest ecosystem classification and forest resource inventory

Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies - $27,000

Modeling Angling Behaviour and Road Access Relationships: A Study of Two Resident Northern Ontario Angling Populations

  • To provide resource managers with information on the relationship between road access and angling effort in the Thunder Bay and Wawa areas


Akervall Centre for Outdoor Recreation at Lakehead University - $452,490

Development a Comprehensive Recreation Planning Framework (A Component of the Legacy Forest Project)

  • To analyse all collected data (demand, supply, historical including trends)
  • To develop a framework using recreation opportunity spectrum, limits of acceptable change planning processes, and GIS mapping to perform spatial analyses
  • To develop a decision-making process to evaluate future management action related to Intensive Forest Management and its effect on recreation

Bancroft Field Naturalists - $17,000

Project to Build an Observation Deck at Eagle's Nest

  • To develop an observation deck and nature trail system with interpretation intensive stick nest monitoring
  • To educate the public on the importance of raptors and their value in protecting the ecosystem
  • To identify “Areas of Concern” for the forest industry through the monitoring of stick nests

Bird Studies Canada - $500,000

Evaluating the Impact of Forestry on Bird Communities in Northern Ontario: Towards an Adaptive Management Approach

  • Project hypothesis to test that bird communities in landscapes managed for timber output are similar to those in landscapes subject to only natural disturbances, at spatial and temporal scales
  • To provide baseline data in managed forest (cut and uncut) and protected areas, to measure the long-term impact of current and future forestry practices through a before and after, control and impact design

Cochrane and Area Community Development Corporation - $15,000

Interior Camping Trail - Greenwater Provincial Park

  • To create and maintain 1 km of access trail and five camp sites to provide controlled access to wildlife, scenic vistas and waterfalls, bird watching and fishing opportunities

Ducks Unlimited Canada - $150,000

Developing Methods to Map Wetlands on the Canadian Shield

  • To develop a method that uses remote sensing and ancillary GIS information to accurately map all wetland types in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest
  • Methodology to be developed as a pilot in the District Municipality of Muskoka

Haliburton Highlands Outdoors Association - $107,300

Working Towards Better Fish and Deer Populations

  • To improve habitat and provide appropriate forage for deer in early spring through land seeding
  • To re-establish a quality and sustainable lake trout fishery by restoring the indigenous Haliburton gold lake trout.
  • To rebuild spawning beds to recreate shoals in areas impacted by frequently low water levels
  • Project to take place in the Haliburton Highlands

Provincial Elk Restoration Advisory Committee - $241,500

Elk Restoration Program Near Four Rural Communities in NW and Central Ontario

  • To develop protocols and solutions to problem elk situations
  • To develop a long-term methodology for inventorying populations
  • To determine movement, population growth, and causes of mortality
  • Program to take place in areas where elk have been re-introduced: Lake of the Woods, Lake Huron's North Shore, Nipissing-French River, and Bancroft/North Hastings area

Rainy River First Nations - $179,500

Rainy River First Nations Resource Stewardship Framework

  • To develop a model fisheries resource stewardship framework with multi-sectoral partners
  • To identify key fisheries resource issues in the Rainy River watershed, and establish strategic priorities and programs to address these issues on an ecological basis
  • To gather fisheries information based on traditional knowledge and innovative scientific approaches to advance the understanding of aquatic ecology

Sunrise Adventures - $33,695

Project to Update the Temagami Canoe Route Corridor Inventory

Addressing changes to park systems and canoe route corridors over 25 years:

  • To update the current canoe route corridor inventory
  • To prescribe what work needs to be done on the ground
  • To update and re-release the ‘Temagami Canoe Route’ book
  • To report on the sustainability of current resources along canoe routes

The Wolverine Foundation - $248,300

Boreal Wolverine: A Focal Species for Land Use Planning in Ontario's Northern Boreal Forest

  • To refine knowledge of wolverine distribution and habitat
  • To develop a first generation spatial habitat model for NW Ontario to consider the size, distribution, and connectivity of areas needed for a viable wolverine population
  • To develop and test tools for inventorying and monitoring wolverine populations, including the feasibility of satellite collars
  • To develop interim management guidelines and recommendations for maintaining or expanding wolverines in areas of timber harvest

Trent University, Natural Resources DNA Profiling and Forensic Centre - $180,000

Development of Landscape Genetics as a Novel Management Tool for Ontario's Parks and Heritage Sites

  • To allow for cost-effective evaluation of connectivity among populations through the investigation of some “indicator” species using genetic profiling
  • TTo assess the impact of parks, specifically Algonquin Provincial Park, on the surrounding areas and smaller adjacent parks and multi-use areas that differ significantly with respect to forest cover and forest composition

Upper Lakes Environmental Research Network - $99,975

Spatial and Temporal Decision Support Tools for Evaluating Impact of Forestry Activities and Wildfire Disturbance on Indicator Species

  • To develop a proactive tool for forest managers to help predict the potential impact of proposed management activities on the long-term sustainability of forest ecosystems
  • To incorporate information on species biology, ecosystem processes, and proposed management activities over multiple scales of space and time

University of Toronto, Faculty of Forestry - $65,360

Multi-scale Habitat Selection by Northern Flying Squirrels in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region of Ontario

  • To investigate factors affecting habitat selection within stands, among stands, and across landscapes
  • To investigate the effects of forestry practices on flying squirrel habitat use and density at multiple scales; and the effect of landscape patterns on flying squirrel movements and dispersal


Algonquin Forestry Authority in partnership with the University of Toronto - $54,740

Multi-Scale Habitat Selection by American Martens in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forests of Central Ontario

  • To collect data to validate and refine existing habitat suitability models and guidelines relating to silvicultural practices in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence forests

Canadian Forest Service, Great Lakes Forestry Centre - $538,890

An Operational Methodology for Measuring and Analysing Bio-indicators to Support Sustainable Forest Management

  • To evaluate the sensitivity of currently used bio-indicators and the efficacy of accepted methods of data collection in Ontario

Canadian Forest Service, Great Lakes Forestry Centre - $575,000

Environmental Impacts of Partial Harvesting in Riparian Reserves in Ontario’s Mixedwood Forests

  • Start-up and establishment of environmental impact assessment

Federation of Ontario Naturalists - $190,000

Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas

  • To update the breeding bird atlas which was developed 20 years ago, paying particular attention to species at risk and to significant species that act as biological indicators of ecosystem health, and to expanding field work in North Ontario
  • To analyse and map changes in distributions and add new information on bird abundance
  • To complement atlas work in other parts of Canada and the world

J.C. Headwaters Canada Ltd. - $255,968

Development of an Acoustic Methodology for Estimating Fish Abundance & Sustainability

  • To design and transfer a new approach to the inventory of fisheries resources in Ontario using hydroacoustics and integrated sensor technologies, resulting in new levels of precision in the biological and physical assessment of inland waters

Laurentian University - $440,082

Development of an International Standard for Fish Community Assessment in Ontario

  • To assess the value of the Nordic Netting Standard as a fish community inventory technique for Boreal Shield lakes in Ontario

Smooth Rock Falls Anglers & Hunters - $43,320

Project to Replace Forks Bridge and Bridge #30

  • To replace two unsafe bridges along the Redpine Road Corridor in the Muskego River Watershed resulting in improved access to hunting, trapping and fishing resources and to several conservation reserves
  • To stabilized embankments with riprap to serve as possible future fish spawning area

Trent University, Watershed Science Centre - $462,700

The Forest Fish Project

  • To combine GIS technology and field-based science projects on the spatial distribution of brook trout in watersheds for the purpose of updating timber management guidelines based on hydrological processes at the catchment level

Upper Lakes Environmental Research Network - $364,800

The Link between Aquatic Habitat and Fish Productivity: An Experimental Approach

  • To measure the effect of human-induced nearshore habitat destruction or enhancement on the productive capacity of aquatic ecosystems through the partnering of forest and aquatic ecologists

Westwind Forest Stewardship - $122,750

Effects of Timber Harvest on Use of Aquatic Feeding Sites by Moose in the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence and Transition Forests

  • To provide documentation though the development of models to predict the use of moose aquatic feeding areas based on silvicultural system, proximity of cutting, extent of shoreline cut, age of cutting and functional relationships
  • To provide data that can be used to refine habitat guidelines