Mem­phrem­a­gog Con­ser­va­tion Inc

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Mem­phrem­a­gog Con­ser­va­tion inc (MCI) held its 46th an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Austin on July 6, 2013. McGill Univer­sity emer­i­tus pro­fes­sor and Lim­nol­o­gist Dr. Ja­cob Kalff gave a con­fer­ence on his 25 years of ex­pe­ri­ence as a re­searcher on Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog. Dr. Kalff was also awarded the Gor­don Kohl Com­mem­o­ra­tive Prize, which is awarded by MCI to an in­di­vid­ual who has made an ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tion, through his or her per­sonal in­volve­ment and ded­i­ca­tion, to en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion for the ben­e­fit of cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

A num­ber of re­ports were also pre­sented at the meet­ing: Pres­i­dent’s re­port, Pa­trollers’ re­port, Mem­ber­ship re­port, as well as the tabling of MCI’s fi­nan­cial state­ments.

Mrs. Gisèle La­casse Benoit, Vol­un­teer Pres­i­dent, stated: “The con­ser­va­tion of nat­u­ral land­scapes within Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog’s wa­ter­shed re­mains a pri­or­ity for the or­ga­ni­za­tion. This con­ser­va­tion pro­gram high­lights the fun­da­men­tal func­tions of ecosys­tems for the en­vi­ron­ment, the con­stant de­vel­op­ment pres­sures on nat­u­ral land­scapes, and their im­pacts on our well-be­ing. MCI’s ap­proach is through the vol­un­tary par­tic­i­pa­tion of prop­erty own­ers, as well as Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and the MRC. To this end, for the pe­riod of 2013–2014, MCI is aim­ing to pro­tect, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with pri­vate prop­erty own­ers, 100 hectares of nat­u­ral land­scapes. MCI will also con­tinue to pro­mote the vol­un­tary con­ser­va­tion of pri­vate prop­erty, and con­tinue its work in part­ner­ship with the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, as well as seek ad­di­tional sources of fund­ing for the pro­gram. MCI in­vites all in­ter­ested prop­erty own­ers to con­tact us for more de­tails.”

MCI’s lake patrol in­vites res­i­dents to in­form them of any ob­ser­va­tions of note, such as cyanobac­te­ria blooms, swim­mer’s itch, or any other items re­gard­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. They can be reached at 819-620-3939 or patrol@mem­phrema

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The or­ga­ni­za­tion is in very good fi­nan­cial health, and has seen its mem­ber­ship grow as a re­sult of a re­cruit­ment cam­paign chaired by Mr. Yves Fortier. To find out more about MCI, visit us on the web at www.mem­phrem­a­gog.org

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Dr. Ja­cob Kalff re­ceived the Gor­don Kohl Com­mem­o­ra­tive Prize dur­ing the AGM of MCI.

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