High school student Jürgen Shantz speaks with Dysart Councillor John Smith during the climate change strike outside the township office on Friday March 22 in Haliburton. Shantz led the effort and was joined by close to 40 people including members of Concerned Citizens of Haliburton County area residents and home-schooled students with parents and guardians. The 16-year-old who plans to return for three more weeks was inspired by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg who has advocated for action against climate change. /DARREN LUM Staff

Proposed moose management changes open for comment now

By Steve Galea Special to the Echo

A Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry proposal that if implemented will dramatically change moose hunting in Haliburton County and the rest of the province beginning in 2020 is open for public comment on Environmental Registry of Ontario until Sept. 26.

ERO proposal 019-0405 is based on 15 recommendations provided to the Minister of Natural Resources by the Big Game Management Advisory Committee. Those proposals were intended to address sustainability making tag allocation simpler fairer and more consistent as well as addressing a range of hunter concerns.

The advisory committee engaged the public in seven open house listening sessions across Ontario in May and June and worked with MNRF to review input from Moose Management Review surveys.

Some highlights that will affect hunters in the Haliburton in 2020 are:

In 2021 other changes will take effect. They include:

To get a full picture of the proposal and to provide comment visit https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-0405 . The deadline for comment is 11:59 p.m. Sept. 26.