Welcome to the Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council
The Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council is not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization whose mandate is to protect and enhance environmental health along the Eastern shore of Georgian Bay and adjacent inland territory.
Council Mission & Goal
Our mission is to actively partake in management decisions and stewardship activities that promote the ecologically sustainable management of our natural resources for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
Our goal is to be an effective facilitator of community participation and voluntary efforts that foster the establishment of healthy, productive and self-sustaining natural ecosystems.
The purpose of the EGBSC is to bring stakeholders together to develop stewardship goals that will benefit Eastern Georgian Bay and work with stakeholders to carry out projects that will achieve those goals. EGBSC’s aim is to complement the work of other organizations, communities and agencies in order to ensure Eastern Georgian Bay remains healthy.
Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council is made up of 11 Board members, representing a variety of stakeholders along the coast:
Parry Sound Nature Club
Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers
Moon River Walleye Association
Moon River Cottages lodge operator
Georgian Bay Association
French River lodge operator and French River Advisory Group
Cognashene Cottager’s Association
Blackstone Lake Cottager’s Association
Whitestone Conservation Association
Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve
Terry Crawford, President
Bill McRobb, Vice-president
Jessie Metelka, Secretary and Treasurer
In 2000, the Eastern Georgian Bay/North Channel Fisheries Stewardship Council was formed, made up of a broad range of stakeholders. The group worked with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) to gather public input and improve fisheries.
The committee changed to the Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council in 2006, when it was incorporated into the MNRF’s Ontario Stewardship Network. Since inception, Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council has focused on stewardship activities, including bass nest creation, Walleye spawning bed habitat enhancements and annual workshops.
In 2012, MNRF discontinued their Ontario Stewardship Program, and unfortunately, many stewardship councils have since folded. After a brief hiatus, EGBSC incorporated as an independent, not-for-profit organization in 2014, and is back working on projects again! In the past, we have focused mainly on fisheries, but moving forward, we are diversifying our focus.
Where We Work
Our area of focus is Eastern Georgian Bay, from Port Severn to the French River Delta and adjoining inland watersheds.