Acclaimed musician Fred Eaglesmith to receive Special Recognition Award

– Long Point Basin Land Trust to present award at 17th Annual Fred Eaglesmith Charity Picnic –

 (Port Rowan, Ontario.)  The charitable efforts of Juno Award winning folk-rock-root musician, Fred Eaglesmith, are being recognized by the Long Point Basin Land Trust (LPBLT) at the performer’s annual music festival this summer. The Special Recognition Award will be presented to Eaglesmith and event organizers on Saturday, August 20 during the charity music festival at Springwater Conservation Area. The award recognizes Eaglesmith’s many years of supporting local charities through the event; it also recognizes Eaglesmith’s strong voice and deep passion for the region’s lands, waters, wildlife and communities.

“Long Point Basin Land Trust is pleased to recognize Fred’s long-standing commitment to the people, wildlife, places and natural spaces of southern Ontario’s Carolinian Region,” stated Gregor Beck, LPBLT’s conservation science director. “Over the years, support from the Picnic has allowed local charities to help wildlife, people, wild spaces and rural communities of the area. It seems fitting – and likely overdue – that Fred, the event organizers, musicians and patrons be recognized publicly and thanked.”

 The charity event started as a modest festival 17 years ago with a few musicians. “Over the years, though, it has grown into a major ongoing event attracting hundreds of people from near and far,” said Mary Elgersma, Eaglesmith’s manager. “Proceeds from the event have supported a number of groups and charities, including The Equestrian Association for the Disabled, Fur and Feather Wildlife Centre, Catfish Creek Conservation Authority and Long Point Basin Land Trust.”

 “We are excited to have been a charity partner of the event over the last few years,” added Beck. “Not only have contributions from the Picnic supported our Land Trust species at risk projects and the creation of new nature reserves, the event provides a great opportunity for people to discuss conservation issues and ways to protect the environment. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy music and share stories about nature and the area.”

 The 17th Annual Fred Eaglesmith Charity Picnic takes places from Friday, August 19 to Sunday, August 21 at Springwater Conservation Area, near Aylmer, Ontario. Volunteers and staff from Long Point Basin Land Trust will be present on Saturday and Sunday, with the award presentation expected to be made Saturday afternoon.

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 For more information, please visit: or email Gregor Beck:

Long Point Basin Land Trust: P.O. Box 468, Port Rowan, Ontario, N0E 1M0

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