A revitalized wildlife group is the recipient of the 2019 Pembina Valley Conservation District conservation award.
The Mound Wildlife Association (MWA) ceased operation in 2000 after a 15-year run but was revived in 2015, with an emphasis on youth involvement.
An inaugural free Kids Fishing Derby in 2015 attracted 24 participants to Goudney Reservoir for hotdogs, prizes and learning opportunities. It has been an annual attraction since and by 2018 had grown to 68 participants.
Members developed a picnic area to ensure the public will enjoy the reservoir, and partnered with the PVCD Swan Lake Sub District to purchase a new dock. A partnership was also formed between MWA, the RM of Louise and the Pembina Valley Conservation District to provide for maintenance and future upgrading costs of the aeration system.
The association is committed to improving fish stocks and assisted Manitoba Fisheries in stocking 50,000 walleye fry. It hopes to install signage at Goudney Reservoir, a second dock, an ice fishing shack for members, mentored deer and duck hunts, upgrading the pump and aerators to a more energy-efficient system as well as keeping youth involved with the outdoors.
An award in memory of the late Mike Cabernel is presented each year to recognize an individual, organization, family or business who actively promotes wise farm management and conservation practices in partnership with Manitoba Sustainable Development.