An outdoors recreation group in the county says it wouldn’t exist without volunteers. The Haliburton Highlands Outdoors Association is using National Volunteer Appreciation Week to thank those that donate their time

The Haliburton Highlands Outdoors Association relies on over 300 volunteers a year to operate the fish hatchery, its archery program, as well as offer seminars on topics related to the great outdoors. H.H.O.A. Vice-President of Marketing and Education Rusty Rustenburg says all the people working on rehabilitating Gould’s Creek by Gelert Road are volunteers.

Rustenburg also says between 40 and 50 volunteers help staff the fish hatchery, along with many others for various initiatives by the H.H.O.A.

The H.H.O.A. also relies on volunteers for its new archery program. Rustenburg also says the organization wants to bring more outdoor and education events to the youth of the county. If you want to volunteer with the association, you can call them at 705-457-9664.