40 Years of Conservation

Established in 1973 to conserve, restore, develop and manage the natural resources of the Essex Region other than gas, oil, coal and minerals, the Essex Region Conservation Authority has a strong reputation for responding creatively and enthusiastically to new challenges.  Since our inception in 1973, natural areas coverage in the region has more than doubled.  We will plant our six millionth tree this year.  We have protected hundreds of metres of shoreline and thousands of homes from flooding and erosion. We have educated more than 100,000 young people about the importance of conserving our environment and preserving our heritage.  We have mobilized thousands of volunteers, and partnered with thousands of organizations and individuals to implement projects aimed at creating a healthy and more sustainable community:  a place where people want to live, work and invest.

We are proud of our past, and look forward to the future with renewed vigour; knowing that with continued perseverance, we will achieve our community’s conservation goals.

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40 Conservation Champions

Thanks to the leadership of many organizations and individuals in the Windsor-Essex community, many conservation successes have been realized over the past 40 years. Our 40 featured Conservation Champions are some of those who have made the most lasting and outstanding contributions in the field of environmental and historical conservation over the last four decades.

Who will be our next Conservation Champion?

To nominate a Conservation Champion, send an email to dstuebing@erca.org.

David AinslieDavid Ainslie Brad RenaudBrad Renaud Peter ThomasPeter Thomas Pearl BradPearl Bradd Dan MennillDan Mennill Betty LearmouthBetty Learmouth Dan KrutschDan Krutsch Dave KrausDave Kraus Ian NaisbittIan Naisbitt Sheila WisdomSheila Wisdom
Paul PrattPaul Pratt John OmsteadJohn Omstead Phil RobertsPhil Roberts Gerry WaldronGerry Waldron Nicole PalazziNicole Palazzi Hector and Carabel RingroseHector & Carabel Ringrose Vic and Darlene BernykVic & Darlene Bernyk Lisa BauerLisa Bauer Alan and Karen BatkeAlan & Karen Batke Hazen PriceHazen Price
Joe HicksonJoe Hickson Lynda CorkumLynda Corkum Bob Hall-BrooksBob Hall-Brooks John StaleyJohn Staley Ken SchmidtKen Schmidt Henry DenotterHenry Denotter Sarah RupertSarah Rupert Mark BartlettMark Bartlett Troy BrianTroy Brian Chris VilagChris Vilag
Lina ChakerLina Chaker Shirley GrondinShirley Grondin Andy PalingAndy Paling Rick PatersonRick Paterson

Share Your Conservation Journey

Over the past four decades, we know that more than two million people have had the chance to visit our Conservation Areas, or have been touched by our efforts in some way. Please feel free to share your positive experiences in and around the natural areas of our region. Email your story to dstuebing@erca.org.