Invasive Species Awareness Week

Essex Region – It’s National Invasive Species Awareness Week, which aims at bringing attention to invasive species and their environmental impact.  “Phragmites is probably one of the most devastating invasive species that our region is presently facing,” said Kevin Money, ERCA’s Director of Conservation Area.  “It reduces biodiversity, can dry up a wetland and can affect agriculture and road safety.”  This tall growing reed has...

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ERCA reminding equestrians to use Greenway’s grassed sides

The Essex Region Conservation Authority is reminding users of the Greenway trail that horses are restricted to the grassed sides of the trail. “With our unseasonably warm temperatures, the greenway trail surface is very susceptible to surface damage from horse hooves.  Even a few horses during this critical period can make the trail difficult for cyclists or pedestrians as it leaves the trail surface very bumpy,” explains Kevin Money,...

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Workshop to give crash course on adventure racing

Amateur adventurers and local athletes have a chance to learn the ins and outs of adventure racing at an upcoming workshop featuring a pair of seasoned veterans. Starting at 6pm on Thursday, February 23 at the Ojibway Nature Centre, Robert and Andrew Pula will present a free workshop on the basics of adventure racing. The brothers are long-time adventure athletes with dozens of races under their belts. They are also the duo in charge of...

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Kick off Canada’s 150th anniversary with the sweet taste of maple

Essex– There is no better way to kick off the country’s sesquicentennial celebration than with a uniquely Canadian tradition. Starting in mid-February, the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area will be maple syrup central, tantalizing visitors’ taste buds while teaching them about the role of maple in our region’s rich human and natural history. “Maple making has been an early spring tradition in the eastern half of our country long...

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Essex Region Conservation Approves 2017 Programs and Budget

Essex Region Conservation has approved the 2017 workplan of projects and associated budget. Improving and streamlining customer service, opening the Cypher Systems Group Greenway, rehabilitating a significant Lake Erie coastal wetland at Sturgeon Creek in Leamington, and proposed Water and Erosion Control Infrastructure Projects totaling $1.2 million are just a few of the projects and programs proposed by the Essex Region Conservation Authority...

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Extended tree program to help landowners participate in conservation

The Essex Region Conservation Authority is putting the call out to landowners interested in planting trees on their property this spring. These landowners can take part in a suite of programs designed to increase natural area coverage in the region. “Planting trees on your property not only helps the environment, but can improve property value, reduce heating and cooling costs and improve the aesthetics of your land,” said Rob Davies,...

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