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Watershed Research Technician

Posted on March 22, 2017

The Essex Region Conservation Authority is currently seeking a Watershed Research Technician. 

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Posted on March 17, 2017

The Essex Region Conservation Authority is seeking an Interpreter.

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Invasive Species Awareness Week

Posted on March 2, 2017

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 become dominant in Essex County’s wetlands, along ditches and in other wet areas.  Because it...

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ERCA reminding equestrians to use Greenway’s grassed sides

Posted on February 27, 2017

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, ERCA’s Director of Conservation Services. “We have designed the trail as a multi-use surface, but...

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Workshop to give crash course on adventure racing

Posted on February 15, 2017

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 designing the course for the annual South Coast Adventure Race (SCAR), which will wind its way through the...

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

Posted on February 14, 2017

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 before the time of John and Amelia Park; this was a process originally discovered and honed by the...

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Essex Region Conservation Approves 2017 Programs and Budget

Posted on February 10, 2017

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 for 2017. The budget totals just over $11 million and includes a levy contribution from member...

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Extended tree program to help landowners participate in conservation

Posted on January 23, 2017

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, ERCA’s Forester. ERCA acts as a one-stop shop for property owners, letting them browse a catalogue of...

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Amherstburg’s Fryer to Chair Essex Region Conservation Authority

Posted on January 20, 2017

Councillor Rick Fryer was elected Chair of the Essex Region Conservation Authority at the Annual General Meeting of January 19.  With six years of experience as a Councillor for the Town of Amherstburg, Fryer looks forward to supporting ERCA initiatives and events.  “Looking at natural means of alleviating basement flooding is a priority, as well as continuing to seek funding from senior levels of government,” he noted. Councillor Irek Kusmierczyk from the City of Windsor was elected as Vice Chair. Both he and Fryer look forward to...

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Essex Region Conservation Honours Award Winners

Posted on January 19, 2017

Eleven organizations and individuals have been recognized with Essex Region Conservation Awards for their efforts in making the Windsor/Essex/Pelee Island region the Place for Life. “Tonight marks the 25th anniversary of honouring those who have made tangible contributions to our regional environment,” said newly-elected Chair Rick Fryer. “It is rewarding to learn about all of the strides being made by so many to sustain our region as the Place for Life.” Irene Moore Davis – John R. Park Homestead Award for her preservation of...

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