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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ERCA Looking for Feedback Regarding Holiday Beach

Posted on January 11, 2017

Essex Region –  Essex Region Conservation is inviting input on future plans for Holiday Beach Conservation Area.  An open house will be hosted to review the draft master plan for this globally significant Important Bird Area and daytrip destination for thousands of visitors. “Holiday Beach Conservation Area provides important habitat values, is a beautiful beach destination, and features more than 70 seasonal campsites,” says Kevin Money, ERCA’s Director of Conservation Services.  “It’s also world renowned for fall birding, and...

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Habitat Restoration at Spring Garden Natural Area to Continue

Posted on January 9, 2017

The habitat improvement work initiated at Spring Garden Natural Area early in 2016 will continue this winter, through the collaborative efforts of the Essex Region Conservation Authority, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and the City of Windsor to remove the Autumn Olive and other invasive species.  “This work continues the implementation of the comprehensive restoration plan that was drafted by a team of professional biologists and gives significant consideration to the protective measures to be taken for each of the species that...

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Homestead Smokehouse Restored

Posted on January 3, 2017

Essex – A generous local group has provided a holiday gift to the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area. The Essex Region Conservation Authority and Windsor’s Canadian Club Chapter of Questers joined guests from around the region for a cheque presentation for the newly restored smokehouse building at the John R. Park Homestead. The structure was last restored in 1977. Canadian Club Chapter Questers Wit Dudzic and Don Cyr spearheaded the process that required research, fundraising, and volunteer commitment from the local club. Their...

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John R. Park Homestead to Celebrate Holidays in Old-Time Style

Posted on November 28, 2016

Essex – The John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area will celebrate this year’s holiday season in pioneer style with the Eve of St. Nicholas special event on Sunday, December 11 from 12noon – 4pm. “We’ve lots of new and special holiday elements for entire families to enjoy,” says Kris Ives, Curator/Education Coordinator.  “Among the merriment, you can find two of St. Nicholas’ historic counterparts – Belsnickel and Ruprecht.  These figures not only have the ‘naughty and nice’ list close at hand – they also come with a...

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