News Releases

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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Nominees Sought for Conservation Awards

Posted on October 31, 2016

Essex Region –  Do you know of an organization or individual who has made a significant environmental contribution to the Essex Region? If so, then Essex Region Conservation wants to hear from you.  “Recognition of the importance of environmental sustainability continues to grow at all levels,” explains Danielle Breault Stuebing, ERCA’s Director of Communications and Outreach Services.  “Essex Region Conservation wants to recognize and celebrate those who are making contributions at the local level.”  ERCA is calling for...

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Wetland Habitat Created Near Holiday Beach

Posted on October 24, 2016

 Amherstburg –  The percentage of wetland habitat in the Essex region grew a little today as Enbridge and Essex Region Conservation planted trees, shrubs, wildflowers and other riparian plants at a one-acre wetland, located on County Road 50 near Holiday Beach Conservation Area. The Holiday Beach Demonstration Wetland is a controlled wetland habitat that will improve water quality by reducing phosphorus runoff.  It will also serve as a demonstration project to inspire other landowners to recreate this type of wetland on their private...

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Essex Region Conservation Authority & Foundation Launch New Visual Identity

Posted on October 12, 2016

Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island – The Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) and Essex Region Conservation Foundation (ERCF) have launched a new visual identity to demonstrate the strengthened relationship between the two organizations. “Through our strategic planning effort last year, we heard over and over that the public wants to better understand who we are and what we do,” explained Ed Sleiman, ERCA Chair.  “We have been grateful for the work of the Essex Region Conservation Foundation and their many successes over the past four...

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#PlaceForLife Contest

Posted on October 11, 2016

In recognition of the launch of our new visual identity, we’re hosting a #PlaceForLife social media contest. What makes the Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island region your #PlaceforLife?  Is it our beautiful shorelines and riverfronts?  The many stunning parks and conservation areas?   Our Carolinian forests?  The accessibility to the Great Lakes?  Our rich human history and heritage?  The trails which connect us to our communities and our landscapes? Every person has a story about their place; and we want to learn why you choose to make...

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Celebrate Harvest with the John R. Park Homestead

Posted on September 22, 2016

As the trees change colour and their leaves crunch underfoot, there’s no better way to kick off the start of autumn than with an outdoor celebration of the bountiful harvest. In that spirit, the John R. Park Homestead will welcome visitors on Sunday, October 2 From Noon until 4pm, the Homestead will host this popular fall festival, which combines all the elements of an old fashioned fall harvest with the exciting opportunity to meet all varieties of horses, big and small! The event is presented in partnership with the Essex County Carriage...

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Canada South Coast Bike Tour Welcomes Riders to Support Local Trails

Posted on September 16, 2016

Essex – Residents of the Essex Region will get the chance to support local trail development with their own two wheels at the annual Canada South Coast Bike Tour, happening Saturday, September 24. Essex Region Conservation will welcome cyclists of all skill and ability levels for this yearly fundraising event. The event features three Greenway and two road routes, giving cyclists the chance to pick their ideal ride length. Routes range from the 15km Greenway ride, to the 112km road route. “This event is great for families and expert...

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