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Jones Bridge placed at site

The local community has surpassed $250,000 in donations or pledges raised for a new pedestrian bridge on the South Huron Trail. There is a need for $50,000 more in donations to reach the fundraising goal to complete the Jones Bridge project.

World Soil Day December 5

December is a busy time. It can be hard to stay ‘grounded’ – but you can get ‘grounded’ on December 5, 2018 for World Soil Day, according to the organizers of a local soil health social media campaign.

Low water advisory removed

The Water Response Team (WRT) has removed the Level 1 Low Water Advisory for the Bayfield River watershed.

Hunting on some ABCA lands

The days are getting shorter but the public use of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) properties continues to be strong and will even increase with the deer hunting seasons coming up in November.

Optimists donate to Bridge

The South Huron Optimist Club has donated $1,000 to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation towards the community project to build a new pedestrian bridge on the South Huron Trail.

Canada EcoAction Funding

The Government of Canada has announced $4.3 million in Canadian funding to support 58 new EcoAction Community Funding Program projects across the country. The announced EcoAction funding includes $100,000 to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation.

Pedestrian bridge construction

The construction of the much-anticipated Jones Bridge downstream of Morrison Dam is about to begin.

Shore protection checklist

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Board of Directors has approved a new fact sheet with information for landowners and contractors who are proposing shoreline protection works and a new Checklist for Applications for Shore Protection. The

FamilyDay Festival Feb 18 2019

The Family Day WinterFest South Huron organizing committee is pleased to announce the popular winter festival is returning in 2019.

Nature day camp on PA Days

Ausable Bayfield Conservation plans to host “rain, snow, or shine” nature day camps on three Professional Activity Day (PA Day) Fridays this autumn: on September 28; November 2; and December 7.

Owl Prowl on November 3

Ausable Bayfield Conservation hosts the annual Owl Prowl event at Morrison Dam Conservation Area, east of Exeter, on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

Hundreds at turtle release

A fun learning event for the public, to observe the release of turtle hatchlings back into the wild, keeps growing. There were 925 people who attended the third year of the turtle release event, held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Morrison Dam Conservati

More than 200 at open houses

More than 200 people attended two public information open houses, about shoreline management, held in Thedford and Zurich in August of 2018. Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) hosted the first open house on Saturday, August 11 in Thedford and

Tree order form online

Tree planting crews, working with local landowners and other partners, planted more than 56,000 trees this past spring, achieving Ausable Bayfield Conservation’s highest spring total in ten years. Local landowners will be helping to build on that succes

Bob Down donates to bridge

Another generous community member has made a platinum-level donation to Jones Bridge, a new pedestrian bridge to be built on the South Huron Trail. Bob Down, of the Exeter area, is the latest person to make a donation at this level to help make the commun

Golf tourney raises $6,000

The South Huron Trail Fundraiser Golf Tournament on August 27, 2018 raised more than $6,000 towards a new pedestrian trail bridge on the South Huron Trail.

Jr. Conservationist Column

Ellen Glavin, University of Guelph student from Mt. Carmel area, learned about plants, animals working on wetlands, other conservation projects.

Turtle release event August 30

The Third Annual Turtle Hatchling Release turtle information event takes place at Morrison Dam Conservation Area, 2 km east of Exeter, at 71108 Morrison Line, south of Highway 83, on Thursday, August 30, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Third Annual Turtle Release

You are invited to the Third Annual Turtle Release Event on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (Morrison Lake) at 71108 Morrison Line, 2 km east of Exeter, south of Highway 83.

Morrison Dam is 60

Sixty years ago, local partners created Morrison Dam and Morrison Dam Reservoir (Morrison Lake) east of Exeter. Morrison Reservoir is one of the only inland lakes in the area.

Lions donate $15,000 to bridge

The Exeter Lions Club has donated $15,000 to the campaign to make the community safer and more active with a new pedestrian trail bridge on the South Huron Trail. The Exeter Lions Club commitment has helped the campaign to build Jones Bridge to surpass $2

Grants for Ausable landowners

Landowners in the Ausable River Watershed now have a new opportunity to improve local habitat thanks to 2018-2019 funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

New rain garden in Hensall

About 50 students from Bluewater Coast Elementary in Hensall planted approximately 450 plants at a rain garden at Thompsons Limited in Hensall on Friday, June 15, 2018. This garden will protect and improve water quality by capturing runoff from surroundin

Generous bridge donors

The Pedestrian Trail Bridge Community Working Group held a brief ceremony on June 5, 2018 to honour the early Platinum and Gold level donors who have kick-started the community project to build Jones Bridge on the South Huron Trail.

56,000 trees planted

Tree planters at Ausable Bayfield Conservation have planted more than 56,000 trees in the spring of 2018. This is the highest single-year total for spring tree plantings by staff in the watershed in the past ten years.


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