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Commemorative Woods

About Commemorative Woods

In 1988, Ausable Bayfield Conservation established commemorative woods in several communities throughout the watershed, to provide a place for loved ones and events to be remembered by planting native trees.  

There are six areas for family and friends to plant trees as living memorials:

  • Clinton Conservation Area – Clinton
  • Klondyke Commemorative Woods – Grand Bend 
  • Klopp Tract Commemorative Woods – between Zurich and Hensall
  • Morrison Dam Conservation Area – east of Exeter
  • Parkhill Conservation Area – Parkhill
  • Rock Glen Conservation Area – Arkona

A sign designates the site and memorial plaques are placed on a signboard for specific donation levels. Plaques are also placed at trees upon request. 

The funds raised contribute to the signage, tree, planting and perpetual care of the area. 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is entrusted with maintaining the areas.

Donors can choose from native species of trees such as Sugar Maple; Red Maple; Oak; Pine; Black Cherry; Spruce; Beech; Basswood; Sycamore; and Carolinian species that would do well in the specific area. 

$200 Donation

With a $200 donation, a tree with a minimum one-inch diameter is planted (or sponsored), and the memorial name is mounted on a signboard at the Commemorative Woods site of your choice.

$750 Donation

With a $750 donation, a tree with a minimum one-inch diameter is planted with a 4 x 6 inch bronze plaque mounted beside the tree on a metal stake.

A registry book of all memorial donations to the Commemorative Woods is on display at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Administration Centre east of Exeter.  

Additionally, a letter acknowledging your donation is sent to the memorial’s family.

Trees planted or sponsored can be chosen from a number of native tree species including: Sugar Maple; Red Maple; Oak, Pine; Black Cherry; Beech; Sycamore; Spruce; and Tulip Tree.  

Staff at ABCA are entrusted with planting and caring for the memorial forest trees.  

Trees are typically planted in the spring when the survival rate is highest.

Each year, a Tree Dedication Service is held on the third Sunday of September at 2:00 p.m. at Morrison Dam Conservation Area. This event is held in partnership with Haskett Funeral Homes. Families and friends are invited to this outdoor service, followed by a casual reception under the White Pines.

Woodland Reflection Shelter

The Woodland Reflection Shelter at Morrison Dam Conservation Area, east of Exeter, is a place where one can remember loved ones who are gone, loved ones who are with us, and reflect on nature and pause during a visit to the South Huron Trail. 

There is a seating area for visitors who wish to spend some time in the tranquil surroundings.

The Woodland Reflection Shelter features a special Oak-tree-inspired wall to recognize donors and to commemorate loved-ones on individual Oak-leaf plaques. 

Donations cover the cost of the plaques and perpetual maintenance of the area.

The metal tree sculpture and leaves were designed and were produced by local secondary school students. 

Thanks to the volunteers, donors, generous local businesses, and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation supporters who made this dream a reality. 

Download the brochure, about the Woodland Reflection Shelter, now to find out about how the community made this project happen – and enjoy the Woodland Reflection Shelter today!

How to donate:

Donations can be made at a funeral home, or by mail, phone, e-transfer, or at the office:

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation
71108 Morrison Line, RR #3 Exeter ON  
N0M 1S5
519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610