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Best wishes of the season
to you and your loved ones

From all of us here at Ausable Bayfield Conservation, to you and your family and friends, we wish you all the best for a the holiday season and we wish you a healthy, prosperous, Happy New Year.

We thank you for all you have done to benefit water quality, soil health, and habitat for living things in your watershed community.

Office closes at noon on Christmas Eve; reopens January 2, 2020

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) office closes at noon on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 (Christmas Eve) and the office reopens on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

For this, and other notices of service disruptions, please visit our website ( and this web page: 
This is our sixteenth newsletter of 2019! This is, by far, the most newsletters we have issued in a single year since we started preparing electronic newsletters in 2011. This just shows how much good work landowners, residents, community organizations, and other community partners are doing in the watershed. Well done. Thank you for subscribing!

Local schools now have more time to apply for Watershed Champions grants for projects to protect water, soil, habitat

Ausable Bayfield Conservation extends grant application deadline to Friday, January 17, 2020 for Watershed Champions Grants for watershed schools

Local schools can help their community with the help of Watershed Champions grants. Ausable Bayfield Conservation has extended the grant application deadline to Friday, January 17, 2020. The grants are for local schools to complete projects that improve surface and groundwater quality, forest cover, and overall watershed health. Projects may also include a public education event or activity. The local conservation authority offers four grants of up to $500 each. 

The 2019-2020 school year is the third year of the grant program. An application form and guidelines are available online at You may email completed applications to by Friday, January 17, 2020. 

“We want to make sure our local watershed schools have the chance to apply for this program so we’re extending the application deadline into January,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation Educator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “Local schools have done great projects the previous two years and we want to build on that success in 2020.”

Past Watershed Champions include: Precious Blood Catholic School, Exeter; Stephen Central Public School, Crediton; East Williams Memorial Public School, Ailsa Craig; and Wilberforce Public School, Lucan.

To view videos of past school projects visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation YouTube channel at this link: These Ausable Bayfield watershed schools are eligible to take part in the contest: Huron Centennial; Seaforth; St. Columban; St. James; St. Patrick’s (Dublin); Bluewater Coast; St. Boniface; Wilberforce; Grand Bend; Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Central Huron Secondary School; Clinton; Huron Christian; St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School; St. Joseph’s (Clinton); Adelaide W.G MacDonald; Bosanquet Central; East Williams; Exeter Elementary; Precious Blood; South Huron District High School; McGillivray Central; North Middlesex District Secondary School; Parkhill West Williams; Sacred Heart; and Stephen Central.

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Give green gifts

Give gift to nature as alternative

Are you struggling to find gift ideas for that someone special this holiday season? A present doesn’t have to have wrapping paper, bows, and ribbons to be a gift. A local charity asks you to consider some ‘green’ gifts this year.

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) offers a number of ideas ranging from donations in the name of someone towards your favourite nature trail, tree planting to green the watershed, education programs for youth, the South Huron Trail Mobile making nature accessible, or tickets to a fun-filled evening at the Conservation Dinner. Other ideas include snowshoe rentals or purchasing trees for someone to plant on their property – that’s a “gift that keeps on giving.”

“When you buy a ‘green’ gift, it’s something special and makes a difference in the health of your community,” said Judith Parker, ABCF Secretary. “These alternative gifts include outdoor experiences, benefit the local environment, and support healthy living. Also, all donations over $20 receive a charitable gift receipt for income tax purposes.”

To find out more about giving a gift to nature, visit online or visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation office at 71108 Morrison Line, Exeter or call 519-235-2610; toll free 1-888-286-2610.

For the 'Donate' page visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation website at this link:
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Family Day WinterFest South Huron on Holiday Monday, February 17, 2020

Family Day WinterFest South Huron, a one-day winter festival, in Exeter and area, is on Holiday Monday, February 17, 2020.

To learn more visit

Ausable Bayfield Conservation and the Friends of the South Huron Trail have been proud partners of this community event since 2011. Volunteers host a free family snowshoeing event among many other activities.

Thousands of people have attended Family Day WinterFest South Huron since the first multi-partner, family-friendly event was held in 2011. The events build upon the popular annual tradition of the Exeter Lions Club Family Day Breakfast, first held in 2010.
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