We appreciate your interest in the work of landowners and other partners, like you, who are creating healthier Ausable Bayfield watersheds. This newsletter is to let you know about opportunities for stewardship funding and technical support, programs, events, policies, community news, the work of Ausable Bayfield Conservation and its partners, and ways you can help safeguard water quality and forest conditions in your community.

Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy formed

Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy created to acquire, protect lands for nature preservation in historic Ontario area

Huron Tract Land Trust ConservancyA new charitable organization has been created to acquire and permanently protect lands for nature preservation throughout the area of the historic Huron Tract. Land trusts are charities which accept donations or bequests of land to help conserve land through ownership or through conservation agreements with property owners. Land trusts are committed to protecting those lands and properties permanently. For information on land trusts visit or visit:

The Board of Directors for the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy has now been announced. The land trust’s first Chairman is Roger Lewington, of Bayfield. The board also includes: Steve Boles, of Exeter; Steve Bowers, of Brussels; Don Farwell, of Stratford; David Kemp, of Staffa; Tom McLaughlin, of Lucan; Burkhard Metzger, of Clinton; Peter Twynstra, of Ailsa Craig; and Philip Walden, of Thedford.  

Forty people attend Friends of South Huron Trail Super-Natural Hike

More than 40 people attended the second annual Spirit Trail Super-Natural Hike on Thursday, October 27 at the MacNaughton-Morrison Section of the South Huron Trail, hosted by the Friends of the South Huron Trail. For more information click on this link:

ABCA seeks Resource Technician

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) seeks a Resource Technician for a 12-month contract assisting ABCA staff with projects relating to water quality and quantity monitoring, watershed studies, and private land stewardship projects.For more information click on this link:

One-time-only, one-of-kind art auction with a twist takes place November 24

Art collectors invited to donate art; Art auction supports Woodland Reflection Shelter pavilion
“The Woodland Reflection Shelter will be located along the South Huron Trail and it will be a special place to experience nature and remember loved ones,” said Ernie Miatello, Chairman of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation Board of Directors. “The ‘Collector to Collector’ Woodland Reflection Art Auction will be a unique opportunity for the community to support this worthwhile project and have the chance to acquire fine art donated from the collections of generous local donors.” The art auction event will include a live auction, silent auction, special ‘buy-now’ feature pieces, one complimentary drink ticket, and Hors d’oeuvres as well as a cash bar.Tickets are $5. in advance or $10 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.  Live auction starts at 8 p.m.The event takes place at Ironwood Golf Club on Thursday, November 24. For more information visit this link: 

Watershed Tales writing competition returns for second year

Fourteen local students were recognized for their winning submissions in the first Watershed Tales writing contest. The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has announced the student environmental writing competition is back for a second year. Students from Ausable Bayfield watershed schools, with an interest in writing and an interest in their local environment, now can submit poems, short stories or essays for the competition until November 30, 2011. All watershed schools are eligible. For map of watershed boundaries, contest rules, submission form, and more information, visit: Last year’s winning entries were published on a website at: For contest submission form visit:

Community Conservation Strategy team to review final draft of strategy

The Conservation Strategy Development Team met from September 2010 to September of 2011. Members of the team will be reviewing the final draft of the document they created over the coming month or so and after final review it will then be forwarded to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Board of Directors for consideration. Congratulations on the productive year of work by this group of dedicated community volunteers - with 34 different people from the watershed community having taken part. The final document may be approved (pending), printed and released in time for the annual Conservation Awards evening held on March 15, 2012. For more information on the work of this community team visit: The Conservationist of the Year Award winner is named at the March event. Nominations forms will be posted at

Friends of South Huron Trail host annual meeting and breakfast

The community group devoted to maintaining the South Huron Trail is holding its annual meeting and breakfast on Friday, November 4, 2011, at 9 a.m., at Huron Family Restaurant, Exeter, 134 Main Street South.

Low Water Advisory

Popularity of Owl Prowl prompts organizers to give public two chances to attend

The incredible interest that the Owl Prowl event generates on Saturday nights in the past, has prompted Ausable Bayfield Conservation to host the annual Owl Prowl on two separate dates this year.  The same program will be delivered on both nights, Friday November 4 and Saturday, November 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Administration Centre workshop, two kilometres east of Exeter 71108 Morrison Line. Admission is free but donations are welcome and will support ABCA conservation education programs. Following the hike, there will be hot chocolate and a fire will be lit in an outdoor fireplace. Participants are asked to bring their own mugs to cut down on waste create from using disposable cups. For more information call 519-235-2610 or 1-888-286-2610 or visit:
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