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

Special guest host Doug Brooks at charity auction and dinnerConservation Dinner raises more than $45,000 for local projects

The Exeter Lions Club, community volunteers, donors and patrons join forces with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and ABCA each year in successful community partnership
The Exeter Lions Club, community volunteers, and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (along with ABCA) organize the annual Conservation Dinner and auction each year through a volunteer dinner committee. This was the 23rd Conservation Dinner and a sold-out crowd of 410 patrons, donors, and volunteers raised more than $45,000 at this year’s event for conservation efforts of the Exeter Lions and Ausable Bayfield Conservation. The money raised will support conservation education for children, several accessible trail projects, a family-friendly fishing derby and fish stocking of Morrison Reservoir, and Commemorative Woods. For more information visit:


Map of Ausable Bayfield municipalities for student award

Conservation Foundation offers $1,000 student award for third time

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation has announced it will present a Student Environmental Award of $1,000, for the third straight year, to a local student towards their post-secondary studies in a field related to the environment or conservation. For more information visit: or download form at:

Watershed Tales winners 2012

Student environmental writers recognized

Students write about protecting watersheds and wetlands: Ausable Bayfield Conservation presented its second Watershed Tales student conservation writing awards on Earth Week. For more information visit 
Community Conservation Strategy for Ausable Bayfield

Conservation Strategy available online

See the results of a year of work from your community representatives: Thirty-four people from your watershed community wrote a strategy for how to create healthier watersheds and healthier people through protecting of soil, water, and living things. The result of their one year of work is available online at: Hard copies are also available. Let us know if you would like a copy sent to you. This document offers practical strategies for individuals, communities, and organizations. It also provides a new mission, vision, motto/tagline, and model for how to create a Healthy Watershed Community. Phone 519-235-2610 or 1-888-286-2610 or e-mail for information.
Mapping project for water quality

Last chance to support local water quality project

Voting ends at end of April for Ausable Bayfield base mapping project through Shell FuellingChange
Voting ends April 30 for the Ausable Bayfield base mapping water quality project through Shell FuellingChange. If you act now you can get 50 bonus points. Until Sunday, April 29, 2012, enter the following Bonus Code to receive 50 Bonus Votes for FuellingChange: Gbh-7m79z2  Visit to vote for this local conservation project. There are only a few days left and your support is needed if this project is to remain in the top eight to receive additional funding support. Vote now!  

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Website

ABCA to upgrade website

Ausable Bayfield Conservation regularly makes improvements to its website to make it easier for you to use. ABCA is starting a special project this year to concentrate on improvements. This way you should be able to more easily reach the programs and services that interest you. Let us know what you would like to see. Do you like drop-down menus or not? Do you like page lists at the bottom of the home page? When you are looking for something on our site for what are you searching? Permits? Hunting form? Tree order form? Owl Prowl? Watershed Report Cards? What would make it easier to find the items that interest you? Do you like the news feature on the home page? For more information contact Tim at or visit:
Earth Week Tree Planting in Clinton, Ontario

Clinton-area school students plant trees for Earth Week

Students from Clinton-area schools helped with a tree planting project this Earth Week. The students helped Ausable Bayfield Conservation staff plant hundreds of trees behind St. Joseph's School in Clinton to rehabilitate the wetland. Ausable Bayfield Conservation also presented awards for student writing about protecting soil, water, and living things. Also this Earth Week, Ausable Bayfield Conservation and local students will be planting trees at Crediton Conservation Area and Clinton Conservation Area.

Annual Report for download

Annual Report available online

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Annual Report for 2011 is now available online. The fairly large file can be downloaded from:
Summer Nature Day Camps

Call for children interested in Summer Nature Day Camps

Spread the word about this exciting outdoor learning opportunity: If you are a parent or guardian, let us know by May 25 if you are interested in enrolling a child aged 5-10 in Summer Nature Day Camps. Tell your friends and neighbours about this opportunity for effective, fun and positive hands-on outdoor learning experiences for children. Day camps will be run at Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter if enough children are enrolled. For more information e-mail or phone Denise at 519-235-2610 or 1-888-286-2610.
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