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 - .to help protect soil, water, and living things.
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Best wishes of the season to you

We thank you for all your work to keep watershed communities healthy and look forward to working with you in 2013

The work that has been done to protect soil, water, and living things in Ausable Bayfield watersheds has only been possible with efforts of people like you. It is deeply appreciated by all of us here at Ausable Bayfield Conservation. May you have all the blessings of the season and we send our wishes for a happy, healthy new year to you and your loved ones.

MP Ben Lobb announces Government of Canada investment in job skills for youth

Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb visits ABCA to announce Career Focus funding
Government of Canada invests to help recent graduates get jobs and job skills

An employee of Ausable Bayfield Conservation underlined the positive impact of Service Canada's Career Focus program on youth when he described how the program helped him enter the workforce. Rob Carnegie has now been working for Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) for almost two years as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Assistant. He learned the skills needed for his job thanks to the Career Focus program.
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Consider nominating someone you know - or a community group, business, or organization - as Conservationist of the Year

Call for nominations for Conservationist of the Year Award

Nominate a neighbour or community group today: It may be your neighbour. It may be a group or company in your community. Someone may be helping to protect the quality or quantity of your local water, or planting trees, or doing a runoff and erosion control project, or finding other ways to keep your lake, rivers, streams, soil, and living things healthy. You can say thank you by filling out a nomination form for an annual conservation award. Nominations are accepted until January 31, 2013.
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Rural Stormwater Management Model Project installs five new water monitoring stations.

Rural Stormwater Management Model project installs new water monitoring stations
New stations, selection of project team part of work in year one

Five new water monitoring stations are now in place in rural Lake Huron communities as part of a project to limit stormwater impact from heavy rainfall.
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Family Day WinterFest is back for year three

WinterFest back for Family Day on February 18

Family Day WinterFest returns for Year Three: Winter doesn’t officially arrive until December each year but volunteers have already been at work for weeks preparing for Family Day WinterFest South Huron to be held on the Family Day Holiday Monday on February 18, 2013.
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Trees Ontario tour visits Ausable Bayfield watersheds for first time

Trees Ontario tour comes to Ausable Bayfield watersheds for first time

Tree planters share strategies: Thirty-five tree-planting practitioners from across southwestern Ontario visited the Ausable Bayfield watershed on Tuesday, November 20 for a tour of tree-planting projects and to look at past and present tree-planting strategies.
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Conservation Dinner voucher for ticket would make a great gift - and help environment and youth too

Conservation Dinner ticket voucher great gift idea
 Exeter Lions Club, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, Conservation Dinner Committee hard at work to try and match last year's record-breaking success in support of accessible trails, recreation and education for children, commemorative woods and more

The committee behind the charitable Conservation Dinner and auction is offering people a chance to give a special Christmas-season gift that benefits children and local communities. Exeter Lions Club President Bruce Hodge said buying a gift certificate voucher for a Conservation Dinner ticket would be a great gift for anyone. He said buying a ticket voucher as a present also supports accessible trails for environmental health and human health, conservation education and recreation opportunities for young people and the young-at-heart, and commemorative woods that improve forest conditions and remember loved ones, among other important local conservation work that could not happen without the kind of public generosity that has helped the Conservation Dinner become a community success story.
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Students can share their view of protecting soil, water, and living things through student writing contest

Watershed Tales student writing contest returns

Calling all student writers: Do you know a young person who would like to write and who cares about their local environment? Young people in Ausable Bayfield watershed schools are invited to write about protecting soil, water, and living things as part of the third Watersehd Tales Student Writing Contest. Submissions will be accepted until January 31, 2013. For submission form visit:
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