The Essex Region Conservation Authority and Essex Region Conservation Foundation are working together to make Windsor-Essex- Pelee Island region a better place – for life. Our successes are equally staggering:
Trees have been planted to increase green space.
Acres of forest, tall grass prairie, and wetlands have been restored
Acres of significant natural area have been protected for future generations including 19 Conservation Areas providing opportunities to visit and experience wetlands, heritage sites, old growth forests first hand
Kilometres of greenway trails have been acquired and developed to connect natural areas, promote healthy and active lifestyles, and link people to the landscapes around them.
Projects to improve water quality have been implemented.
Metres of shoreline improved, protected and enhanced for fish habitat
Homes have been protected from flooding and erosion
Students have been educated through outdoor education programs about the importance of preserving our heritage and conserving our environment.
Households that get their drinking water from Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and Detroit River (90% of residents of Essex Region) are protected from Significant Drinking Water threats
We shall not cease from exploration.
And at the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
– T.S. Elliot
Every one of these successes brings us closer to a region that is the Place for Life. The Place for Life has connected natural areas, and protects people from flooding and erosion. The Place for Life has healthy rivers and streams, beaches you can swim in and lakes you can fish in. The Place for Life has greenways and linked trails. The Place for Life has productive agricultural lands which implement best management practices. The Place for Life can adapt to changing climates and supports green infrastructure. It is sustainable and resilient to change. The Place for Life is a place you can call home.
Creating the Place for Life is not our work alone; this is what we do together with you, our neighbours, our municipalities, our university and research partners, our donors, and the many agencies and organizations we partner with.
Collectively, we are making a difference, but we need to increase the scope and intensity of our joint efforts. We are creating a place we can be proud of and celebrate – one we can call home. For life.