The Essex Region Conservation Foundation (ERCF) was established in 1977 to receive and maintain funds for charitable, educational, conservation and heritage purposes related directly or indirectly to the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural and heritage resources in the Essex Region. The funds we raise are critical to ensuring that the Windsor-Essex County-Pelee Island region remains the Place for Life.
Become a Partner in Sustainability!
Gifts of Conservation
Plant a tree
To honour a loved one and create a greener community, have a tree planted. The gift recipient will receive a tree-shaped ornament.
To create awareness and raise funds to enhance our natural environment for healthy living and economic vibrancy in the Essex region.
To achieve a sustainable environment with healthy watersheds highlighted by clean creeks, rivers and Great Lakes, thriving natural areas, productive agricultural lands and vibrant places.
- Protect and restore our environment
- Support education in the environment
- Connect the region through trails
- Preserve our heritage
- Build a strong Foundation
Our charitable registration number is 118902162RR0001.
The Place for Life
Essex Region Conservation Foundation is presently raising $1 million dollars to support four pillars which make our region the Place for Life:
- Connecting our community by trails
- Greening our region
- Inspiring future generations through outdoor education
- Preserving our heritage.
Learn more about how you can become more involved in the Place for Life.
In 2015, the Foundation achieved prestigious accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standards Program for Charitable and Non-Profit Organizations. Meeting these highest standards will inspire confidence among our donors and partners. Imagine Canada is a national umbrella organization that establishes operating and governance guidelines for charities and non-profits that demonstrate excellence in board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer management.
The Foundation is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and adheres to the AFP Code of Conduct.
Full STEAM Ahead!
YES – I want to help to help create a new interactive educational experience to ensure stories of our past are protected for the future!
CSG Greenway Entrance
The beautiful Cypher Systems Group Greenway connects Essex to Amherstburg and intersects with the existing Chrysler Canada Greenway, allowing our entire community to be connected by trails.
Now that this wonderful trail system is open for public use, we need your help to create parking locations for trail users to access the Cypher Systems Group Greenway.
This multi-use trail cannot be opened for equestrian use until an entrance that can accommodate horse trailers is built. Your donation can help get us one step closer to creating this community entrance.
Holiday Beach Conservation Area - Trail Project
Holiday Beach Conservation Area – Trail Project
The Essex Region Conservation Authority is grateful to the Amherstburg Community Foundation for their commitment to supporting the creation of a new single track cycling/walking trail adjacent to Holiday Beach Conservation Area. The first step in this proposal included bringing together members the single-track/off road biking community in to engage them discussions on creating, planning, designing and ultimately helping to construct and maintain the facility. The trail and site features are expected to evolve and change over time with the ongoing support from trail users. The new cycling facility provides an additional tourist attraction in Amherstburg, enhancing Holiday Beach as a destination along County Road 50, which is part of the County Wide Active Transportation System (CWATS). Many of these cyclists would likely continue along the CWATS trails to Explore the Shore, enjoy local wineries, bed and breakfasts, and other attractions en route.
A constructed wetland will provide significant habitat values, improve water quality and help to combat climate change, and the excavated materials used to create topography along the trail, which traverses through diverse landscapes and interesting features.
Project goals and objectives:
Public interest in cycling as a form of recreation and healthy living is continuing to grow. Investments in cycling infrastructure in the Essex Region have exploded in the past few years. The Holiday Beach Trail proposal has a value-added proposition which includes environmental restorations and enhancements. In a region where merely 8.5% of our land base is in a natural state, while 12% is declared the minimum standard for sustainability, the importance of wetland creation and greening efforts included in this proposal are important to improve habitat values in our region, expand natural areas coverage, improve air and water quality and combat climate change by meeting the following goals and objectives:
- Create an off-road, single track cycling facility adjacent to Holiday Beach Conservation Area in Amherstburg.
- Create a restored wetland to enhance water quality, combat flooding and climate change, and improve water quality.
- Undertake greening and restoration along the trail.
The first outreach meeting for this trail took place on September 19, with great interest and excitement from cyclists. Preliminary siting of the route indicates that up to 10 km of cycling trail could be creating with interesting turns and topography. The Amherstburg Community Foundation continues to raise funds for this exciting project. To donate to this project, please visit: https://www.amherstburgfoundation.org/community-initiatives