About the SWCR

The Community Council

The Saint Williams Conservation Reserve Community Council is a diverse and committed group of volunteer board members. Our members bring a range of skills, experience and perspectives to the Council, and meet regularly to attend to the governance, management and strategic direction of the Reserve and Council. Council committees include Trails and Recreation, Vegetation Management […]

Species at Risk

American Chestnut

American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) Status in Canada: Endangered Status in Ontario: Endangered Status at SWCR: Common The American Chestnut was formerly one of the dominant tree species in many forests in southern Ontario but this imposing tree is all but gone due to a disease called the Chestnut Blight. Quick Facts: It used to grow up […]

Species at Risk

Eastern Flowering Dogwood

Eastern Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) Status in Canada: Endangered Status in Ontario: Endangered Status at SWCR: Occasional and Rare at both tracts Eastern Flowering Dogwood is a small understory tree that produces clusters of showy white flowers in spring. Quick Facts: It occurs only in the Carolinian Forest Zone of southwestern Ontario. Because of their flowers, […]

About the SWCR

Contact Us

Contact the Community Council: Learn more about volunteering with the Community Council: info@swcr.ca St. Williams Conservation Reserve Community Council P.O. Box 472, Port Rowan, ON N0E 1M0 Learn more about the rules and regulations for the Conservation Reserve: Ministry of Natural Resources Aylmer District,  615 John Street North, Aylmer, ON N5H 2S8 519-773-9241 To report […]

About the SWCR Recreation

Recreation

We are proud of our efforts at sustainability within the reserve, and are glad to share them with the local community and area visitors. Please respect the Reserve’s fragile ecosystems by following the code of conduct at all times when at the reserve. Activities that are compatible with restoration activities within the reserve are allowed. […]

About the SWCR

Conservation

The St. Williams Conservation Reserve is strategically located in the middle of the Carolinian eco-region in southwestern Ontario. The Carolinian region makes up less than 1% of Canada’s total land area but boasts a greater number of both flora and fauna species than any other ecoregion in Canada. It is also the most threatened ecological […]

About the SWCR

About the CR

The St. Williams Conservation Reserve includes 1035 hectares of Crown land in Norfolk County, Ontario.  The Reserve is made up of two separate sites: the Nursery Tract and the Turkey Point Tract.  These two tracts are also designated as the J. E. Zavitz Forest and the J. H. White Forest, respectively, in recognition of the […]

Species at Risk

Acadian Flycatcher

Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens) Status in Canada: Endangered Status in Ontario: Endangered Status at SWCR: Rare breeding bird The Acadian Flycatcher is a small migratory songbird. In Canada, it breeds mostly in the Carolinian Forest Zone in southwestern Ontario. Quick Facts: It is a rare breeding bird in Canada but has nested at both the Nursery […]