About the SWCR Feature

Our goals

Why Was The CR Established? Ontario established the St Williams Conservation Reserve so that: ‘…these tracts will be a flourishing example of extraordinary biological diversity representing their pre-European settlement natural legacy of ecological communities while protecting their unique cultural heritage and providing opportunities for compatible public land uses.’ — SWCR Management Plan 2007 – 2057 […]

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2017 St Williams Conservation Reserve Survey

Our 2017 St Williams Conservation Reserve Survey is now closed. Thanks to the ~600 people who completed the survey! Your input is being considered in the preparation of The CR’s 10-year Operations Plan for 2019-2028. We will be happy to share the survey insights with you once our analysis and report are completed in January 2018.

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Operations Plan

Operations Plan 2009-2018 The first Operations Plan for 2009-2018 defined the St Williams Conservation Reserve Community Council’s priorities and activities needed to meet the five management objectives. Natural Heritage Protection & Restoration 2009-2018 The Community Council’s focus on Natural Heritage during the first operational plan period included: About half of the pine plantations areas have […]

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Conservation Actions

The vision for the Reserve is to restore the native ecosystems that existed here more than 200 years ago. We actively manage the ecological communities on the reserve to achieve this goal. All of our practices are based on sound research, expert consultation, and the best management practices available. Click on the management activities below […]

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Hunting at SWCR

Hunting is permitted in most parts of the SWCR, according to provincial and federal policy and legislation. All visitors are required to obey posted signs. Always be aware that many other people are using the SWCR. Please review and follow the ‘Code of Conduct for SWCR Users’. Be seen, be safe: wearing hunter orange increases […]

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Permitted Activities

Outdoor recreational activities are allowed as long as they do not pose a risk to the sustainability of the Conservation Reserve. The St. Williams Conservation Reserve asks that recreational users follow the Code of Conduct at all times while on the property: General Rules for all Users Expect and respect other trail users Leave the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]