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Stewardship Volunteers- A Big Thank You

April 7-13 2019 is National Volunteer Week in Canada and here at the St Williams Conservation Reserve we wish to send out a huge thank you to the numerous stewardship volunteers that come out to the reserve throughout the year to help with the tasks that allow us to maintain the CR and improve Species […]

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A Holiday Gift That Will Keep On Giving

St. Williams Conservation Reserve received a generous donation from the prestigious Burning Kiln Winery as a result of their successful Hometown for the Holidays sale last month. The organizers of the craft sale collected donations from shoppers and presented the proceeds to the CR in early January. The St. William’s Conservation Reserve is a nonprofit […]

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What Are Species At Risk And How Can You Help Protect Them?

Species At Risk (SAR) are plants and animals in Canada that are protected by law due to their being extirpated, endangered, threatened, or of special concern. The official Species at Risk in Ontario list can be found online at www.ontario.ca. Currently there are more than 200 species that are at risk of disappearing from Ontario. […]

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What Does The St. Williams Conservation Reserve Community Council Do?

Throughout the year the St Williams Community Council is involved in a wide variety of activities in the CR. The council meets monthly to discuss the needs of the CR and twice a year a meeting with the MNRF is held. Most of the work the SWCCR does is invisible to the public, yet the […]

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A Brief History Of The St. Williams Conservation Reserve

Nestled deep in the heart of Southern Ontario, the St. Williams Conservation Reserve is 1085 hectares of reclaimed Carolinian forest. In the early 1900’s the settlers had cut down the original forest for timber and the light sandy soil had begun to erode without the tree roots and forest floor holding it in place. The […]

Photo by Cynthia Brink
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We don’t want your weeds!

It’s that time of year again when some people will be looking for somewhere to dispose of your garden green waste. Unfortunately, disposing of garden waste along the roadside near a natural area is one of the main ways that invasive plants are dispersed and spread. Invasive plants create a heap of problems when then […]

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Opportunities for Public Input for 2019-2028 Operations Plan

We have identified three opportunities for the public, CR users and other stakeholders to provide input on the 2019-2028 Operations Plan. Public Survey is complete – the results of this online survey will allow us to gauge public perception of whether we are achieving the management goals and objectives of the CR.   Results to […]

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Code of Conduct for St. Williams Conservation Reserve

These guidelines have been adapted from the Ontario Trails Council’s user guidelines for shared-use trails and various county and regional codes of conduct for forest users. General Rules for all SWCR Users Expect and respect other trail users Leave the wildlife for others to enjoy. Do not stress, harass, or chase wildlife. Stay on authorized […]

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What Do I Need to Know about Trail Density and Human Usage?

While we’re delighted that individuals and groups are out on trails and experiencing nature’s peace and beauty, the fact is, whether we walk, mountain bike, horseback ride, dirt bike, or ATV, there is an impact on the forest’s vegetation and wildlife. MNRF View It’s important for you to know that based on available research, MNRF […]