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Get Involved - From the Conservation Strategy:

People from the watershed community provided lots of ideas, in the Conservation Strategy. about how people can help improve their watershed.

Contact us about ways you can get involved in the protection of soil, water, and living things.

Phone us to find out about other opportunities. Contact our staff through staff contacts list.

Local people are capturing greenhouse gases by ‘calculating, donating, planting’ with Carbon Footprints to Forests program
When you travel by automobile or plane or power your home you create carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases but when you calculate, donate at footprintstoforests.com you can capture those greenhouse gases by having trees planted locally, permanently

Local conservation authorities have planted thousands of trees and captured hundreds of tonnes of greenhouse gases, since 2014, thanks to donations to the Carbon Footprints to Forests program.

Footprints to Forests gives people and community groups a local way to compensate for their personal carbon footprint. Every three trees planted capture about one tonne of greenhouse gases (such as carbon dioxide) in their lifetimes. This program is a way for people to respond to a global issue with local action.

If you would like to know how much carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases (GHGs) you produce through home energy use and travel by automobile and/or plane, you can try the free, easy-to-use carbon calculator at footprintstoforests.com. You can then choose to donate all or part of your carbon footprint. Trees will be planted locally and permanently to capture the equivalent of that carbon.

People or groups holding meetings can counter-balance (offset or compensate for) the carbon footprint of automobile travel to a meeting by planting trees through footprintstoforests.com. They can simply use the ‘one-time event’ drop-down choice in the website’s carbon calculator.

The conservation authorities also invite corporations to consider ways they can reduce and/or counter-balance their carbon footprint. They are invited to call their local conservation authority to find out how.

The Carbon Footprints to Forests program was first launched in 2014. It was created with support from the County of Huron and it has been run by the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield conservation authorities.
In the Ausable Bayfield watershed the trees are planted at the 40-hectare Triebner Tract between Dashwood and Exeter. It is part of the provincially significant Hay Swamp Wetlands Complex.

Your carbon footprint is the greenhouse gas emissions released by typical aspects of your day-to-day life. If you use a car or truck or other vehicle, or use energy to heat and run your home, this puts more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the air. Trees help to absorb these greenhouse gases. The planting of these trees for the long term reduces the impacts of climate change on the planet and your local area. Trees also provide other benefits such as habitat for diverse species and improved air and water quality.

The website’s easy-to-use carbon calculator tells you how many tonnes of greenhouse gases are produced by your vehicle and home energy use (and air travel, if you travel by air). The calculator also tells you how much it would cost to balance the impacts of these activities. The site also tells you how many trees will be planted by your local conservation authority thanks to your donation.

Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases add to average temperatures but trees can help to reduce the impacts of extreme weather and climate change and help us adapt to the weather changes we are experiencing.

As trees grow, they remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and provide shade and cooling effects when it’s hot out and limit the impact of snow and wind during the wintertime. This helps us to adapt to extreme weather events and a changing climate.

To learn more, visit footprintstoforests.com or call Ausable Bayfield Conservation at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

You are invited to ‘show your lake some love’ with photos of how you protect Lake Huron 
Enter photo contest for chance to win Great Lakes prizes in celebration of Love Your Greats Day

A day to celebrate our Great Lakes, called Love Your Greats, takes place on the second Saturday of every August, and promotes education and local action to protect our Great Lakes. This year, Ausable Bayfield Conservation would like to see that action and invites the community to share their actions in the form of a photo contest.

“Throughout the watershed, homeowners, farmers, businesses, community groups and other organizations have been working to protect Lake Huron, and it is important to recognize and celebrate these efforts,” said Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds Specialist with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “The hope is that you will share with us your photos illustrating what you do to protect Lake Huron.”

The photos of what you do to protect Lake Huron might include, but are not limited to, photos showing rain barrels, rain gardens, wetlands, natural areas, trees, permeable pavement, cover crops, minimum or no-till fields, berms, grassed waterways, buffers, exclusion fencing, or beach cleanups. “If your photo has a story to tell, we encourage you to share that as well,” said Brock. “No matter how large or small, we are interested in seeing all the actions you take to protect Lake Huron.” Often, when people share what they have done on their own properties, it inspires others to take positive actions as well, she said.  

You may submit your photo to the contest simply by posting a photo showing what you or your family does to protect Lake Huron by replying to the Love Your Greats photo contest post on the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Facebook page, or Twitter feed, with the hashtag #LYGLakeHuron. Or, you may send your photo, by email, with #LYGLakeHuron Photo Contest in the subject of the email, to info@abca.ca. By using the #LYGLakeHuron hashtag you are agreeing to the rules of the contest. The watershed Twitter feed is at: https://twitter.com/LandWaterNews and the watershed Facebook page is at: https://www.facebook.com/WaterSoilLivingThings/

Three winners of the photo contest will be drawn at random and will receive a Love Your Greats or Great Lakes T-shirt, hat, or similar prize. For more information visit abca.ca or contact Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds Technician, at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, by phone at 519-235-2610, extension 246, or toll-free at 1-888-286-2610.

To learn more about the Love Your Greats initiative, visit loveyourgreats.com. Visit lakehuroncommunityaction.ca to see what actions are being taken around the Lake Huron basin.