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  • Conservation Dinner
  • Woodland Reflection Shelter pavilion
  • Commemorative Woods
  • Conservation Dinner
  • Morrison Dam Fishing Derby
  • Sylvan Conservation Education Fund
  • NEW! Secondary School Student Environmental Award
  • Leave a Local Legacy 

Commemorative Woods

In addition to providing scenic greenbelts and aesthetic landscapes, commemorative tree groves have long been recognized by family and friends as living memorials of the departed.

Commemorative plantings also provide a lasting reminder of occasions such as wedding anniversaries, birthdays or other events or occasions where a long lasting natural tribute is appropriate.

Working in harmony with Funeral directors of the area and through an agreement with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation has established five commemorative planting areas throughout the watershed. Haskett Funeral Homes Ltd., M. Box & Son Funeral Home and J.M. McBeath Funeral Home have partnered with the Foundation to contribute to this fund.

Ausable Bayfield Commemorative Woods are located at:

  • Clinton Conservation Area - Clinton
  • Klopp Commemorative Woods - between Zurich & Hensall
  • Rock Glen Conservation Area - Arkona
  • Morrison Dam Conservation Area - Exeter
  • Parkhill Conservation Area - Parkhill

An attractive sign is at each site designating the grove. The trees are planted by conservation authority staff in the spring, when the survival rate is highest. Donors can choose from native species of trees such as sugar maple, ash, oak, pine, cedar, spruce and Carolinian species that would do well in the specific area. The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority is entrusted with maintaining the areas.

Individuals can direct donations for any amount through a funeral home or directly to the Foundation for the Commemorative Woods fund. An acknowledgment is sent to the family and a charitable receipt forwarded to the donor. A dedication service is held annually for families and friends at Morrison Dam in cooperation with Haskett Funeral Homes and at Klopp Commemorative Woods in partnership with J. M. McBeath Funeral Home.

A complete registry of all donations is on display at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority administration office located at Morrison Dam Conservation Area, Exeter.

Other donation options for the Commemorative Woods are:

$200 Donation
A minimum one-inch calliper tree is planted with the name of the recipient mounted on the sign at the Commemorative Woods location of your choice.

$750 Donation
A minimum one inch calliper tree is planted with a bronze sign mounted by the tree on a metal base.

Tree Groves

The Morrison Dam Commemorative Woods is expanding and we are looking for sponsors to establish tree groves. Talk to us about this unique opportunity by phoning 519-235-2610 or 1-888-286-2610.

Conservation Dinner

The annual charitable gala live and silent auction of art and other distinctive items - as well as special raffle and general raffle - iis a community event of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and the Exeter Lions Club. This dinner and auction was started in 1990 and has successfully raised more than $500,000 for improved watershed health. The net profits are shared 50:50 with the Exeter Lions Club. Each year the Dinner Committee coordinates more than 250 donations and 410 patrons for the event. Past Conservation Dinners have supported building and maintaining accessible trails at Morrison Dam, Rock Glen and Bannockburn Conservation Areas, construction of a viewing platform, boat launch, fishing dock, parking lot, and support for outdoor education programs throughout the watershed. Contact us for tickets or to become a donor and/or patron by phoning 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or e-mail us through our contact form or or write to ABCF, 71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter, ON N0M 1S5.

More than $600,000 has been raised by the community for conservation projects in the watershed through this gala dinner and auction.

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Woodland Reflection Shelter

The Woodland Reflection Shelter is a place where one can reflect on the people close to us, those with us and those who have passed away, and enjoy nature.

Thanks to the volunteers, donors, generous business, and  Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation for making this dream a reality.

Your donations are still welcome.

To support the fundraising compaign for the Woodland Reflection Shelter pavilion visit:

Find out about recognition opportunities for your donations to the Shelter campaign by downloading the following brochure:

Woodland Reflection Shelter Donations

Leave a Local Legacy

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation believes in planting trees and protecting, through ownership, the lands identified as important wetlands, Carolinian forest areas and areas of natural and scientific interest. Individuals are encouraged to think about a charitable gift through a will, life insurance, annuity, or publicy-traded securities. Planned giving comes in all sizes, from a few dollars to much larger bequests, yet all are needed to make a lasting difference in your community and in our watershed's environment. Discuss your wishes with a professional such as a lawyer, accountant, insurance agent, financial or estate planner.

Fishing Derby

Each year the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and Exeter Lions Club contribute financially towards stocking the Morrison Dam Reservoir with 1,500 rainbow trout for the annual Fishing Derby held in the first Saturday in May. The event is well-attended and is fun for anglers of all ages.

Friends of the Trail Golf Tournament

For information on the Friends of the Trail Golf Tournament visit

The annual fundraising event to support the maintenance of the South Huron Trail takes place on Monday, June 4th, 2012 at picturesque Ironwood Golf Club, at 70969 Morrison Line, just east of Exeter, Ontario, off Highway 83.

You can register for the tournament by contacting Sharon Pavkeje, through our staff contact list, at spavkeje(at) or by phoning 519-235-2610 or 1-888-286-2610.

The tournament has raised tens of thousands of dollars over its history.

For more information phone 519-235-2610 or 1-888-286-2610.

Sylvan Conservation Education Fund

The Foundation is a strong supporter of conservation education for youth. Funds that have been raised by the Foundation have contributed to the success of the Camp Sylvan Conservation Program and Nature Day Programs offered to students of all ages. Special opportunities to support Conservation Education are available. Through generous donations you help maintain and operate terrific, hands-on environmental programs, teaching youth about the natural world around them.

Student Environmental Award

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) is offering a $1,000 award for graduating high school student(s) or enrolled University or College students who will be, or are currently enrolled in post-secondary studies in a conservation field (i.e. biology, ecology, geography, forestry, fish and wildlife, outdoor education, etc.). 

Eligible students must be between the ages of 17-25, have a permanent address within the boundaries of the Ausable-Bayfield watershed, be currently enrolled in University or College, or graduating High School, and pursuing a post-secondary education in a conservation/environmental related course of study (i.e. biology, ecology, geography, forestry, fish and wildlife, outdoor education, etc.). 

Immediate families of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Staff, Board of Directors and Foundation members are ineligible. 

Only students who have a permanent address in the following Municipalities, who live within the boundaries of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority watershed are eligible to apply for the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation Environmental Award:

-Central Huron -Bluewater -Huron East - West Perth -South Huron - PerthSouth -Lucan Biddulph - LambtonShores- North Middlesex -Middlesex Centre - AdelaideMetcalfe -Warwick

Accessible Nature Trails and Facilities

Development of accessible nature trails began at Rock Glen Conservation Area with the 'Wheels to Nature' project. Since then, there have been accessible boardwalks and fishing docks built at Morrison Dam and Bannockburn. The Annual Gord Strang Memorial Golf Tournament continues to maintain the MacNaughton Morrison Section of the South Huron Trail, which was a major project of the community, supported by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation.


Junior Conservationist Program

The Junior Conservationist is an eight-week position with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) - it is funded by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) and offered each summer to a selected student interested in pursuing a career in the environmental field.

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