Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF), is a registered Canadian charity realizing a vision of active community partnerships sustaining healthy watersheds.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation acquires and retains lands for conservation purposes and supports water quality protection and improvement projects, habitat enhancement and stewardship, and other conservation projects through successful community partnerships. The ABCF received its charter on June 1, 1974. Its projects include wetlands and natural areas, accessible trails and facilities, protection of conservation lands, improvements to areas of nature enjoyment and preservation, conservation education, and more.

The watersheds of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation area are located along the southeast shore of Lake Huron, in southwestern Ontario, north of London, Ontario, Canada. Communities include Grand Bend, Thedford, Port Franks and Exeter and a surrounding area stretching from Arkona, Parkhill, and Ailsa Craig in the south to Bayfield and Brucefield and Clinton in the north to Hensall and Seaforth in the east. This is a vibrant area with strong agriculture and food production, manufacturing, tourism and recreation, and heritage and culture. The area also has a demonstrated need for adding wetlands, improving forest conditions and soil health, and protection of water quality, and increasing habitat for living things.

Ausable Bay - Major Watersheds

General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer: Brian Horner,

Ausable Bayfield Conservation
Phone: 519-235-2610, ext. 234; Toll-free: 1-888-286-2610, ext. 234
71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter, ON, N0M 1S5

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation

Your contribution makes it possible for Canadian land trusts and American Friends to permanently protect Canada’s lakes, rivers, shorelines, wetlands, forests, for the benefit or fish, wildlife, and all of us.

American Friends assists organizations dedicated to protecting Canada’s iconic landscapes by accepting gifts of cash, securities and land from US taxpayers who recommend grants to American Friends’ partners. American Friends is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a publicly-supported charity; therefore gifts to American Friends are tax deductible to U.S. taxpayers

By selecting Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation from the list below you can recommend that your donation (minus a small percentage retained by American Friends to cover costs of administering its grant program) be used to make a grant to a specific Canadian conservation organization. Grantees meet American Friends’ strict eligibility criteria and are in good standing with American Friends. Please read the terms for making grant recommendations to American Friends. (If your favorite Canadian conservation charity is not listed, encourage them to contact American Friends.)

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