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Sat. 12/15 Detroit River Ceremony - 10-11:30 a.m. Wyandotte Boat Club

       An exciting ceremony has just been confirmed to release the new 4-color
       glossy document "A Conservation Vision for the Lower Detroit River
       Ecosystem" on Saturday Dec. 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the
       Wyandotte Boat Club.

       Congressman John Dingell, Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Herb Gray, Member
       of Parliment Susan Whelan, and Peter Stroh, Greater Detroit American
       Heritage River Executive Committee Chair are all confirmed to be in
       attendance to announce this binational conservation vision; give an update
       on the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Establishment Act
       (passed unanimously by the U.S. House of Representatives on 11/27/01 and
        now in the U.S. Senate); celebrate Calf Island's acquisition; and other
       key  items.  Additionally, we expect senior managers from US Fish & Wildlife
       Service (among others) to be in attendance.

       Light refreshments will be served (it is not a luncheon) and the event
       will  be held in the beautiful facility of the Wyandotte Boat Club, 1 Pine
       Street, Wyandotte, Michigan  48192 on the banks of the Detroit River.

       Please try to fit this exciting event into your busy schedules this
       holiday  season.  As you can imagine Congressman Dingell, Deputy Prime Minister
       Gray, M.P. Susan Whelan, and Peter Stroh have all worked very hard to
       personally attend and share the conservation vision and exciting progress
       on the Detroit River with everyone.

       I would be happy to answer questions if I can (phone 810.989.6323).  Hope
       to see you 12/15!

        Mark Breederland
       Greater Detroit American Heritage River Steering Committee Chair
        To: Detroit River Stakeholders

        From: John Hartig, Detroit River Navigator

        Subject: Unveiling Ceremony for Canada-U.S. Lower Detroit River
        Conservation Vision

        On behalf of U.S. Congressman John D. Dingell; Canadian Deputy Prime
        Minister Herb Gray; Canadian Member of Parliament Susan Whelan; and Peter
        Stroh, Chairman of the Greater Detroit American Heritage River Initiative,
        we would like to invite you to a ceremony announcing a groundbreaking,
        binational Conservation Vision for the Lower Detroit River Ecosystem.

        This ceremony will be held at 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December
       15,  2001 at the Wyandotte Boat Club located at 1 Pine Street in Wyandotte

        Efforts are underway in both the United States and Canada to establish the
        lower Detroit River as the first international wildlife refuge in North
        America.  Progress on this international wildlife refuge effort, to date,
        will also be announced at the ceremony, including the successful
        acquisition of funds from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act to
        acquire and preserve Calf Island in the lower Detroit River for
        conservation and recreational purposes.

        Recognizing the need to protect this invaluable resource, we convened a
        binational workshop in November 2000 to reach Canada-United States
        agreement on a conservation vision for the lower Detroit River ecosystem.
        All of us understand that the Detroit River serves as the foundation of
       our  economies, provides numerous recreational opportunities and ecological
        values, and enhances our quality of life.  Further, we all recognize that
        the Detroit River is a shared resource between our two countries, and,
        therefore, we have a shared responsibility.

       Copies of the wonderful new 4 color glossy publication, A Conservation
       Vision for the Lower Detroit River Ecosystem (produced by the Metropolitan
       Affairs Coalition, program manager of the Greater Detroit American
       Heritage River Initiative), will be available at the ceremony.

       We hope you will join us for this celebration on Saturday, December 15th
       at 10:00 a.m.  As you know, the Detroit River was honored to become one of 14
       American Heritage Rivers in the United States in 1998.  On July 19, 2001,
       the Detroit River received a Canadian Heritage River designation, making
       it the first binational heritage river system in North America.

       For more information on the event and Conservation Vision please contact:

        * Lauri Elbing, Congressman John D. Dingell's Office (313-846-1276); or

        * Ken Schmidt, Essex Region Conservation Authority/Canadian Heritage River
        Initiative (519-776-5209, extension 353).