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!
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
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).