Posted on behalf of Mary Lynn Becker firstname.lastname@example.org --- 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. on Saturday, December 15, 2001 at the Wyandotte Boat Club located at 1 Pine Street in Wyandotte Michigan. Directions to the Boat Club and a map are attached. 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 new publication, A Conservation Vision for the Lower Detroit River Ecosystem --- produced by the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, which serves as 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).
Wyandotte Boat Club map.doc