What is the Project?

The Long Point Causeway Improvement Project is a community-based effort to revitalize the 3.5 kilometre-long causeway that links the Long Point Peninsula on Lake Erie with mainland southern Ontario. The Project began in October 2006.

The improved Causeway could also provide ancillary social benefits including improved road safety and enhanced recreational opportunities while maintaining the rural character of the Long Point countryside.

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More wildlife culverts for Long Point Causeway

Port Rowan, Sept. 24, 2014 – The Long Point Causeway Improvement Project (LPCIP) will be installing three more wildlife culverts this fall to reduce road mortality of Species at Risk turtles and snakes under the 3.6 km. roadway. Since the Project began in 2008, road kill of reptiles on the Causeway has been reduced by more than 50 per cent.

The LPCIP will be paying all of the $307,000 in costs related to this construction project thanks to funding from Environment Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk and Ontario’s Species at Risk Stewardship Fund.

“We’ve received tremendous support from the federal and provincial governments to protect all kinds of wildlife that were regularly killed by vehicles on the Causeway,” said Paula Jongerden, chair of the LPCIP. “Our work has made significant progress in ensuring that Species at Risk reptiles will continue to thrive in the Long Point area, one of Canada’s 16 World Biosphere Reserves.”

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A large snapping turtle exiting one of the wildlife culverts installed by the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project in 2012. (photo courtesy of LPCIP)

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"Never Give Up" book for sale


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The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation has teamed up with local children's author Jan Everett to offer a revised edition of her popular "Never Give Up" book about little Johnny helping turtles cross a dangerous road.  The book is based on the true story of her husband John's efforts to rescue turtles crossing the Long Point Causeway, once rated the fourth deadliest road for turtles in North America.

Johnny’s story also reflects the work of local citizens since 2006 to reduce road mortality of turtles, snakes and frogs on the Causeway that is located in the Biosphere Reserve. The group has faced many challenges to their efforts to install signage, barrier fencing and ecopassages along the road but like little Johnny, their motto is "never give up"!

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Video gives guided tour of causeway eco-passages

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