Long Point Causeway Improvement Project

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Causeway Project nears completion

                      The crew from Simon Construction of Waterford began installing the last wildlife culvert on the Long Point Causeway earlier this month. Port Rowan, ON (Jan. 16, 2017)– Construction of the last of the 12 culverts planned for installation along the Long Point Causeway is underway this week. Another small terrestrial culvert was installed by Robert M. Simon Construction Ltd., of Waterford, in December under the same contract with Norfolk County. As well, a large aquatic culvert was built by Bre-Ex Construction Ltd., of London, in November and about 1,200[…]

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Long Point Causeway Project featured in Spotlight on Conservation newsletter

Animex, the British firm that designed and produces wildlife exclusion fencing made from recycled plastics, launched its new Spotlight on Conservation newsletter in October by featuring the work of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project.  The e-newsletter is distributed to Animex clients and contacts around the world.  What are the challenges you faced? When we first started our mitigation work in 2008, we quickly found out that there were few, if any, projects dealing with reptile road mortality anywhere in North America. As a consequence, we’ve had to do some pioneering, often experimental work to get the job done. We’re[…]

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Wildlife protected from vehicles on Long Point Causeway

Nearly 5-km of fencing and 9 culverts installed along Long Point Road By Alex Brockman, CBC News Posted: Oct 11, 2016 7:07 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 11, 2016 7:07 AM ET Conservationists in southwestern Ontario credit culverts and fencing with reducing road mortality for reptiles on a deadly stretch of roadway. Long Point Road is the only roadway connecting Long Point, Ont. with mainland Norfolk County. The causeway runs parallel to the Big Creek National Wildlife Area, making a deadly crossing for animals there. Reptiles faced threats from vehicles travelling on the roadway for years, with 250 turtles and snakes crushed[…]

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Causeway wildlife crossing project enters final phase

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 By Daniel R. Pearce, Simcoe Reformer SIMCOE – As work on wildlife and ecological protection measures along Long Point causeway finally comes to an end, one key question remains unanswered. Who will take care of the underground passageways that run between the marsh and the bay as well as the low-level fencing that discourage turtles from crossing the road? The citizens group behind the project has raised more than $2.7 million over the past decade for the mesh fencing and construction of 12 culverts that allow safe migration under the roadway for snakes, turtles, and other wildlife. But[…]

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LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

A Snapping Turtle enters one of the four small culverts under the Causeway. Two more small culverts and one large aquatic culvert will be installed this fall, bringing the total number to 12 culverts under the 3.6-kilometer road. Port Rowan, Sept 29, 2016 — The Long Point Causeway Improvement Project is slated for completion this fall thanks to funding from Environment Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the US National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The Project is a community-based initiative that began 10 years ago as of next month. The planned work includes the installation of up[…]

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Watch out for turtles and snakes on Causeway

Port Rowan, June 13, 2016 –Local drivers and visitors to the Long Point area should be extra watchful for turtles and snakes crossing the Long Point Causeway and other Norfolk County roads near wetlands, says Rick Levick, coordinator of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project. For instance, this year’s cool spring weather has delayed the annual movement of turtles to nesting sites and summer habitat. The project’s weekly monitoring of reptile movement and mortality on the Causeway found hardly any turtles and snakes on the road last month. “We only recorded three reptiles killed on the road in May –[…]

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Watch out for turtles

By Jacob Robinson, Simcoe Reformer Members of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project are reminding motorists to slow down and watch for turtles crossing the road in search of nesting sites. An unusually cool spring combined with high water levels has meant a slow start to the nesting season. Seen here is Causeway Improvement Project coordinator Rick Levick. (JACOB ROBINSON Simcoe Reformer)   LONG POINT – Our turtle friends haven’t disappeared, they’re just moving a little slower these days. Members of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project (LPCIP) have long advertised the need for motorists to slow down and watch for turtles[…]

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LPCIP introduction and overview

View a PDF introducing the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project. The slides in this file were originally presented to the Carolinian Canada Ecosystem Recovery Forum on October 29, 2014. They are a good overview of the goals and history of the project.

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Map of wildlife culverts

Click image to see full size map Constructed in 2012 — H1 large hydraulic, T2 open grate terrestrial, T1 concrete box terrestrial/hydraulic (HSP funded) Under Construction in 2014-15 (now) – T8,T7 and T5 open grate terrestrial (HSP funded);T6 and T4 concrete box terrestrial/hydraulic (NWCF funded) Proposed for 2015-16 – H2 large hydraulic (NWCF funding requested); T3 open grate terrestrial and exclusion fencing (HSP funded) Proposed for 2016-17 – H3 large hydraulic (NWCF funding requested); T9 open grate terrestrial and exclusion fencing (HSP to be requested) Potential sources of matching funding – US Fish and Wildlife Foundation; Ontario Species at Risk[…]

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