Illegal ATV Use Reported At Hillman Marsh

Wednesday December 22nd, 2021

Posted at 11:25am

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The Essex Region Conservation Authority is reporting a  number of 4 wheel drive vehicles, UTV and ATV users have gained unlawful access to construction sites at the Hillman Marsh Conservation Area and are creating significant negative impacts.

“ATV and any motorized vehicles are strictly prohibited in all Conservation Areas, including Hillman Marsh,” said Tim Byrne, Essex Region Conservation Authority CAO. “In addition to causing further erosion at this already fragile area, these unlawful activities are also potentially disturbing nesting habitats for a number of endangered species.”

ERCA continues to remind the community that motorized vehicles are not permitted for use in conservation areas and along trails.

Local authorities have been contacted and will work with ERCA to help stop this illegal access which is resulting in environment degradation. Penalties can be assigned through the Conservation Authorities Act and the Trespass to Properties Act. If someone is found disturbing and or destroying habitat and or species identified under the Endangered Species Act, those found committing could face significant additional penalties.

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