Windsor approves sale of woodlot to St. Clair

February 7, 2012

Windsor city council has agreed to sell the St. Clair woodlot to St. Clair College. Disagreement over whether to lease or sell the woodlot, which is southwest of St. Clair's main campus, nearly derailed plans to construct a long-term care facility on college property. Under the sale agreement, a conservation easement would be held by either the municipality or the Essex Region Conservation Authority to ensure the institution properly manages the land. "The college is proposing to comply with all the environmental restrictions," says a St. Clair lawyer. No element of the habitat for endangered species will be disturbed, the lawyer says, adding that the woodlot would become a "living lab" for the institution's horticulture students. Windsor Star