Reader’s Letter: Stan Taylor was the driving force behind Little River’s improvement

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Little River Enhancement Group (Lil’ Reg) lost a dedicated founding member when Stan Taylor passed away on April 22 (Earth Day).

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Earthly coincidence would have put a smile on Stan’s face. He represented the Essex Region Conservation Authority when we all met and created Lil’ Reg in February 1991.

Stan was delighted with the Little River Valley restoration project at Twin Oaks Business Park. An erosion-prone and damaged river valley has been returned to a pristine, natural area for the benefit of wildlife and water quality.

He was also involved in improving the Little Riverbed in the section of the river between Lauzon Road and Tecumseh Road in East Windsor. Stan was instrumental in creating the nature trail in the McAuliffe Woods Conservation Area in Tecumseh.

His environmental vision included creating a pedestrian underpass where the Little River flows under the EC Row Expressway. Stan sincerely believed it was a potential connection between the Ganatchio Trail system and the Chrysler Canada Greenway.

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Stan would take his young children to tree planting and cleanup events to teach his children the importance of community service and helping the natural world. He spoke passionately about passing the torch to younger people.

Stan and I pondered the matter of the senior members of Lil’ Reg and how the Little River work would continue. He hoped that the younger generation would get involved and continue the restoration of nature in our Windsor-Essex community.

Lil’ Reg is celebrating our 30th anniversary this year and Stan was looking forward to our meeting to connect with our mates again. He will be missed by his Lil’ Reg friends.

Rest assured Stan, based on this year’s Earth Day tree planting event, the youth took the torch.

Ian Naisbitt, President of Little River Enhancement Group

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