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Friday, 11 November 2016 13:13

Kawartha Conservation staff presenting at Provincial environment symposium

KAWARTHA LAKES, ON – November 11, 2016 – Two Kawartha Conservation staff will be presenting and taking part in expert panels as part of the Latornell Conservation Symposium, one of Ontario’s premier annual environmental events being held in Alliston November 15 to 17.

The Symposium provides a forum for practitioners, policy makers, nongovernment organizations, academics and businesses to discuss the challenges and opportunities in Ontario’s conservation field.

Stewardship Outreach Technician Greg Bunker will be leading a session titled ‘Insight into Outreach: BlueScaping in the Kawarthas’, while Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark will be joining an expert panel on Stewardship Strategies for Green Infrastructure focusing on a shoreline perspective.

“I think it really speaks volumes about our staff and their knowledge and expertise that they are called upon to present at such a widely respected and attended environmental symposium,” said CAO Rob Messervey. “Kawartha Conservation has some of the finest technical and stewardship staff in the province and that is a huge benefit to our municipal partners and our entire watershed.”

Kawartha Conservation introduced their unique BlueScaping program earlier this year, which is all about landscaping urban areas to manage stormwater on site.  

“As a part of the program, we offer free workshops where individuals can learn more about how to improve the function and appeal of their property, and enhance the qualities of your local watershed at the same time,” said Mr. Bunker. “I will be talking about how we have implemented the program and realized tremendous success early on.”

“We have been able to achieve a high level of success by building partnerships and leveraging funding to support landscape-level green infrastructure projects across the Kawartha Conservation watershed,” explained Ms. Shipclark. “I’m looking forward to sharing with conservation staff, NGOs, policy makers and others from across the Province how we have been able to drive real change through effective stewardship, particularly focusing on our shoreline communities, here at Kawartha Conservation.”