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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:01

Shoreline naturalization workshop Saturday, July 22 in Kirkfield

July 5, 2017 – Kawartha Conservation, in partnership with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, will be hosting a shoreline naturalization workshop on Saturday, July 22 in Kirkfield. This is the second workshop on shoreline naturalization in conjunction with LSRCA.

“This is a really great opportunity for shoreline residents to hear about not only the importance of shoreline naturalization, but also how they can protect their shoreline and the lake with low-cost projects,” explained Kawartha Conservation Stewardship Technician Kelly Gibson.

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority Integrated Watershed Management Specialist Kaitlyn Read will lead off the event with an overview and purpose of the workshop as well as a discussion on why natural shorelines are so important.

Leora Berman, from The Land Between, will also be leading a discussion and providing technical expertise on how to plan a shoreline naturalization project that will benefit the region’s unique landscape.

The shoreline area, also known as the ‘ribbon of life’, is an area extending several metres on either side of the shoreline of lakes, rivers and wetlands, from shallow water up onto drier land. It is a sensitive and critical life zone where up to 90 per cent of the wildlife in lakes, rivers and wetlands is found.  

Kawartha Conservation’s Kelly Gibson will provide attendees with case studies on shoreline naturalization projects and best management practices.

“We have had a great response to our previous workshops and it is wonderful to see the interest from our shoreline residents in how they can improve and naturalize their shoreline areas,” said Ms. Gibson. “We are looking forward to sharing our knowledge with shoreline residents on July 22 as we discuss the importance of shoreline naturalization.

The Shoreline Naturalization Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, July 22 at the Kirkfield and District Lions Club located at 973 Portage Road, Kirkfield.