June 3, 2019 – Ken Reid Conservation Area is a jewel among local conservation areas and hiking destinations. Featuring an off-leash dog park, accessible trails, boardwalks and a viewing platform overlooking the provincially-significant McLaren Marsh, Ken Reid attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year.
As use of the conservation area continues to increase and the demographics and user groups continue to change, Kawartha Conservation is undertaking an extensive community consultation to help form the Ken Reid Conservation Area Master Plan.
“Kawartha Conservation first established a Master Plan for Ken Reid Conservation Area in 1983,” explained Brianna Callaghan, Watershed Resources Strategist. “As the conservation area and our community have developed over the years, there have been no updates to this original plan. We are undertaking an update to this Master Plan to align future site and program development with the priorities of our community.”
The Ken Reid Conservation Area Master Plan will assist Kawartha Conservation with the management, operation and development of Ken Reid Conservation Area. Through the development of the Ken Reid Conservation Area Master Plan, Kawartha Conservation staff will liaise with conservation area users, communities, and other stakeholders including local businesses, residents, and municipal staff.
“Receiving as much feedback from our community members and partners is essential,” said Ms. Callaghan. “Ken Reid Conservation Area is a popular, much-loved local destination that generations of families have visited for years. We want to get as much feedback as possible to know what people love about Ken Reid, perhaps some things they would like to see added, or things done differently.
“Through a new survey, this is an opportunity for the public to have a say in the future of Ken Reid and what is important to them,” Ms. Callaghan added.
The main goal of the Ken Reid Conservation Area Master Plan is to protect, conserve and interpret the natural resources of Ken Reid Conservation Area while creating a conduit for our community to deepen their relationship with nature by ensuring proper management and operational guidelines.
To take part in a survey regarding Ken Reid Conservation Area visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KenReid.