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Monday, 22 December 2014 12:23

Conservation Areas Update - December 2014

All of our conservation areas are open everyday from 8 am to 6 pm throughout the holidays and all winter, and are free to use! The trails are ungroomed and multi-use, available for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking.

To report a downed tree or other issue, please contact our Conservation Areas Coordinator, Jessie James, by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 705.328.2271 ext. 212.

Fleetwood Creek Natural Area

Thinning of Red Pine plantations in Fleetwood Creek is underway, and expected to continue through January. The East and West Forest trails will have limited access while the thinning is taking place.

Some of the trees are being removed to enhance overall forest health and wildlife habitat. Opening the pine canopy will allow the natural regeneration of native tree species, including White Pine, Sugar Maple, Black Cherry, and American Beech.

The road to the parking lots are not maintained, and the parking lot gate for the Valley Trail is now closed. Access is still possible by foot, snowshoe, and cross country skis.

Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area

The south parking lot is now closed for the winter, but the north parking lot, at 4560 Devitts Road, is open.

The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) will have a groomed trail through the conservation area. All snowmobiles must have an OFSC permit and stay on the OFSC marked trail.

Ken Reid Conservation Area

The main parking lot, across from the Administrative Centre, is open and plowed all winter. It also provides easy access to Howlers Corners Off-Leash Dog Park.

Windy Ridge Conservation Area

The parking lot remains open throughout the winter. Enjoy a hike to the lookout where you can see across the Fleetwood Creek wetlands to the Oak Ridges Moraine and Omemee Esker.

Pigeon River Headwaters Conservation Area

Access to the conservation area is limited as it is on an unassumed road. The parking lot is now closed. Access is still possible by foot, snowshoe, or cross-country ski.