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September 18, 2017 – Work will continue on the Williams Creek Restoration project over the next couple of weeks with the removal of invasive trees, streambank grading, erosion mat and native plant planting. “This is a multi-faceted project that will help restore a section of Williams Creek through Port Perry leading into Lake Scugog,” explained Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. Beginning this week, two invasive Manitoba Maple trees will be removed from the Williams Creek project area, with the remaining work scheduled for Thursday, September 28. Work will include streambank grading, erosion control mat installation, as well as river rock placement.…
September 11, 2017 –A free family event at Ken Reid Conservation Area on Saturday, October 14 will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and the environment. The event, organized and hosted by the Kawartha Conservation Foundation, will feature hands-on environmental displays, guided hikes, and two live animal shows. “This is going to be a really fun way to come out and celebrate Canada's 150th birthday by exploring our natural heritage spaces and local wildlife, and discovering our watershed's environmental issues, initiatives, and organisations,” explained event organizer and Foundation Chair Julia Taylor. The free event will open at 1 p.m. with ‘Hands on…
August 30, 2017 – Kawartha Conservation’s education program will benefit from a $2,000 Trans Canada Pipeline grant, thanks to the Kawartha Conservation Foundation. The Foundation was notified earlier this summer that a grant application to support the popular education program at Ken Reid Conservation Area was successful. “We have a strong mandate to support the vision and mandate of Kawartha Conservation, by raising funds, promoting awareness, and engaging the community to restore and sustain a healthy environment for future generations,” said Foundation Board Chair Julia Taylor. Since 1996, the Foundation, formerly Friends of Kawartha Conservation, has successfully contributed to the…
August 28, 2017 – With many teachers back in the classrooms ahead of the start of another school year next week, now is a great time to look at the educational programs offered at Ken Reid Conservation Area through Kawartha Conservation. “Over the summer we have had hundreds of young people, from toddlers and caregivers to 4 and 5 year olds up to 11 and 12 year olds attending our half-day, one-day and week-long educational camps,” said Nancy Aspden, Coordinator,  Environmental Programs/ GIS Specialist for Kawartha Conservation. “We have a great facility here at Ken Reid and the kids really…
July 16, 2017 – Have you been thinking about adding native plants and pollinators to your property? The Kawartha Conservation 2017 Native Plant Distribution Program is a great way to purchase low-cost native plants for a variety of landscape, garden and shoreline projects within the Kawartha watershed. “Native plants are a beautiful addition to your property while providing habitat for local wildlife and pollinators and acting as a filter for rainwater runoff,” explained Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. Native plant root systems take hold easily, grow well, and adapt to changing conditions. As they mature, they build a complex web of…
August 2, 2017 – Grants are available to assist farmers in the Staples River and Talbot, Balsam, Raven, Mitchell and Canal Lakes area of Kawartha Lakes to implement practices that minimize nutrient and sediment input to local waterbodies. The Kawartha Lakes Farmland Stewardship Fund provides grants of $1,000 to $15,000 depending on the project, covering up to 75 per cent of the total project cost. “This is a great opportunity for farmers in the eligible area to receive substantial funding for projects that help project the health of local waterbodies and ensure agricultural best management practices are in place to…
July 17, 2017 – Local urban, rural and waterfront property owners, as well as members of the agriculture and business brought their enthusiasm and ideas to the Cambray Community Centre on Saturday for a half-day Lake Management Planning Stewardship Summit. “The purpose of the summit was to hear directly from all stakeholders across the Kawartha watershed about their thoughts and ideas for projects that would directly benefit our lakes, streams, rivers and communities,” explained Kawartha Conservation Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. The information, ideas and priorities brought forward on Saturday, along with results from an ongoing Lake Management Planning survey on…
July 14, 2017 – Have you been thinking about how you can support the environment and conservation efforts in your own community? The Kawartha Conservation Foundation is seeking new members to join its board. “The Foundation is a great organization that provides members the opportunity to support grassroots initiatives that help protect our environment,” explained Foundation Chair Julia Taylor. “We support the goals and mandate of Kawartha Conservation through community outreach, education, special projects, events and fundraising.” With a growing emphasis on the impacts of climate change, more and more people are asking how they can help and what they…
July 13, 2017 – Vandals continue to target Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area, this time, destroying a metal gate and concrete foundations. This is happening in addition to ongoing trespassing by off road vehicles and their damage to environmentally sensitive areas. “It is both disheartening and unsettling that certain individuals continue to vandalize the conservation area,” said Acting Conservation Areas Coordinator Jon Hale. “Our conservation areas are for the publics’ enjoyment and when vandalism occurs there is a financial cost to all taxpayers.” To help combat ongoing vandalism at the conservation area, staff had previously installed security cameras in…
July 11, 2017 – Kawartha Conservation staff will hold an open house on the Four Mile Lake Management Plan to present key findings and draft recommendations at the Burnt River Community Centre on Saturday, July 29. The two-hour open house, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, will provide an opportunity for staff to discuss feedback received from the community on the second draft of the plan, as well as to receive public input on the content of the draft plan. “The open house on July 29 will be the culmination of public input and consultation and represent the feedback we…
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