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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…
July 7, 2017 – The Kawartha Conservation Foundation invites you to help celebrate Canada 150 and the environment with a special free fun family event loaded with hands-on activities at Ken Reid Conservation Area on Saturday, October 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. Thanks in part to a grant through the Kawartha Lakes Community Partnership and Development Fund Program for Canada 150th Celebrations, the Foundation is putting together a fun-filled afternoon with hands-on Canadian animal displays, guided hikes, an Environmental Fair and the always popular Birds of Prey show. “As a Foundation we really want to engage families and children,”…
July 6, 2017 – Fenelon Falls resident and environmental advocate Julia Taylor has been elected Chair of the Kawartha Conservation Foundation. The election took place during the Foundation’s regular meeting Wednesday afternoon. “I believe very strongly in the work that Kawartha Conservation does,” said Ms. Taylor. “It is very important work, and something that I'm very passionate about.” A regular contributor to The Promoter through her ‘It’s Easy Being Green’ column and a member of the City of Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee and Fenelon Landfill Public Review Committee, Ms. Taylor said her focus as Chair of the Foundation will…
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…
June 29, 2017 – Beginning in July, Kawartha Conservation in collaboration with the Church of the Ascension, Township of Scugog, Scugog Lake Stewards and a commercial landowner will begin the first part of an ecological restoration of William’s Creek in Reflection Park. William’s Creek is Port Perry’s most urbanized watercourse. Unfortunately, high stormwater flows and upstream erosion combined with sedimentation downstream has resulted in perfect conditions for the establishment of Japanese knotweed, a highly invasive plant. Japanese knotweed roots can damage infrastructure and building foundations and once established it is especially resilient to removal efforts.  This and other invasive species…
June 28, 2017 – What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday than by enjoying the beauty and tranquility of the great outdoors? To encourage area residents and visitors to enjoy Canada’s ecological diversity, on Saturday, July 1, parking will be free at Ken Reid Conservation Area. “As Kawartha Conservation’s flagship conservation area, Ken Reid is a beautiful 110 acre area featuring numerous trails and boardwalks highlighting different ecological features,” explained Conservation Areas Acting Coordinator Jon Hale. “Ken Reid offers several loop trails that lead through forests, meadows, and wetlands. A favourite route includes the floating boardwalk that winds through…
June 23, 2017 – Bathymetry surveying and mapping will begin on Sunday, June 25 and continue for the next month along the Burnt River system. The project will include mapping and surveying approximately 20 kilometers of river from the Village of Burnt River to Cameron Lake. Kawartha Conservation awarded the contract to J.D. Barnes Limited following the closing of the Request for Proposals on June 2. “In partnership with the City of Kawartha Lakes, we are undertaking a special project to complete flood plain mapping of the Burnt River watershed,” explained project lead, Kawartha Conservation Floodplain GIS/Mapping Technician Galen Yerex.…
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