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Welcome to Conservation Champions, a new series, introducing you to the staff of Kawartha Conservation who work to protect the people, property and environment within the Kawartha watershed.Kawartha Conservation balances environmental capacity and human need, while managing natural resource features that are essential for sustaining water quality and quantity, through watershed planning, stewardship, environmental monitoring and research, and management of conservation and natural areas. Our programs and services are focused within the natural boundaries of the Kawartha watershed, which extend from Lake Scugog in the southwest and Pigeon Lake in the east, to Balsam Lake in the northwest and Crystal…
June 13, 2018 – Enjoying conservation and natural areas throughout our watershed is a great way to get exercise, relax, rejuvenate, spend time with family and friends and enjoy the many benefits of being in nature. It is also important to remember though that the best way to enjoy your time outdoors is to make sure you stay on marked trails.Conservation Areas protect forests, wetlands, plant life and wildlife, and improve the overall health of our watersheds, including the quality and supply of our water resources such as recharge areas. One of the native, non-invasive plants that can be found…
June 4, 2018 – Kawartha Conservation’s popular Forest Bathing program is returning to Durham East Cross Forest on Saturday, June 23. This will be the second of three planned Forest Bathing excursions to the popular conservation area lead by certified forest therapy guide Kristie Virgoe, Director of Stewardship and Conservation Lands at Kawartha Conservation. “The beauty of forest therapy is that it connects humans and nature, so that both benefit from the renewed relationship,” explained Ms. Virgoe. “Research has indicated that spending time in nature not only strengthens human immune response and reduces stress, but also makes us more creative,…
Welcome to Conservation Champions, where we introduce you to the staff of Kawartha Conservation who work to protect the people, property and environment within the Kawartha watershed.Kawartha Conservation balances environmental capacity and human need, while managing natural resource features that are essential for sustaining water quality and quantity, through watershed planning, stewardship, environmental monitoring and research, and management of conservation and natural areas.Our programs and services are focused within the natural boundaries of the Kawartha watershed, which extend from Lake Scugog in the southwest and Pigeon Lake in the east, to Balsam Lake in the northwest and Crystal Lake in…
May 24, 2018 – Two recent grants from the RBC Foundation and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change will support a $30,000 lake management plan implementation project at the Omemee beach. Working closely with City parks staff, the BlueScaping project will engage residents across the community while developing shoreline benefits, education, awareness and improved water quality. “This will be an exciting project for the Omemee community,” explained Kawartha Conservation Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. “We will be working with the City’s parks and recreation staff, local community groups, and residents to improve this well-used and enjoyed beach area, which will…
May 15, 2018 – After more than five years, the McLaren Marsh viewing platform at Ken Reid Conservation Area has been re-imagined and redeveloped and is now open to the public. “The completion of this project has been a long time coming,” said Director of Stewardship and Conservation Areas, Kristie Virgoe. “The viewing platform has always been one of the most recognized and favourite spots for visitors to Ken Reid Conservation Area. Kawartha Conservation and the Kawartha Conservation Foundation undertook a multi-year fundraising campaign to construct the new multi-tier, accessible viewing platform. “We were extremely fortunate to receive a significant…
Welcome to Conservation Champions, a new series, introducing you to the staff of Kawartha Conservation who work to protect the people, property and environment within the Kawartha watershed.Kawartha Conservation balances environmental capacity and human need, while managing natural resource features that are essential for sustaining water quality and quantity, through watershed planning, stewardship, environmental monitoring and research, and management of conservation and natural areas.Our programs and services are focused within the natural boundaries of the Kawartha watershed, which extend from Lake Scugog in the southwest and Pigeon Lake in the east, to Balsam Lake in the northwest and Crystal Lake…
Thursday, 10 May 2018 14:24

Low-cost native plant program opens

May 10, 2018 – 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. To assist local landowners with improving their properties or shoreline, Kawartha Conservation has launched our Native Plant Distribution Program for 2018. There will be two order deadlines and pick-up deadlines this year, one in the spring and one in the early fall, to accommodate both planting seasons. “Native plants are a great addition to yards and shorelines and not only look great, but help support the environment,” explained Stewardship Coordinator Holly…
May 3, 2018 – Residents, families and visitors are invited to take part in a free interpretive hike at Ken Reid Conservation Area on Friday, May 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.Kristie Virgoe, Director of Stewardship and Conservation Areas, and a certified forest therapy guide, will lead the hike which will provide an overview of Ken Reid Conservation Area while enjoying some of the many trails available at the Lindsay-based conservation area. “Spending time outdoors has significant health benefits and to coincide with the launch of Conservation Ontario’s sixth annual Healthy Hikes campaign we are inviting the community to #StepIntoNature,…
May 1, 2018 – Kawartha Conservation staff will be launching two exciting habitat restoration projects in Durham East Cross Forest this spring that will help re-introduce an important tree species while also protecting two threatened bird species. “Durham East Cross Forest really is a gem among our conservation areas,” said Director of Stewardship and Conservation Areas, Kristie Virgoe. “Undertaking these two critical projects is an important investment in this conservation area and for both the community and the environment.” The first project is a Bobolink and Meadowlark grassland restoration project, and the second an important Butternut Tree planting project. For…
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