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August 14, 2018 – This is the final week to order rain barrels for pick-up on August 25 as part of the 2018 Kawartha Conservation rain barrel sale. “We’ve had a lot of interest this year and a lot of orders already,” said Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. “Especially with the drier conditions earlier in the summer, a lot of homeowners are interested in water harvesting and being able to capture rain water to sustain their gardens.” Kawartha Conservation’s 2018 Rain Barrel sale orders end on Monday, August 20. Interested residents have until end of day on August 20 to take…
July 16, 2018 – There are a number of benefits to using rain barrels to harvest water, and Kawartha Conservation is giving you two more: Great prices and the opportunity to help others, while you help yourself. Kawartha Conservation’s 2018 Rain Barrel sale orders end on Monday, August 20. Interested residents who have not already ordered their rain barrels or accessories have until end of day on August 20 to take advantage of the great pricing offered and finalize their 2018 orders. “This is a perfect opportunity to order rain barrels and accessories at great prices,” said Stewardship Coordinator Holly…
July 12, 2018 – Staff from the City of Kawartha Lakes and Kawartha Conservation will be hosting a Public Information Session (PIC) on the Dunsford Creek Flood Plain Mapping Study on Wednesday, July 25 at 5:30 p.m. Kawartha Conservation is in the final stages of completing a flood plain study for the Dunsford Creek Subwatershed in Dunsford and the meeting will be an opportunity to present the draft flood plain mapping results, including the draft regulated flood lines. The flood plain mapping results were developed using Lidar to conduct the mapping portion of the project. Lidar is a surveying method…
June 25, 2018 – Work has begun on a $30,000 BlueScaping project to improve the Omemee beach. The joint project with the City of Kawartha Lakes Parks and Recreation Department is supported by two grants from the RBC Foundation and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. On Wednesday, Kawartha Conservation Stewardship staff joined the City’s Parks and Recreation staff to remove a large section of phragmites from the Omemee beach area. “For the first phase of this multi-phase project, we were joined by City parks staff to cut down the phragmites patch that has taken over a portion of…
June 19, 2018 – To celebrate Pollinator Week (June 18 to 24), staff have launched a project to introduce two pollinator gardens at Windy Ridge Conservation Area. The first area will be immediately adjacent to the lower trail and will provide access for guests to get up close to the pollinator garden. The second will be located away from the main trail and provide perfect habitat for a variety of crucial pollinators. “The City of Kawartha Lakes was one of the first municipalities in Canada to receive the Bee City designation,” explained Director of Stewardship and Conservation Areas Kristie Virgoe.…
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…
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