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July 26, 2019 – The daily parking rate at Ken Reid Conservation Area will increase to $4 effective August 6. Annual parking passes will remain unchanged at $75 plus HST ($60 plus HST for seniors). The increase was approved by the Board of Directors during Thursday’s Board meeting. “The increase in the daily parking rate is necessary to be able to continue to invest in the infrastructure, trails, off-leash dog park and programming at Ken Reid Conservation Area,” explained Kristie Virgoe, Director Stewardship and Conservation Lands.  “In the last three years alone, we have seen costs of maintaining the roadway…
July 25, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation’s Board of Directors has approved the newly completed Bobcaygeon Flood Plain Mapping study. The Bobcaygeon watershed is located at the northeast end of Sturgeon Lake, with the extent of the mapping from just below the Sturgeon Lake Dam at the Big Bob Channel and Bobcaygeon River along Front Street to just north of Bick Street.“Flood plain mapping has been determined for the Bobcaygeon Tributary, which did not previously have detailed floodplain mapping,” explained Galen Yerex, Floodplain GIS & Mapping Technician. “It is important to have this information to determine where existing flood hazard occur,…
July 22, 2019 – The public is invited to attend four public consultation sessions to provide input on the Ken Reid Conservation Area Master Plan.Once complete, the Master Plan will guide the management, operation and development of Ken Reid Conservation Area. “We have had a great response to our online survey, and the in-person, public consultation will be another part of the process to get as much feedback and interaction from the public and conservation area users as possible,” explained Brianna Callaghan, Watershed Resources Strategist. The four public consultation sessions will be held on July 30, August 7, August 11…
July 19, 2019 – A limited number of spaces are remaining for the popular and much-sought after Project Management for the Practitioner workshop being hosted by Kawartha Conservation. Specifically geared to professionals who work in the public sectors including municipalities, townships, and the private sectors such as engineering, and other organizations which support infrastructure, technology and natural resources, this highly-interactive workshop will enable participants to understand foundational project management techniques and will allow the attendees to apply the tools and templates that will be introduced in this learning event. “This is a tremendous opportunity for people to take a highly-sought…
Wednesday, 10 July 2019 11:02

Now is a great time to order a rain barrel

July 10, 2019 – 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 2019 Rain Barrel sale orders end on August 26, with pick up slated for August 31. “This is a perfect opportunity to order rain barrels and accessories at great prices,” said Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. “People can order 180 litre (47 Gallon) or 220 Litre (55 Gallon) rain barrels and a number of accessories from wooden rain barrel stands to downspout…
Join us on Thursday, August 8 for the Conservation Classic Charity Golf Tournament at Sturgeon Point Golf Club. The proceeds from this fun, nine-hole tournament will help support stewardship projects in 2019. The Conservation Classic Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by Sturgeon Point Golf Club, begins at 4 p.m. with registration beginning at 3 p.m. In the event of rain, the Conservation Classic will be held on August 15. Cost is $60, and includes a BBQ dinner and prizes. Register online at http://bit.ly/KawarthaClassicGolf by August 5, 2019 as a single, couple or team of four. The raised funds from the tournament will support…
June 25, 2019 – When was the last time you explored the forest; the smell of fresh rain gently falling on the forest floor or the magical rays of sunlight peeking through the canopy, the sight of a rabbit hopping across the trail in front of you or and the sounds of the early morning bird calls will awaken your senses. On one trail, you might experience the rich pine scent that lingers in the air as the Blue Jay calls from somewhere inside an old white pine’s boughs.  On another, you will be treated to the sight of a…
June 24, 2019 – There is still time to offer your feedback on the Ken Reid Conservation Area Master Plan and help determine the future direction of the popular conservation area. “We have had a tremendous response to our survey and thank everyone who has taken the time to respond and offer their input,” said Brianna Callaghan, Watershed Resources Strategist. “Getting as much feedback from the community and Ken Reid users is integral to putting forward a long-term plan that we can all be proud of and be excited about.” The existing Ken Reid Conservation Area Master Plan was first…
JUNE 21, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation staff will be working alongside Township of Scugog staff to re-energize and repair a much-needed bioretention feature at the Port Perry boat launch parking lot this summer. “The Port Perry boat launch parking lot bioretention feature was the first BlueScaping demonstration site in Port Perry and created in 2017,” explained Kawartha Conservation Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. “This has been a wonderful Low Impact Development (LID) site for people to learn more about the value of BlueScaping projects, and we are fortunate to be able to work with a community BlueScaping champion, like the Township…
June 13, 2019 – A new program has launched in the City of Kawartha Lakes to provide incentive funding for landowners and community groups who undertake projects that will improve the quality of surface water across the municipality.The Kawartha Lakes Incentive Grant Program will assist with implementing best management practices on private land within the municipality. Up to $30,000 is available for landowner incentives with an additional $10,000 available for community groups. Individuals are eligible to receive up to $4,000, while there is no cap for the community-based projects, however awarding of grants will be based on need, merit and…