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Monday, 25 January 2016 13:42

Nine tips for de-icing this Winter

Salt, or sodium chloride, is often used for safety to keep ice and snow from building up on paving. But salt also impacts us and our water. Meltwater containing salt often drains directly into our streams and lakes, harming our shoreline and aquatic ecosystems, contaminating water supplies (both intakes and wells), and damaging our urban infrastructure along the way. It also impacts lawns and other landscaping, and can irritate animal paws. Salt is an affordable de-icer, but it has high environmental costs. We should do all we can to prevent its excessive use. Here are some tips to help protect…
Each winter, following the first major snowfall, the gates just north of our Administrative Centre at Ken Reid Conservation Area are locked for the season, restricting vehicle access into the northern portion of Ken Reid.  The beach and group camp roads are not maintained throughout the winter months, making the road conditions in those areas unpredictable.The gates have now been reopened for the season.Parking is available at Ken Reid for $2.00 per day.  Please deposit funds into the pay and display machine just before the first stop sign when you enter the park and display the ticket on your vehicle…
Thursday, 17 December 2015 13:09

Making way for healthy forests

Kawartha Conservation's approach to responsible plantation management It was November when I visited Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area, and stood in the middle of a 15-20 acre sand flat which is home to a Red Pine plantation. Beneath my feet, where trees once stood, were bare rows cloaked with piles of evergreen branches. Kawartha Conservation had selected a harvesting company to cut, remove, and transport some of the red pine product from the plantation. By the end of the harvesting, close to 4,000 trees would be harvested from this area. In fact, harvesting trees in a sustainable, controlled manner is vital to…
Thursday, 01 October 2015 11:04

Take Me Outside to Learn!

Local parents will have an exciting and free opportunity to get their kids outside and have some fun this weekend! The Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) has partnered with Kawartha Conservation to bring the popular Take Me Outside to Learn event to Ken Reid Conservation Area in Lindsay this Saturday, October 3rd. Families with children up to age eight are encouraged to visit the Conservation Area from 10:00 a.m. until noon to explore the possibilities of learning outside. Children will have access to a number of staffed learning stations that will be set up throughout the Conservation Area and…
Friday, 19 June 2015 10:54

Connecting Kids with Conservation

This spring, Kawartha Conservation submitted a project idea through the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation’s (CST) Inspired Minds Learning Project, which challenges communities and organizations across Canada to submit new and innovative ideas to support the growth and development of children ages 0–17. Project ideas in a variety of categories are featured in a national contest that encourages Canadians to vote for their favourite projects to help them win funding support. In addition to the voting, ‘Category Champions’ are selected by five notable Canadian judges who use various criteria for selecting the successful submissions. The winners of the grant contest were…
Pay and Display machine coming to Kawartha Conservation’s most popular area July 2, 2015 Beginning July 2nd, 2015, Kawartha Conservation will begin charging a nominal entrance fee at Ken Reid Conservation Areas in Lindsay. Ken Reid Conservation Area is a stunning local green space with many unique features, including Howler’s Corners, the only off-leash dog park in the City of Kawartha Lakes. The area has seen a significant increase in visitors in recent years. Approximately half of the 300 publicly accessible conservation areas across Ontario have a daily fee associated with using them. When the popularity of a natural area…
Friday, 13 February 2015 10:57

Success with Tree Seedlings

Standing among some of the 3,500 trees he and his wife Sue have planted on their property, Brian Paradoski poses the simple question "When is the best time to plant a tree?" If anyone should know, it's Paradoski, a retired Ontario Hydro forester and active member of the Ontario Woodlot Association. When they bought their 49-acre property near Bobcaygeon in 2001, the back half was a scrubby pasture of little use to people or nature. The Paradoskis' natural impulse was "to make more forest" so it would be "more attractive, more diverse and better habitat for wildlife" - and so…
With funding from Durham Region, we provide landowner grants through the Scugog WATER Fund to help pay for costs associated with approved stewardship projects. To be eligible, stewardship projects must be in the Durham Region portion of the Kawartha watershed. Successful projects will be chosen for their potential to address issues affecting Lake Scugog, such as: Contaminated urban and agricultural runoff Erosion on lake shores and stream banks Poorly functioning septic systems around the lake. New in 2015 - Planting Trees and Shrubs In addition to the list of projects already supported, the Scugog WATER Fund now supports planting native…
Thursday, 05 February 2015 15:42

Implementing the Trent Source Protection Plan

The plan to protect municipal drinking water sources in the Kawarthas and Haliburton took effect on January 1, 2015. What does this mean for the 22 municipal drinking water systems in our area serving 45% of the population? Municipal drinking water now has an additional line of defense to help stop the contamination of drinking water, and prevent situations like the Walkerton tragedy in 2000. This new line of defense is part of a multi-barrier approach that involves evaluating potential threats to the water that supplies municipal wells and surface water intakes, and implementing new policies that help prevent, manage,…
Thursday, 05 February 2015 15:19

Seedlings for sale

We're taking orders for our seedling distribution in April. There are 11 tree species, 8 shrub species, and 3 grass species available, all suitable to growing conditions in the Kawarthas. Whether you are creating a natural oasis on your property, building property value, or using plants to create windbreaks, you will find a range of species for your project. The shrubs and grasses are especially suited to shorelines. They will thrive in wet conditions, and grow deep, strong roots to help protect your shoreline from erosion. Visit our website for an order form and details about each species, including their…