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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 11:18

Christmas at Ken Reid Saturday, December 7

December 4, 2019 – Final preparations are underway for Christmas at Ken Reid on Saturday, December 7. From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Ken Reid Conservation Area will be transformed into a winter wonderland with horse drawn wagon rides, live entertainment, an animal display, children’s crafts, story time, Santa Claus and more. “This is such a fun event,” said Kristie Virgoe, Director, Stewardship and Conservation Lands. “When we started this in 2018 our goal was to create an event that would be free for the entire community and help people become more immersed in nature and in our conservation areas.”…
NEWMARKET (November 28, 2019) Conservation Ontario is pleased that the report released today by the Province’s Special Advisor on Flooding recognizes the critical role that conservation authorities (CAs) play in Ontario’s flood management. Flood management in Ontario is a shared responsibility among municipalities, emergency management officials, the Province and conservation authorities. This report recognizes the value of the conservation authority model and recommends that the Province ‘consult with the conservation authorities on their application of the natural hazards-based approach and risk-based approach to managing flooding’.   “A quick scan of the 66 recommendations shows us that Mr. McNeil appreciates the…
Wednesday, 13 November 2019 14:05

Ag conference focuses on soil and water quality

November 13, 2019 – On Friday, December 13, the agricultural community will have an opportunity to come together to hear from a great line-up of speakers and presenters as part of Kawartha Conservation’s 2019 Agricultural Conference.‘Working Together to Improve Soil and Water Quality on the Farm’ will be the focus on this one-day event being held at the Ops Community Centre. “This conference is really geared towards the agricultural community where we’ll discuss current issues with water quality and soil health on the farm,” explained Stewardship Outreach Technician Emily Johnston. “Funding opportunities for projects that support water quality and soil…
November 8, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation’s Innovation Hub is offering professionals throughout the region with localized training and development options right here in Kawartha Lakes. Three programs have been established for early 2020, so far, with Legal Process Qualifications for Designers, Building Officials and RCA’s (exam prep) slated for January 16 and 17; Project Management for the Practitioner is scheduled for February 6; and Ontario Building Code (OBC) – Part 8 On-Site Sewage Systems 2012 (exam prep) is a five day course scheduled for March 9 to 13. “The Innovation Hub is a great way for Kawartha Conservation to assist…
October 22, 2019 – For nearly 40 years, Kawartha Conservation has been focused on protecting the people, property and environment within the Kawartha Watershed. Kawartha Conservation will celebrate its 40th year with a number of activities beginning on Wednesday, October 23 with First Nations storytelling and drumming circle with Jake Charles from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. “Join Jake Charles of First Nation Cultural Tours to learn about some of the traditions of First Nations People.,” said Kristie Virgoe, Director, Stewardship and Conservation Lands. “Jake will share stories and information about the history and tradition of the Original People of…
October 9, 2019 –Conservation Areas staff have wrapped up the second full year of monitoring the 2018 planting of endangered Butternut trees in Durham East Cross Forest. The Butternut planting project is a multi-year project which involved planting 20 Butternut trees and 20 Butternut companion trees in 2018, followed up by working with community members to plant an additional 115 Butternut trees in 2019. Butternut trees are endangered in Ontario because of the Butternut Canker, a disease that has almost wiped out the population. “This is an important conservation project to help re-introduce Butternut trees to Durham East Cross Forest,…
September 30, 2019 – A new mobile app for paying to park at Ken Reid Conservation Area launched on Friday, September 27, making it an easy and convenient way for visitors to pay for parking without having to have change. “We know when some visitors come to Ken Reid, they may also be visiting other conservation areas which use the MacKay Pay app. This is just another convenient option for our visitors to be able to purchase daily or annual parking passes,” said Director, Stewardship and Conservation Lands, Kristie Virgoe. “We wanted to make it easier for our visitors to…
September 17, 2019 – What better way to celebrate National Forest Week, September 22 to 28, than with a hike through a conservation area. Within the Kawartha Conservation watershed there are several options for great hikes featuring different terrains and distances, including Ken Reid Conservation Area near Lindsay, Windy Ridge Conservation Area near Omemee, Pigeon River Headwaters and Fleetwood Creek in the south portion of Kawartha Lakes, and Durham East Cross Forest in Scugog Township. “Our conservation areas are popular among a large and diverse audience,” explained Director, Stewardship and Conservation Lands Kristie Virgoe. “Whether it is a short walk…
NEWMARKET (August 19, 2019) Conservation authorities and Conservation Ontario are stunned by a letter that the Province circulated recommending that conservation authorities start shutting down any programs not related to their ‘core mandate’ as described by the Province in the proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act earlier this year. Conservation authorities (CAs) and their member municipalities received letters from Jeff Yurek, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP), addressed to ‘whom it may concern’ on Friday evening (August 16) recommending that CAs start to wind down any programs not directly related to their ‘core mandate’. “This is confusing and…
AUGUST 19, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation and the Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes are joining forces to bring pet lovers together for the Dog Days of Summer event at Ken Reid Conservation Area on Thursday, August 29. From 5p.m. to 7 p.m. Humane Society staff will be on hand with a number of cats available for adoption as well as any dogs available for adoption, the day of the event. Fortunately, the shelter’s dogs are usually quick to find forever homes in our community; cats tend to stay in the shelter much longer. “We really wanted to work with the…
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