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January 12, 2018 – Kawartha Conservation has launched a new BlueScaping guide to assist property owners in undertaking projects to help beautify and enhance their properties while reducing stormwater runoff and helping to protect the environment. “BlueScaping is about landscaping urban areas to manage stormwater on site,” explained Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark.  “As a part of our BlueScaping program, we have released the new guide as a free resource to help property owners. Landowners can download the guide from our website or come into our office and receive a hard copy.” BlueScaping Our Neighbourhoods: Practical ways to slow, store, spread,…
JANUARY 10 – An old Chinese proverb notes “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Kawartha Conservation wants to make it easy with the 2018 Tree Seedling Program. Designed for landowners in rural, agricultural and shoreline areas of the Kawartha watershed, the Tree Seedling Program provides an inexpensive way to plant a selection of tree seedlings and native shrubs on their property. “The Tree Seedling Program is a great opportunity for landowners in the Kawartha Watershed to purchase low-cost seedlings,” explained Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. “Bare root one to three…
LINDSAY, ON –With only a month to go before the 25th Annual Kawartha Woodlot Conference being held in Lindsay, now is a great time to register for this much-anticipated event. Being held at Fleming College’s Frost Campus on Saturday, February 10, the annual Woodlot Conference brings together experts, innovators, woodlot owners and managers and more for this one-day event. This year’s theme ‘Change, Challenge & Opportunity’ will cover topics ranging from climate change, the Environmental Bill of Rights, and the health of Ontario’s forests with a focus on the forests in the region.   “There will be special learning sessions…
DECEMBER 21, 2017 – Winter is a great time to visit Ken Reid Conservation Area, and what better way to celebrate the beginning of winter and the Christmas holidays than with a hike along the trails to see how many different bird species you can see. “Winter is a great time to see different birds at Ken Reid Conservation Area because the bare trees make it easier to spot them,” explained watershed resources technician and resident birding expert Rob Stavinga. “There are more than 10 different bird species you can see while walking through Ken Reid.” Among the more common…
The 2018 Kawartha Conservation Tree Seedling Program has launched, providing landowners in rural, agricultural and shoreline areas of the Kawartha watershed, with an inexpensive way to plants a selection of tree seedlings and native shrubs on their property. While pick-up won’t be until spring, with bare root one to three year old trees and shrubs priced from $0.75 to $1.95 per seedling (minimum orders of 100 seedlings), Kawartha Conservation’s Tree Seedling program makes a great Christmas gift. There are a number of benefits to planting trees and shrub, including saving on heating and cooling costs, blocking highway traffic noise, greater…
December 15, 2017 – Registration is now open for the 25th Annual Kawartha Woodlot Conference being held at Fleming College in Lindsay on Saturday, February 10, 2018. The theme ‘Change, Challenge & Opportunity’ will cover topics ranging from climate change, the Environmental Bill of Rights, and the health of Ontario’s forests with a focus on the forests in the region.  There will be special learning sessions about opportunities for woodlot owners in the carbon markets, seed collecting and forest genetics, tips and tricks for planting butternuts, and more.   “We are looking forward to delivering another great conference in 2018. …
NEWMARKET (December 12, 2017)  Conservation Authorities are pleased to see the Province take a bold step to ensure more resiliency across Ontario watersheds through the passage of Bill 139 which includes a new Conservation Authorities Act ( CA Act). The modernizing of this 1946 legislation provides the foundation for Conservation Authorities to strengthen their watershed management role and also develop a more defined role around climate change adaptation. “The new Conservation Authorities Act signals to us that the Province wants to work more closely with Conservation Authorities and we’re very pleased with that.” Dick Hibma, the Chair of Conservation Ontario…
November 30, 2017 – Following a detailed five-hour review of the proposed 2018 operating budget on Wednesday, Kawartha Conservation’s Board of Directors approved the 2018 budget for circulation to member municipalities. The Board began the day with a proposed budget requesting an additional $61,550 in 2018, a 4.2 per cent municipal operating levy increase to be shared on a proportionate basis by Brock Township, Township of Scugog, Region of Durham, Cavan Monaghan, Municipality of Trent Lakes and the City of Kawartha Lakes. At the start of the discussions the total 2018 budget had been projected at $3,798,800; of that, $1,543,100…
November 30, 2017 – Following three years of science, monitoring and data collection, Kawartha Conservation has released the first draft of the Shadow Lake and Silver Lake Management Plan and Characterization Report for public comment and review. “We launched the Shadow Lake and Silver Lake Management Plan project in 2014, which has allowed us to monitor the two lakes and undertake science and data collection to help inform the first draft of the Lake Management Plan,” explained Aquatic Biologist Brett Tregunno. “During the three years we have met with residents and associations on both lakes and this initial draft takes…
November 30, 2017 – Kawartha Conservation has released the first draft of the Head Lake and Rush Lake Management Plan and Characterization Report for public comment and review. “This first draft of the Head Lake and Rush Lake Management Plan has taken into consideration all of the science and data that have been collected during the initial stages of the plan development,” explained Aquatic Biologist Brett Tregunno. “We have undertaken a thorough consideration of comments we have received during open houses with respect to the initial draft and recognize the tremendous insight and value local lake residents have on the…
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