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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…
AUGUST 13, 2019 – Council members and staff with the City of Kawartha Lakes received an update and presentation on the newly-completed Burnt River Flood Plain Mapping Tuesday afternoon. Director of Planning, Development and Engineering, Ron Warne and GIS/Mapping Technician Galen Yerex made the presentation to Council. The mapping was completed over 18-months and pulls 130 years of weather and hydrological data to provide the City and its residents with the most technically accurate flood plain information for the Burnt River area. “Technology has improved dramatically since the flood plain mapping was last completed in 1991,” explained Mr. Yerex. “The…
Monday, 12 August 2019 10:25

Order rain barrels by August 26

AUGUST 12, 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…
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…
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