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November 9, 2017 – Kawartha Conservation’s administration building at 277 Kenrei Road in Lindsay is now barrier free thanks to a $30,000 grant through the Workplace Accessibility Stream of the federal government’s Enabling Accessibility Fund. Launched in late 2016, Kawartha Conservation was able to undertake the construction and installation of a fully accessible elevator, enhancing accessibility and safety for employees and the public. The elevator, installed at the rear entrance of the administration building, provides service to both floors including the main entry foyer, eliminating the barrier of the stairs between floors, and also eliminates the need to exit the…
October 25, 2017 – Kawartha Conservation’s Board of Directors has approved a guideline for the 2018 operating budget, with further budget discussions slated for November 29. The approved budget guideline includes a 4.2 per cent municipal operating levy increase for 2018 based on preliminary budget estimates and priorities. The 4.2 per cent presents an increase of $61,550 over last year. The total 2018 budget has been projected at $3,798,800; of that, $1,543,100 would come from municipal partners.  “Our staff have worked diligently during the last several months to bring forward a budget that is responsible to our municipal partners while…
October 19, 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…
October 19, 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…
Please take notice that, at their meeting of September 27, 2017 the Kawartha Conservation Board of Directors approved a number of increases to the current Permitting and Planning Review Fee Schedules (please find attached Staff report as well as the current Schedules for reference).  The Fee Schedule changes are proposed to take effect January 1, 2018 – following an opportunity for comments from our municipal partners and customers from the general public.    Public comment on the proposed fee increased are being received until November 14, 2017. Comments can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Current and Proposed Fee Schedule (Proposed fees…
October 4, 2017 – Kawartha Conservation staff are launching an 18-month project to update the Mariposa Brook Flood Plain Mapping, last completed in 1990, later this fall. City of Kawartha Lakes and Conservation Authority staff were informed in June they had been approved for a National Disaster Mitigation Program funding grant towards the $92,000 project. “This project will serve as an important update to the existing flood plain mapping for the area,” said Mark Majchrowski, Kawartha Conservation CAO. “Ultimately with newer technology and processes we will be able to refine the Mariposa Brook flood plain mapping which will provide added…
October 3, 2017 – More than 1,500 students, parents and teachers will converge on Ken Reid Conservation Area Wednesday, October 4 for the annual Trillium Lakelands District School Board Cross Country meet. “We want to let the public know that parking will be limited, as will access to many of our trails as Ken Reid hosts this annual cross country meet,” explained Conservation Areas Acting Coordinator John Hale. The cross country meet includes students from primary through senior grades and takes place all day. “Due to the volume of traffic there will be marshals assisting with parking,” explained Mr. Hale.…
September 27, 2017 – What began in 1982 as a national health program in Japan, shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, has become a globally-recognized practice of moving through forests more mindfully. The medical community continues to study and measure the numerous health benefits as more and more people embrace the practice, but one thing is already certain; the health benefits of being in nature and, in particular, treed areas, is good for people, of all ages. “In a series of double blind studies over several years in Japan, forest bathing or forest therapy, has been proven to lower heart rate and…
September 22, 2017 – With warm, clear, sunny skies forecast for the first week of fall, it is a great time to get out and explore the rolling hills, scenic valleys and wetland boardwalks of Kawartha Conservation’s watershed. Home to several kilometers of trails, boardwalks and scenic lookouts, Kawartha Conservation offers residents, visitors and families’ four conservation areas and one natural area to hike, bike, walk and explore. “We’re fortunate to offer some of the most scenic conservation areas and lookouts anywhere in the region,” said Kawartha Conservation Stewardship and Conservation Lands Director Kristie Virgoe. “Our lookouts at Windy Ridge…
September 18, 2017 – Work will continue on the Williams Creek Restoration project over the next couple of weeks with the removal of invasive trees, streambank grading, erosion mat and native plant planting. “This is a multi-faceted project that will help restore a section of Williams Creek through Port Perry leading into Lake Scugog,” explained Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. Beginning this week, two invasive Manitoba Maple trees will be removed from the Williams Creek project area, with the remaining work scheduled for Thursday, September 28. Work will include streambank grading, erosion control mat installation, as well as river rock placement.…
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