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Conservation Areas

Blog posts and news releases related to conservation and natural areas.

September 24, 2018 – The public is welcome to join staff, dignitaries and members of the Kawartha Conservation Board of Directors on Saturday, September 29 for the official opening of the newly constructed accessible viewing platform overlooking the Provincially Significant McLaren Marsh. “Saturday will be an exciting day for all of our staff who have worked hard to realize the completion of this project, and for the public who have told us how much they love the new viewing platform,” said Director of Stewardship and Conservation Areas, Kristie Virgoe. “The previous observation deck was a popular attraction at Ken Reid…
SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 - With clear, sunny skies forecast for the first weekend 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 newly opened accessible marsh lookout…
Although growing up in the City of Montreal, Lindsay resident Judith Hayes developed a love for nature during her childhood when she would enjoy summer vacations at the family cottage.   “I loved walking in the woods, even climbing the trees,” she said. “It was a special place for me surrounded by the sights, smells and sounds of the forest.” Ms. Hayes said when the chance to reconnect with nature in an educational and meaningful way through a new program at Kawartha Conservation, it was the opportunity she was looking for. In May, Kawartha Conservation launched the Walk in Nature…
June 19, 2018 – To celebrate Pollinator Week (June 18 to 24), staff have launched a project to introduce two pollinator gardens at Windy Ridge Conservation Area. The first area will be immediately adjacent to the lower trail and will provide access for guests to get up close to the pollinator garden. The second will be located away from the main trail and provide perfect habitat for a variety of crucial pollinators. “The City of Kawartha Lakes was one of the first municipalities in Canada to receive the Bee City designation,” explained Director of Stewardship and Conservation Areas Kristie Virgoe.…
June 13, 2018 – Enjoying conservation and natural areas throughout our watershed is a great way to get exercise, relax, rejuvenate, spend time with family and friends and enjoy the many benefits of being in nature. It is also important to remember though that the best way to enjoy your time outdoors is to make sure you stay on marked trails.Conservation Areas protect forests, wetlands, plant life and wildlife, and improve the overall health of our watersheds, including the quality and supply of our water resources such as recharge areas. One of the native, non-invasive plants that can be found…
June 4, 2018 – Kawartha Conservation’s popular Forest Bathing program is returning to Durham East Cross Forest on Saturday, June 23. This will be the second of three planned Forest Bathing excursions to the popular conservation area lead by certified forest therapy guide Kristie Virgoe, Director of Stewardship and Conservation Lands at Kawartha Conservation. “The beauty of forest therapy is that it connects humans and nature, so that both benefit from the renewed relationship,” explained Ms. Virgoe. “Research has indicated that spending time in nature not only strengthens human immune response and reduces stress, but also makes us more creative,…
May 15, 2018 – After more than five years, the McLaren Marsh viewing platform at Ken Reid Conservation Area has been re-imagined and redeveloped and is now open to the public. “The completion of this project has been a long time coming,” said Director of Stewardship and Conservation Areas, Kristie Virgoe. “The viewing platform has always been one of the most recognized and favourite spots for visitors to Ken Reid Conservation Area. Kawartha Conservation and the Kawartha Conservation Foundation undertook a multi-year fundraising campaign to construct the new multi-tier, accessible viewing platform. “We were extremely fortunate to receive a significant…
May 3, 2018 – Residents, families and visitors are invited to take part in a free interpretive hike at Ken Reid Conservation Area on Friday, May 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.Kristie Virgoe, Director of Stewardship and Conservation Areas, and a certified forest therapy guide, will lead the hike which will provide an overview of Ken Reid Conservation Area while enjoying some of the many trails available at the Lindsay-based conservation area. “Spending time outdoors has significant health benefits and to coincide with the launch of Conservation Ontario’s sixth annual Healthy Hikes campaign we are inviting the community to #StepIntoNature,…
May 1, 2018 – Kawartha Conservation staff will be launching two exciting habitat restoration projects in Durham East Cross Forest this spring that will help re-introduce an important tree species while also protecting two threatened bird species. “Durham East Cross Forest really is a gem among our conservation areas,” said Director of Stewardship and Conservation Areas, Kristie Virgoe. “Undertaking these two critical projects is an important investment in this conservation area and for both the community and the environment.” The first project is a Bobolink and Meadowlark grassland restoration project, and the second an important Butternut Tree planting project. For…
Welcome to Conservation Champions, a new series, introducing you to the staff of Kawartha Conservation who work to protect the people, property and environment within the Kawartha watershed. Kawartha Conservation balances environmental capacity and human need, while managing natural resource features that are essential for sustaining water quality and quantity, through watershed planning, stewardship, environmental monitoring and research, and management of conservation and natural areas. Our programs and services are focused within the natural boundaries of the Kawartha watershed, which extend from Lake Scugog in the southwest and Pigeon Lake in the east, to Balsam Lake in the northwest and…
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