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Conservation Areas

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

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…
Thursday, 26 April 2018 10:04

Discover the Secrets of Nogies Creek May 10

April 26, 2018 – On Thursday, May 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. the public is invited to learn about Nogies Creek and discover its secrets.A broad cross-section of stewardship groups, lake associations, municipal, provincial and federal representatives and more will present displays and information on the mysteries of Nogies Creek. “This special evening will be a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about the mysteries of Nogies Creek and the important role it plays in our watershed,” explained Kawartha Conservation Director of Stewardship and Conservation Areas, Kristie Virgoe.  “Organizers have brought together a really wonderful and diverse…
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…
March 29, 2018 – Kawartha Conservation is launching a new Forest Bathing program this spring to help connect people across the watershed to nature and improve their physical and mental health. Beginning April 28, Kristie Virgoe, Director of Stewardship and Conservation Lands, and a certified forest therapy guide, will be leading a new Forest Bathing program at four local conservation areas. Forest Bathing is a practice based on mindfully connecting to the natural world.  It is based on the Japanese practice of “shinrin- Yoku”.   “Forest Bathing can help with physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing,” said Ms. Virgoe. “The many…
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