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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 11:18

Christmas at Ken Reid Saturday, December 7

December 4, 2019 – Final preparations are underway for Christmas at Ken Reid on Saturday, December 7. From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Ken Reid Conservation Area will be transformed into a winter wonderland with horse drawn wagon rides, live entertainment, an animal display, children’s crafts, story time, Santa Claus and more. “This is such a fun event,” said Kristie Virgoe, Director, Stewardship and Conservation Lands. “When we started this in 2018 our goal was to create an event that would be free for the entire community and help people become more immersed in nature and in our conservation areas.”…
October 22, 2019 – For nearly 40 years, Kawartha Conservation has been focused on protecting the people, property and environment within the Kawartha Watershed. Kawartha Conservation will celebrate its 40th year with a number of activities beginning on Wednesday, October 23 with First Nations storytelling and drumming circle with Jake Charles from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. “Join Jake Charles of First Nation Cultural Tours to learn about some of the traditions of First Nations People.,” said Kristie Virgoe, Director, Stewardship and Conservation Lands. “Jake will share stories and information about the history and tradition of the Original People of…
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…
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…
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 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…
June 25, 2019 – When was the last time you explored the forest; the smell of fresh rain gently falling on the forest floor or the magical rays of sunlight peeking through the canopy, the sight of a rabbit hopping across the trail in front of you or and the sounds of the early morning bird calls will awaken your senses. On one trail, you might experience the rich pine scent that lingers in the air as the Blue Jay calls from somewhere inside an old white pine’s boughs.  On another, you will be treated to the sight of a…
June 24, 2019 – There is still time to offer your feedback on the Ken Reid Conservation Area Master Plan and help determine the future direction of the popular conservation area. “We have had a tremendous response to our survey and thank everyone who has taken the time to respond and offer their input,” said Brianna Callaghan, Watershed Resources Strategist. “Getting as much feedback from the community and Ken Reid users is integral to putting forward a long-term plan that we can all be proud of and be excited about.” The existing Ken Reid Conservation Area Master Plan was first…
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