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Conservation Areas

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

April 28, 2017 – With warmer temperatures and the return of chirping birds, beautiful foliage and spring’s natural beauty, it is a great time to explore conservation and natural areas throughout the Kawartha watershed. “We are really fortunate in our region to have so many diverse conservation and natural areas for hiking, walking, biking and enjoying,” said Conservation Areas Acting Coordinator Jon Hale. “Whether it is lakes, marshes and boardwalks or incredible views of the Oak Ridges Moraine, our conservation areas offer unique and diverse experiences for families and individuals.” With more than 7 kilometres of sustainable trails, Durham East…
Lindsay, ON – April 13, 2017 – The interior gates at Ken Reid Conservation Area have been reopened to the boardwalk and Cedar Forest Trail parking areas for 2017. “Spring is always a great time of year at Ken Reid Conservation Area,” said Conservation Areas Acting Coordinator Jon Hale. “When the weather and road conditions permit we are able to open up the interior gates and allow parking at our boardwalk and Cedar Forest Trail parking, as was the case this week. “With the warmer weather we also see the return of a number of migratory birds and other animals…
Lindsay, ON – March 21, 2017 – With Spring almost upon us, now is a great time for teachers in the Kawartha Watershed to book outdoor education sessions and classes for their students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Outdoor education classes and programs at Kawartha Conservation are an affordable way to bring students into a natural, outdoor setting where they get to experience hands-on learning in a fun environment. Classes are all based on the Ontario education curriculum which provides teachers with an opportunity to book classes that directly relate to subject areas their students are already taking. “The…
Beginning this month, the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit and the Learning Disabilities Association of the City of Kawartha Lakes will host weekly hikes until the end of October to encourage local youth to get active and experience the physical and mental health benefits of spending time in natural settings such as Conservation Areas and parks. The hikes are being hosted as part of the Mood Walks program, which is a province-wide initiative promoting getting active in nature as a method for benefitting both physical and mental health. Led by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, in…
An aging wildlife viewing platform at Fleetwood Creek Natural Area was replaced and upgraded with accessibility features this spring with the help of the Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute (LCVI) Gold Star Construction Program. The platform provides a commanding view of a unique 900 acre forest located on the Oak Ridges Moraine. In its ninth year, the Gold Star Program provides students with first-hand opportunities to apply their construction skills on real job sites. Students in this program, through the support of community partners, complete their credits for a semester while building a variety of construction projects. Following the program,…
Thursday, 17 December 2015 13:09

Making way for healthy forests

Kawartha Conservation's approach to responsible plantation management It was November when I visited Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area, and stood in the middle of a 15-20 acre sand flat which is home to a Red Pine plantation. Beneath my feet, where trees once stood, were bare rows cloaked with piles of evergreen branches. Kawartha Conservation had selected a harvesting company to cut, remove, and transport some of the red pine product from the plantation. By the end of the harvesting, close to 4,000 trees would be harvested from this area. In fact, harvesting trees in a sustainable, controlled manner is vital to…
Pay and Display machine coming to Kawartha Conservation’s most popular area July 2, 2015 Beginning July 2nd, 2015, Kawartha Conservation will begin charging a nominal entrance fee at Ken Reid Conservation Areas in Lindsay. Ken Reid Conservation Area is a stunning local green space with many unique features, including Howler’s Corners, the only off-leash dog park in the City of Kawartha Lakes. The area has seen a significant increase in visitors in recent years. Approximately half of the 300 publicly accessible conservation areas across Ontario have a daily fee associated with using them. When the popularity of a natural area…
Trent Lakes Council has supported our proposal to develop a concept plan for a Nogies Creek Waterway Park, northeast of Bobcaygeon. A presentation by our CAO, Rob Messervey, with Dean and Principal of Fleming College Frost Campus Linda Skilton, was provided to Council on January 20. The park would be located along Nogies Creek, which stretches from the north end of Pigeon Lake, up to Bass Lake (northeast of Bobcaygeon). The park concept may include: A canoe route Fish sanctuary and fisheries research area Scientific study Self-guided nature trails Interpretive profiling of unique watershed geology, physiography (land between), fishery, natural…
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 09:59

New Property on Balsam Lake

Carl Weldon and Janet Guillard have donated a property on South Bay in Balsam Lake to Kawartha Conservaton through the Ecological Gifts Program. The property is 72.3 acres of wetland located on the east side of Elm Tree Road with 1,547 feet of shoreline frontage on Balsam Lake. It is part of a much larger wetland complex which extends to the west, across Elm Tree Road, that has potential to form a large wetland conservation area for education, viewing, and interpretation purposes. The federal Ecological Gifts Program provides tax incentives to people who donate ecologically significant lands meeting their criteria.…
Monday, 22 December 2014 12:23

Conservation Areas Update - December 2014

All of our conservation areas are open everyday from 8 am to 6 pm throughout the holidays and all winter, and are free to use! The trails are ungroomed and multi-use, available for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking. To report a downed tree or other issue, please contact our Conservation Areas Coordinator, Jessie James, by email or call 705.328.2271 ext. 212. Fleetwood Creek Natural Area Thinning of Red Pine plantations in Fleetwood Creek is underway, and expected to continue through January. The East and West Forest trails will have limited access while the thinning is taking place. Some of the…
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