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Shoreline

Blog posts and news releases related to shoreline stewardship.

September 21, 2018 – Mark Wednesday, September 26 on your calendar for a fun and informative workshop on how to enhance your backyard to attract and enjoy birds at the Caesarea Community Hall in Caesarea. The free two hour workshop will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is part of the Durham Stewardship Speaker Series. “Kawartha Conservation’s Rob Stavinga is a well-known and respected local bird and horticulture enthusiast,” said Kawartha Conservation Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. “Rob is sought out for his incredible knowledge and enthusiasm for birds and creating and maintaining natural landscapes that attract birds for…
August 14, 2018 – This is the final week to order rain barrels for pick-up on August 25 as part of the 2018 Kawartha Conservation rain barrel sale. “We’ve had a lot of interest this year and a lot of orders already,” said Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. “Especially with the drier conditions earlier in the summer, a lot of homeowners are interested in water harvesting and being able to capture rain water to sustain their gardens.” Kawartha Conservation’s 2018 Rain Barrel sale orders end on Monday, August 20. Interested residents have until end of day on August 20 to take…
July 16, 2018 – There are a number of benefits to using rain barrels to harvest water, and Kawartha Conservation is giving you two more: Great prices and the opportunity to help others, while you help yourself. Kawartha Conservation’s 2018 Rain Barrel sale orders end on Monday, August 20. Interested residents who have not already ordered their rain barrels or accessories have until end of day on August 20 to take advantage of the great pricing offered and finalize their 2018 orders. “This is a perfect opportunity to order rain barrels and accessories at great prices,” said Stewardship Coordinator Holly…
June 25, 2018 – Work has begun on a $30,000 BlueScaping project to improve the Omemee beach. The joint project with the City of Kawartha Lakes Parks and Recreation Department is supported by two grants from the RBC Foundation and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. On Wednesday, Kawartha Conservation Stewardship staff joined the City’s Parks and Recreation staff to remove a large section of phragmites from the Omemee beach area. “For the first phase of this multi-phase project, we were joined by City parks staff to cut down the phragmites patch that has taken over a portion of…
Welcome to Conservation Champions, where we introduce 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 Crystal Lake in…
May 24, 2018 – Two recent grants from the RBC Foundation and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change will support a $30,000 lake management plan implementation project at the Omemee beach. Working closely with City parks staff, the BlueScaping project will engage residents across the community while developing shoreline benefits, education, awareness and improved water quality. “This will be an exciting project for the Omemee community,” explained Kawartha Conservation Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. “We will be working with the City’s parks and recreation staff, local community groups, and residents to improve this well-used and enjoyed beach area, which will…
Thursday, 10 May 2018 14:24

Low-cost native plant program opens

May 10, 2018 – Native plants are a beautiful addition to your property while providing habitat for local wildlife and pollinators and acting as a filter for rainwater runoff. To assist local landowners with improving their properties or shoreline, Kawartha Conservation has launched our Native Plant Distribution Program for 2018. There will be two order deadlines and pick-up deadlines this year, one in the spring and one in the early fall, to accommodate both planting seasons. “Native plants are a great addition to yards and shorelines and not only look great, but help support the environment,” explained Stewardship Coordinator Holly…
July 16, 2017 – Have you been thinking about adding native plants and pollinators to your property? The Kawartha Conservation 2017 Native Plant Distribution Program is a great way to purchase low-cost native plants for a variety of landscape, garden and shoreline projects within the Kawartha watershed. “Native plants are a beautiful addition to your property while providing habitat for local wildlife and pollinators and acting as a filter for rainwater runoff,” explained Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. Native plant root systems take hold easily, grow well, and adapt to changing conditions. As they mature, they build a complex web of…
July 5, 2017 – Kawartha Conservation, in partnership with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, will be hosting a shoreline naturalization workshop on Saturday, July 22 in Kirkfield. This is the second workshop on shoreline naturalization in conjunction with LSRCA. “This is a really great opportunity for shoreline residents to hear about not only the importance of shoreline naturalization, but also how they can protect their shoreline and the lake with low-cost projects,” explained Kawartha Conservation Stewardship Technician Kelly Gibson. Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority Integrated Watershed Management Specialist Kaitlyn Read will lead off the event with an overview and…
June 29, 2017 – Beginning in July, Kawartha Conservation in collaboration with the Church of the Ascension, Township of Scugog, Scugog Lake Stewards and a commercial landowner will begin the first part of an ecological restoration of William’s Creek in Reflection Park. William’s Creek is Port Perry’s most urbanized watercourse. Unfortunately, high stormwater flows and upstream erosion combined with sedimentation downstream has resulted in perfect conditions for the establishment of Japanese knotweed, a highly invasive plant. Japanese knotweed roots can damage infrastructure and building foundations and once established it is especially resilient to removal efforts.  This and other invasive species…
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