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February 21, 2020 – Leading by example, connecting with our community, integrating available knowledge and decision making, and empowering our community to act are the key takeaways from the recent board-approved 10-year Kawartha Conservation Stewardship Strategy. “Each goal is supported by objectives and desired outcomes that will enable us to focus our efforts and develop a flexible framework guiding program planning and implementation,” explained Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. “Actions and Targets have been set to evaluate and measure the success of project implementation over the next ten (10) years. Kawartha Conservation’s Stewardship Strategy has been developed to assist the Stewardship…
February 11, 2020 – The public is invited to a free public forum on flood preparedness in Fenelon Falls on Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. “This is a great forum for residents and property owners concerned about flooding and how they can be more prepared,” explained Iryna Shulyarenko, hydrologist at Kawartha Conservation. “The forum will include a trade show as well as presentations on flood emergency management, flood preparedness and flood protection.” The forum is being organized and co-hosted in partnership with Kawartha Conservation and the City of Kawartha Lakes.Formal presentations will take place between 10…
Monday, 16 December 2019 11:39

2020 Tree Seedling sales now open

December 16, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation’s 2020 Tree Seedling sale is now open with a great selection of Evergreens, deciduous trees  and shrubs.  The program offers native species as well as advancing species which aren't currently found naturally in the Kawartha Watershed, but they are migrating from the South as the climate warms and are becoming more suitable in the Kawartha watershed.   “The Tree Seedling Program helps property owners across our watershed with purchasing tree seedlings in bulk,” explained Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. “This annual sale is always popular and is an easy way to purchase different types and…
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.”…
NEWMARKET (November 28, 2019) Conservation Ontario is pleased that the report released today by the Province’s Special Advisor on Flooding recognizes the critical role that conservation authorities (CAs) play in Ontario’s flood management. Flood management in Ontario is a shared responsibility among municipalities, emergency management officials, the Province and conservation authorities. This report recognizes the value of the conservation authority model and recommends that the Province ‘consult with the conservation authorities on their application of the natural hazards-based approach and risk-based approach to managing flooding’.   “A quick scan of the 66 recommendations shows us that Mr. McNeil appreciates the…
Wednesday, 13 November 2019 14:05

Ag conference focuses on soil and water quality

November 13, 2019 – On Friday, December 13, the agricultural community will have an opportunity to come together to hear from a great line-up of speakers and presenters as part of Kawartha Conservation’s 2019 Agricultural Conference.‘Working Together to Improve Soil and Water Quality on the Farm’ will be the focus on this one-day event being held at the Ops Community Centre. “This conference is really geared towards the agricultural community where we’ll discuss current issues with water quality and soil health on the farm,” explained Stewardship Outreach Technician Emily Johnston. “Funding opportunities for projects that support water quality and soil…
November 8, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation’s Innovation Hub is offering professionals throughout the region with localized training and development options right here in Kawartha Lakes. Three programs have been established for early 2020, so far, with Legal Process Qualifications for Designers, Building Officials and RCA’s (exam prep) slated for January 16 and 17; Project Management for the Practitioner is scheduled for February 6; and Ontario Building Code (OBC) – Part 8 On-Site Sewage Systems 2012 (exam prep) is a five day course scheduled for March 9 to 13. “The Innovation Hub is a great way for Kawartha Conservation to assist…
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…
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