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Rolling hills, forests, meadows, creeks, and wetlands across the Kawarthas give the area its unique character. The health of rural properties has a significant impact on the overall health of the Kawartha watershed, including its many lakes. There are many things you can do to both enhance the rural qualities of your property, while protecting watershed health. Some of the benefits of best management practices include:

  • A biodiverse, resilient ecosystem that wards off invasive species
  • Native wildlife habitat
  • Reduced flooding
  • Clean surface and ground water
  • Reduced erosion and sedimentation that can impact fish spawning beds.

What actions can I take?

  • Establish healthy riparian buffer zones next to waterways
  • Maintain forests
  • Plant trees in unforested areas
  • Leave wetlands alone
  • Control invasive plants.

Additional Resources

We can help

Knowledgeable staff can help you take action!

  • Not sure where to start? Schedule a free onsite consultation and receive personalized advice for enhancing your properties and protecting water quality.
  • For training opportunities and workshops, please see our events page for current listings.

Programs and Services

Access programs and services to help you take action:

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 Seedling Program

Purchase native trees, shrubs, and grasses for your projects 


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 Shoreline Protection

Get free advice and information on protecting waterfronts from common shoreline issues


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 Scugog WATER Fund

Apply for a grant to help with projects on your property in Durham Region within the Kawartha Watershed



 Native Plant Distribution Program

Learn more about the Native Plant Distribution Program.