Ganaraska Conservation News

Get Your Rain Barrel This Spring

May 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Get Your Rain Barrel This Spring

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) has partnered with RainBarrel.ca in selling rain barrels this spring. For a cost of $55.00 (includes taxes) you can receive the many benefits a rain barrel can offer: You can water with rainwater anytime, regardless of lawn watering restrictions Soft rainwater is preferred by your plants Rainwater is free…

Invasive Plants Pose Problems

May 3, 2018 | Comments Off on Invasive Plants Pose Problems

Invasive plants are species that have been accidentally or deliberately introduced to an area outside of their normal range, and which due to their rapid spread, become a threat to the environment, the economy or to human health. One invasive plant that has spread rapidly into Northumberland County is garlic mustard. This biennial begins its…

Return of the Birds

April 3, 2018 | Comments Off on Return of the Birds

One of the most obvious signs of spring is the arrival of songbirds, filling our world with colour and song. There is a pattern to the spring migration that is consistent from year to year. Among the first to arrive are the red-winged blackbirds, appearing in mid-March and filling the air with their loud “check”…

BioBlitz With Us!

March 27, 2018 | Comments Off on BioBlitz With Us!

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is excited to announce that the 2nd Annual Northumberland BioBlitz will be conducted in the Ganaraska Forest! This event, in association with the Rice Lake Plains Joint Initiative, will take place the weekend of June 23rd-24th 2018. Mark your calendars! There will be selected sites in the 11,000 acre Ganaraska…

Linking the Past to the Future – Trees for Rural Roads

March 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Linking the Past to the Future – Trees for Rural Roads

Have you ever thought about how our beautiful roadside trees came to be? In the 1870s, the Ontario Government, through local municipalities, provided an incentive of twenty-five cents a tree to farmers if they planted roadsides with trees from their woodlots. The majority of trees planted were native maples. This gave rise to an important…

GRCA Elects New Full Authority Board Chair and Vice Chair

February 20, 2018 | Comments Off on GRCA Elects New Full Authority Board Chair and Vice Chair

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) held their 71st Annual General Meeting in Port Hope on Thursday, February 15th. Wendy Partner, Councillor Ward 4 for The Municipality of Clarington was elected as Chair of the Conservation Authority. As well, Jeff Lees Chair of Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee with The Municipality of Port Hope was…

Be Flood Prepared

February 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Be Flood Prepared

Last year was a record-breaking year of water for Ontario; which was the complete opposite of drought-ridden 2016. So much rain fell that Lake Ontario swelled to record high water levels by the end of May. Flooding and erosion along the shoreline of Lake Ontario became a top news story; damages occurred to public properties;…

GRCA’s Tree Planting Program Deadline Extended

February 14, 2018 | Comments Off on GRCA’s Tree Planting Program Deadline Extended

With over 40,000 tree and shrub seedlings being planted throughout local watersheds in the 2017 Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) tree planting season, the GRCA is encouraging landowners to think about tree planting for 2018. Trees add to the watersheds ecosystems by increasing connectivity and providing for wildlife habitat, but also increase the beauty and…

Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Rentals Now Available Through the Ganaraska Forest Centre!

February 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Rentals Now Available Through the Ganaraska Forest Centre!

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority is pleased to announce that cross-country ski and snowshoe equipment is now available to rent through the Ganaraska Forest Centre. Tips before your visit: Plan to arrive and finish your ski or snowshoe trek before 2:00 p.m. – All rentals must be returned to the gatehouse or GFC by 2:00 p.m. or subject to…

The Ganaraska Forest Centre – 40 years of Outdoor Education

January 31, 2018 | Comments Off on The Ganaraska Forest Centre – 40 years of Outdoor Education

Research shows that children learn best when they participate in real-life, hands-on activities. The formal name for those experiences is Experiential Education and the Ganaraska Forest Centre is extremely proud to be entering its 40th year of engaging children in this type of learning. Experiential learning fosters student engagement by creating relevant experiences that spark…