Ganaraska Conservation News

September 11, 2020 Update: The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority is continuing to monitor the latest COVID-19 developments and is taking precautions to keep our workplace safe for staff, visitors and partners across the watershed.

  • Ahead of the peak salmon migration, and in an effort to continue to keep our watershed safe, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority will be closing Ganaraska Millennium, Port Hope, Sylvan Glen and Thurne Parks Conservation Areas. These conservation areas will be closed August 28th through to October 1st. All other conservation areas are currently open. Remember to practice social-distancing on the trails and in CA parking lots. A reminder that camping is not permitted in any GRCA conservation areas, and dogs must be kept on-leash.
  • Ganaraska Millennium Conservation Area is now a one-way trail: head right upon entry to the trailhead.
  • Ganaraska Forest is open to all recreational activities. Please see: IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL RECREATIONAL USERS
  • Dogs must be kept on-leash in ALL sections of the Ganaraska Forest.
  • All GRCA buildings remain closed to the public, including the Ganaraska Forest Centre and all public washrooms.
  • The Administration Office is closed to the public, while staff continue to operate through phone and email communications. Please see staff directory for a complete list of contact information.
  • GRCA's Planning & Regulations team is not accepting walk-in meetings, but is able to assist with electronic planning and permit submissions.

Your patience, cooperation and support is appreciated during this time. Please continue to visit our website for updates. Stay safe.

GRCA Offers Help with Online Learning

September 24, 2020 | Comments Off on GRCA Offers Help with Online Learning

Did you decide to keep your child home from school this Fall? Still undecided? Concerned about how they’ll cope in a large class setting under the new government guidelines? The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is pleased to offer a program which supports the Board of Education online learning requirements. GRCA is offering a safe,…

Town of Cobourg Water Conservation Garden Gets a Facelift

September 21, 2020 | Comments Off on Town of Cobourg Water Conservation Garden Gets a Facelift

The Town of Cobourg Water Conservation Garden, located at the intersection of Ewart Street and Division Street, has undergone a renovation. Similar to a homeowner’s perennial garden, plants can become overgrown and unmanageable; therefore, a redesign is sometimes required. In partnership with Lakefront Utility Services Inc. and generous donations from Ontario Power Generation and Enbridge…

Honouring Those Who Have Served our Country with Local Tree Planting

September 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Honouring Those Who Have Served our Country with Local Tree Planting

Local residents stand in silence, deep in thought and emotion, on an overpass to the Highway of Heroes, waiting for the repatriation convoy to pass. It is one small but hugely meaningful gesture to pay respect and honour a fallen hero. The all too familiar scene of the young and old, the first responders and…

Level 1 Low Water Condition Ended Across Ganaraska Watershed

August 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Level 1 Low Water Condition Ended Across Ganaraska Watershed

With several rain events in the second half of the summer, the watersheds in the Ganaraska Region have recovered to normal conditions. An early summer rainfall deficit led to the declaration of a Level 1 Low Water Condition on July 16th, however from that point on, rainfall has been more consistent with enough scattered thunderstorms…

GRCA Thankful for Continued Support from Ontario Power Generation

August 19, 2020 | Comments Off on GRCA Thankful for Continued Support from Ontario Power Generation

Over the years, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has generously donated funds to various initiatives through the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA). The local conservation authority is grateful for OPG’s continued support, with a generous donation in 2019 that helped the GRCA with restoration projects within the Ganaraska Forest. The first project, namely The Dell Road…

Gypsy Moths and How They are Affecting Our Watershed

July 29, 2020 | Comments Off on Gypsy Moths and How They are Affecting Our Watershed

The phones at the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) have been ringing off the hook with calls regarding Gypsy moths. The Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) is an invasive species that was brought to North America from Europe and escaped during a failed silkworm breeding experiment in Massachusetts in 1869. They were first detected in Ontario…

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Offering Pop-Up Weddings at the Ganaraska Forest Centre

July 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Offering Pop-Up Weddings at the Ganaraska Forest Centre

We have all felt the affects of the pandemic; but can you imagine being a bride and groom losing the opportunity to spend one of the most important days of their lives with their family and friends? With the latest announcements opening up the Province to larger gatherings such as weddings, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority…

Your Children and the Great Outdoors

July 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Your Children and the Great Outdoors

Would your child know what to do if he/she were lost in a forest?  Would they know how to identify poison ivy? Is your child curious about the natural world? Do they know where turtles go in the winter? All of these questions and many more will be answered when your child attends the Ganaraska…

Lake Ontario Shoreline Hazards Management Plan Update: Phase 4 – Draft Final Report Call for Comments

June 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Lake Ontario Shoreline Hazards Management Plan Update: Phase 4 – Draft Final Report Call for Comments

In 1990, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, in partnership with Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority and Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority, completed a Shoreline Management Plan for the Lake Ontario shoreline to guide shoreline management within their respective jurisdictions. Shorelines are forever changing, and the 1990 Plan required updating to reflect these changes. Zuzek Incorporated, out of Waterdown…

GRCA’s Many Partnerships Make Tree Planting Possible During COVID-19

May 20, 2020 | Comments Off on GRCA’s Many Partnerships Make Tree Planting Possible During COVID-19

Thanks to the determination of over 200 property owners, Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) staff, Pineneedle Farms and Brinkman Reforestation Ltd., over 73,000 trees were distributed and planted throughout the GRCA and its member municipalities. “The distribution of tree and shrub stock, and the planting of them, worked well under a social distancing protocol.” said…