Ganaraska Conservation News

December 1, 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. See homepage for complete list of updates.

GRCA Highlights Work and Accomplishments in Vision 2020 – A Review that Illuminates the Future

December 1, 2020 | Comments Off on GRCA Highlights Work and Accomplishments in Vision 2020 – A Review that Illuminates the Future

In 2015, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) published its Strategic Plan – Vision 2020. The Plan documents its strategic organizational commitments and builds on its legacy of conservation and watershed managers, while charting a path forward over five years (2015-2020) and beyond. The Strategic Plan was created over two years and involved a comprehensive consultation…

Proposed Changes to the Conservation Authorities Act and Planning Act Will Affect You and Your Environment

November 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Proposed Changes to the Conservation Authorities Act and Planning Act Will Affect You and Your Environment

The environment needs your help. And the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is asking for your support.  On November 5th 2020, the Ontario government tabled Bill 229 Protect, Support, and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), which includes Schedule 6 that proposes major changes to the Conservation Authorities Act that we all, including you, need to be concerned about. The GRCA…

Our Conservation Authorities Need Your Help

November 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Our Conservation Authorities Need Your Help

On November 5th 2020, the Ontario government tabled Bill 229 Protect, Support, and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), which includes Schedule 6 that proposes major changes to the Conservation Authorities Act that we all, including you, need to be concerned about. We are hoping to have your support by voicing your opinion and expressing your concerns to the Province and to your…

Province Tying Conservation Authorities Up in Red Tape –Repeal Schedule 6

November 18, 2020 | Comments Off on Province Tying Conservation Authorities Up in Red Tape –Repeal Schedule 6

Conservation Ontario (CO) recommends the Province repeal (remove) Schedule 6 which amends the Conservation Authorities Act and the Planning Act because the changes being proposed will create more red tape and higher costs for Ontario taxpayers as well as threaten the independent watershed-based approach used by conservation authorities (CAs) in land use planning. Read more…

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Extending Ganaraska Forest Centre Pop-Up Weddings Through to May 2021

November 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Extending Ganaraska Forest Centre Pop-Up Weddings Through to May 2021

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? The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is pleased to be able to offer those couples a chance to still…

Skip Winter, Think Spring Tree Planting

November 1, 2020 | Comments Off on Skip Winter, Think Spring Tree Planting

With over 73,000 tree and shrub seedlings being planted and distributed throughout local watersheds in the 2020 Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) tree planting season, the GRCA is encouraging landowners to think about tree planting for 2021 this fall. The trees will add to the watersheds ecosystems by increasing connectivity, providing for wildlife habitat, but…

GRCA Heads Into Third 4-Week Session of Nature Nuts School, Now Offered to Grade 8 Students

October 29, 2020 | Comments Off on GRCA Heads Into Third 4-Week Session of Nature Nuts School, Now Offered to Grade 8 Students

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is heading into the next 4-week block of Nature Nuts School; a program which supports the Board of Education online learning requirements. GRCA is pleased to offer a safe and supervised space, with tutoring support to successfully fulfill student’s online learning programs. Students will complete the mandated 5 hours…

Timber Harvesting in the Ganaraska Forest – The How and Why

October 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Timber Harvesting in the Ganaraska Forest – The How and Why

If you have ever walked or rode the trails in the Ganaraska Forest, you may have come across some trees marked for harvest with orange paint slashes. Better yet, you may have even come across the wonderful Christmas-like smell of a recently cut Pine plantation. The annual timber harvest is an important component of the…

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…