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 to Open Conservation Areas and Ganaraska Forest in Phases

May 14, 2020 | Comments Off on GRCA to Open Conservation Areas and Ganaraska Forest in Phases

Last week the Province announced the opening of provincial parks and conservation reserves; causing some confusion amongst the public between reserves and conservation areas. Conservation reserves fall under provincial-mandate, while conservation areas full under conservation authorities. Prior to the announcement, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) began working on a plan to ensure a safe…

GRCA Forced to Cutback, Affecting over 50% of Its Staff

May 1, 2020 | Comments Off on GRCA Forced to Cutback, Affecting over 50% of Its Staff

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) has had to temporarily layoff some of its full and part-time staff, as well as reduce hours of those full-time staff still providing essential services. These cuts, affecting over 50% of GRCA staff, have been in place since Monday, April 27th. The GRCA operates…

Municipality of Port Hope Closes Lands and Parks Along Ganaraska River Ahead of Fishing Season

April 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Municipality of Port Hope Closes Lands and Parks Along Ganaraska River Ahead of Fishing Season

In an effort to limit group gatherings as it relates to the opening of the trout fishing season, the Municipality of Port Hope Council authorized the closure of all lands and parks under ownership of the Municipality that border the Ganaraska River, effective April 22 until May 12, 2020. This includes Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority’s Port Hope,…

GRCA Reminds Watershed Residents of Local Closures

April 3, 2020 | Comments Off on GRCA Reminds Watershed Residents of Local Closures

The public is reminded that the Ganaraska Forest and all conservation areas in the Ganaraska watershed are closed to visitors until further notice. The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) are being optimistic that the current situation will be resolved if everyone starts following the advice of the Ministry of Health by staying home; however, for…

GRCA Postpones Annual Conservation Dinner Fundraiser to April 10th 2021

March 16, 2020 | Comments Off on GRCA Postpones Annual Conservation Dinner Fundraiser to April 10th 2021

Originally scheduled for Saturday April 18th the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority is asking you to now mark your calendars for Saturday, April 10th, 2021 for the 31st Annual Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters/Ganaraska Forest Centre Conservation Dinner and Auction being held at the Cobourg Lion’s Community Centre. For 4 decades, the Ganaraska Region Conservation…

Lake Ontario Shoreline Hazards Management Plan Update: Phase 3 – Call for Comments

February 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Lake Ontario Shoreline Hazards Management Plan Update: Phase 3 – 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. Shoreline management combines knowledge and understanding of water impacts such as wave uprush, sediment movement, and flooding with land…

Tree Planting is Alive and Well in the Ganaraska Region

February 4, 2020 | Comments Off on Tree Planting is Alive and Well in the Ganaraska Region

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is making it even easier for residents to plant native trees and shrubs in 2020 through various partnership with member municipalities and organizations. Here are the multiple ways you can participate. Are you interested in planting trees along your property line next to municipal roads? Is your property in…

Is it raining or snowing today? Should I wear rubber boots or my down parka?

February 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Is it raining or snowing today? Should I wear rubber boots or my down parka?

Either way, we should accept it and just get outside. Today’s ever-changing weather presents a challenge for preparing oneself and others to enjoy the winter months. As an outdoor educator for the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA), I have caught myself one too many times putting my rubber boots away in December, only to have…

Annual OFAH/GFC Conservation Dinner Coming to an End

January 30, 2020 | Comments Off on Annual OFAH/GFC Conservation Dinner Coming to an End

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 18th 2020 for the 31st Annual Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters/Ganaraska Forest Centre Conservation Dinner and Auction being held at the Cobourg Lion’s Community Centre. For 4 decades, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) has been hosting this fundraiser in support of the outdoor education program at the…

Applications reopen for free tree saplings through Emerald Ash Borer Replacement Tree Program

January 13, 2020 | Comments Off on Applications reopen for free tree saplings through Emerald Ash Borer Replacement Tree Program

Cobourg, ON – January 13, 2020 – Northumberland County’s Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Replacement Tree Program has returned for its second year, following a successful 2019 program that resulted in the planting of 12,000 trees. Northumberland County residents are invited to apply to obtain tree saplings at no charge this spring, as part of the five-year…