Ganaraska Conservation News

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 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…

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…

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…