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.

Supporting the Environment through Education

January 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Supporting the Environment through Education

My name is Jordan Mapley and I am thankful to have received sponsorship from the Ganaraska Conservation Authority to attend the 2019 Ontario Nature Youth Summit. Through the kindness of the GRCA, I was able to attend the summit for free, which meant a lot to me as I am currently saving for post-secondary and…

Don’t Let Field Erosion Get the Best of Your Farm

December 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Don’t Let Field Erosion Get the Best of Your Farm

It was one of those March mornings in 2016 – a dull sky, north-west winds, no snow on the ground but things were still generally frozen. As I rounded a bend in the road on the way into town, I saw dark smoke blowing above a tree line. I automatically assumed a fire, but as…

Enbridge Continues to Support Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority

December 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Enbridge Continues to Support Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority

For over seven years, Enbridge Gas Inc. (Enbridge) has generously donated funds to various initiatives through the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA). The local conservation authority is grateful for Enbridge’s continued support, with a generous $1,500.00 donation towards GRCA’s stewardship program. In 2020, these funds will purchase trees for local school plantings. The trees will…

Holiday Gift Giving with Your Local Conservation Authority

November 29, 2019 | Comments Off on Holiday Gift Giving with Your Local Conservation Authority

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) has some unique gift giving ideas to help you get prepared for the holiday season. Does your special someone love the great outdoors? The Ganaraska Forest is an outstanding outdoor recreation venue. With hundreds of kilometers of trails, the 11,000 acre magnificent forest provides opportunities for a variety of activities,…

Highway Of Heroes Tree Campaign Celebrates 4 Years Since Launch New Program Launched Aimed to Add Memorial Trees To Privately Owned Land

November 4, 2019 | Comments Off on Highway Of Heroes Tree Campaign Celebrates 4 Years Since Launch New Program Launched Aimed to Add Memorial Trees To Privately Owned Land

GRAFTON, ON – On Saturday Nov. 2nd, the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign planted 30 trees at the Haldimand Memorial Arena and Park. With the help of the local Veteran Community and members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 580, a short ceremony was held followed by tree planting activities. The event, sponsored by Frank…

Row Crops. Are they Affecting Lake Ontario Watershed Health?

November 1, 2019 | Comments Off on Row Crops. Are they Affecting Lake Ontario Watershed Health?

A key challenge for the agriculture sector is to feed an increasing global population, while at the same time reducing the environmental impact and preserving natural resources for future generations. Urbanization is in general known to change the land use in southern Ontario; turning agricultural land into commercial, industrial and residential areas often adversely affecting…

My Summer Experience with Your Local Conservation Authority

October 18, 2019 | Comments Off on My Summer Experience with Your Local Conservation Authority

My name is Evan Barton, and I have had the pleasure of working for Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) for the 2019 summer season. I worked as the Watershed Monitoring Technician, working alongside Lindsay Champagne, Watershed Biologist and Mike Smith, Water Resources Technician. This job with GRCA has had a wide variety of tasks and…

Be Active, Be Healthy

September 9, 2019 | Comments Off on Be Active, Be Healthy

September brings along warm, breezy days and cool, clear nights; perfect weather for getting outdoors, being active, and going to one of the many green spaces within our community. The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority encourages you to visit one of 9 local conservation areas or the Ganaraska Forest, and to get out and get active…

A Report on the Effects of Row Crops on Lake Ontario Watershed Health

August 27, 2019 | Comments Off on A Report on the Effects of Row Crops on Lake Ontario Watershed Health

Trent University’s Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program and School of the Environment completed a study, supported by Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, to quantify changes in landuse/ landcover change within twelve Lake Ontario tributaries between 1971 and 2010, and to determine whether these changes co-occurred with changes in…

Government of Canada invests in flood mitigation project in Ontario

August 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Government of Canada invests in flood mitigation project in Ontario

Port Hope, Ontario Public Safety Canada Flooding is Canada’s costliest and most frequent natural disaster. Communities are looking for solutions to mitigate the costs and damages caused by flooding to businesses and residences.   Today, Member of Parliament for Northumberland—Peterborough South, Kim Rudd, on behalf of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the…