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.

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…

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…

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…