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.

New Funding Available for On-Farm Clean Water Projects

April 3, 2019 | Comments Off on New Funding Available for On-Farm Clean Water Projects

If you are a farmer or own farmland, the new East Central Farm Stewardship Fund offers you access to additional funding and technical support for your on-farm clean water projects in 2019 and 2020. This funding program is delivered through the East Central Farm Stewardship Collaborative (ECFSC) which operates in Northumberland, Peterborough and Hastings Counties,…

Celebrate Earth Day, Everyday

April 1, 2019 | Comments Off on Celebrate Earth Day, Everyday

April welcomes the beginning of warm spring weather, as well as the all-important Earth Day. Even though we set out a specific day to think more about our planet and how to protect it, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is encouraging everyone to celebrate Earth Day everyday! Each small action that individuals take-on daily…

Deadline Fast Approaching for Municipality of Port Hope and Municipality of Clarington Trees for Rural Roads Programs in Partnership with GRCA

March 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Deadline Fast Approaching for Municipality of Port Hope and Municipality of Clarington Trees for Rural Roads Programs in Partnership with GRCA

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is reminding residents of Port Hope and Clarington to take advantage of the Trees for Rural Roads program before the end of the month. Rural residents of each community have until March 31st to apply for free potted stock to be planted along rural roads. The Trees for Rural…

GRCA Elects New Board of Directors Chair and Vice Chair

March 6, 2019 | Comments Off on GRCA Elects New Board of Directors Chair and Vice Chair

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) held their 72nd Annual General Meeting in Port Hope on Thursday, February 21st. Jeff Lees, with The Municipality of Port Hope was elected as Chair of the Conservation Authority. As well, Mark Lovshin with Hamilton Township was elected to Vice Chair. The election was officiated by Mr. Glen Tozer…

Consider Getting Involved with the GRCA

March 5, 2019 | Comments Off on Consider Getting Involved with the GRCA

The long days of winter will soon be behind us. While we anticipate those warm and sunny days, let’s not forget about local events and activities you can take part in now. Give your child the gift of nature with a week at Nature Nuts March Break Camp! The camp is designed, planned and delivered…

Water Safety In Nature

February 19, 2019 | Comments Off on Water Safety In Nature

While many of us enjoy outdoor activities in the winter, it’s important to know about the natural hazards we could encounter. Activities like ice fishing, pond hockey and hiking along stream side trails can be perfectly safe while everything is good and frozen, but even the slightest rise in temperature could change this dramatically. In…

Ganaraska Brings Back March Break Camp

January 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Ganaraska Brings Back March Break Camp

Looking for fun and adventure this March Break (March 11-15)? Come and spend the week at Nature Nuts March Break Camp! The camp is designed, planned and delivered by Ganaraska Forest Centre Teachers, who are OCT-qualified (Ontario College of Teachers). Each day has a dedicated theme where campers will be immersed in a variety of…

Skip Winter – Think Spring and Tree Planting

January 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Skip Winter – Think Spring and Tree Planting

With over 40,000 tree and shrub seedlings being planted annually throughout local watersheds through the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) tree planting program, the GRCA is encouraging landowners to think about tree planting for 2019 this winter. Trees add to the watersheds ecosystem by increasing connectivity and providing for wildlife habitat, but also increase the…

GRCA Releases 2019 Outdoor Adventure Events Calendar

January 2, 2019 | Comments Off on GRCA Releases 2019 Outdoor Adventure Events Calendar

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority invites you to get outside and join them at one (or more!) of the 2019 public events being offered across the Ganaraska watershed. First to take place is the ever popular Family Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Day on January 26th at the Ganaraska Forest Centre. Don’t miss out on this fun morning…