Welcome to the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority
The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority's overall goal is the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources on a watershed basis while providing for the public enjoyment of the lands it oversees.
The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) was formed in October 1946 under the Conservation Authorities Act and is one of the oldest conservation authorities in Ontario.
The watersheds of the GRCA covers an area of 361 square miles from Wilmot Creek in Clarington to east of Cobourg from the south shore of Rice Lake down to Lake Ontario. This area includes seven municipalities in whole or in part: Township of Cavan-Monaghan, Town of Cobourg, Township of Alnwick-Haldimand, Township of Hamilton, Municipality of Port Hope, City of Kawartha Lakes, Municipality of Clarington.
NOTICE TO GANARASKA FOREST USERS
Upcoming Trail Closures
The Ganaraska Forest timber harvest season opens on August 1st 2019. Keep your eyes out for active cut blocks and closed trails. Remember to stay clear of areas where harvesting is occurring - be cautious, be safe!
Stay on the Trails!
Poison Ivy is very prevalent on the Ganaraska Forest recreation trails. A good rule of thumb is: Leaves of Three? Let them be. If you think you have been exposed to the toxic oils, there are showers in the washroom facilities located across from the gymnasium at the Ganaraska Forest Centre.
The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is excited to announce that the 2nd Annual Northumberland BioBlitz will be conducted in the Ganaraska Forest! This event, in association with the Rice Lake Plains Joint Initiative, will take place the weekend of June 23rd-24th 2018. Mark your calendars! There will be selected sites in the 11,000 acre Ganaraska…Read More
Have you ever thought about how our beautiful roadside trees came to be? In the 1870s, the Ontario Government, through local municipalities, provided an incentive of twenty-five cents a tree to farmers if they planted roadsides with trees from their woodlots. The majority of trees planted were native maples. This gave rise to an important…Read More
The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) held their 71st Annual General Meeting in Port Hope on Thursday, February 15th. Wendy Partner, Councillor Ward 4 for The Municipality of Clarington was elected as Chair of the Conservation Authority. As well, Jeff Lees Chair of Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee with The Municipality of Port Hope was…Read More
Last year was a record-breaking year of water for Ontario; which was the complete opposite of drought-ridden 2016. So much rain fell that Lake Ontario swelled to record high water levels by the end of May. Flooding and erosion along the shoreline of Lake Ontario became a top news story; damages occurred to public properties;…Read More