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April 3, 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.

  • All conservation areas will remain closed.
  • Closure of the Ganaraska Forest, effective March 24, 2020, will continue until further notice.
  • 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 a list of cancellations and updates. Stay safe.

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.

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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…

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Province Moves to Constrain Conservation Authority Programs and Services

NEWMARKET (August 19, 2019) Conservation authorities and Conservation Ontario are stunned by a letter that the Province circulated recommending that conservation authorities start shutting down any programs not related to their ‘core mandate’ as described by the Province in the proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act earlier this year. Conservation authorities (CAs) and their member municipalities…

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Timber Harvesting in the Ganaraska Forest – The 100 Year Quest

If you have ever walked or rode the trails in the 11, 000 acre Ganaraska Forest, you may have come across some trees marked to be logged with orange paint slashes. To the untrained eye, one might consider these an eyesore. However, the annual timber harvest is actually one of the most important and successful…

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A Look at What’s Happening Around the Ganaraska Watershed This Summer

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority issues quarterly e-news, updating subscribers on current affairs and ongoing around the GRCA. Check out the summer issue, and consider subscribing today!

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