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.

Latest News

Funding Available for Environmental Projects

Do you want to do something on your property to conserve, restore or enhance the watershed and environment? Did you know that funding is available to assist with this? The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority’s Clean Water-Healthy Land Financial Assistance Program offers environmental technical assistance, tools and information to residents, businesses, schools and service clubs within…

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Get Your Rain Barrel This Spring

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) has partnered with RainBarrel.ca in selling rain barrels this spring. For a cost of $55.00 (includes taxes) you can receive the many benefits a rain barrel can offer: You can water with rainwater anytime, regardless of lawn watering restrictions Soft rainwater is preferred by your plants Rainwater is free…

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Invasive Plants Pose Problems

Invasive plants are species that have been accidentally or deliberately introduced to an area outside of their normal range, and which due to their rapid spread, become a threat to the environment, the economy or to human health. One invasive plant that has spread rapidly into Northumberland County is garlic mustard. This biennial begins its…

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Return of the Birds

One of the most obvious signs of spring is the arrival of songbirds, filling our world with colour and song. There is a pattern to the spring migration that is consistent from year to year. Among the first to arrive are the red-winged blackbirds, appearing in mid-March and filling the air with their loud “check”…

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