Kawartha Conservation
December 17, 2015
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Holiday Office Closure
The Kawartha Conservation Administrative Centre will be closed for the holiday season, beginning Thursday, December 24th, 2015 and reopening on Monday, January 4th, 2016. 
 
Stewardship Updates
2016 Tree Seedling Program
The Kawartha Conservation Seedling Distribution Program is available to landowners in the Kawartha Watershed who are undertaking stewardship planting projects. Through this program you can access tree and shrub seedlings in bulk at a reduced cost. 

The order form for our 2016 Tree Seedling Distribution is now available!  This year we are happy to provide two pickup locations for your convenience: Lindsay or Port Perry. 

For more information, and staff contacts for questions, visit the Tree Seedling Program page on our website. 
Do you have a large-scale planting project in mind?
If the answer is 'yes', we might be able to help! To discuss potential subsidy programs and various opportunities for large-scale planting, please contact our Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark at HShipclark@KawarthaConservation.com or 705-328-2271 ext. 240.
The results are in! Presenting our 'Most Valuable Shoreline Stewards' for 2015
Victoria Place Residents (Left to Right) Dave Harrison, Cheri Harrison, Bill Hall, Karen Hall, Peter Wells, Laura Wells
Thank you to all who entered our 2015 Blue Canoe 'Most Valuable Shoreline Steward' contest! 

Congratulations to the Victoria Place residents, our 2015 winners!
This Pigeon Lake community planted over 2000 native plants along 360m of shoreline to combat erosion, filter run-off, and protect water quality in Pigeon Lake. The grand prize, a blue canoe from Paluski Boats, will be shared among the community so that all residents can enjoy the beautiful lake.

Our runner-up prize goes to Pine Point Lane community, who stabilized and 
Pine Point Lane Community (Left to Right) Peter McCann, John Brown, Sharron Oke, Heather Vickey, Cathy Murray, Bill Lennox
naturalized 12m of shoreline along the eastern shore of Scugog Island. Each year this group raises funds to increase the boulder toe and planting along the shore to reduce nutrient input into Lake Scugog. Their prize included a Home Hardware giftcard for supplies, a rainbarrel to harvest rainwater for new plantings, and a bat box to help protect threatened populations which will help control mosquitoes.

This year's contest entries demonstrated the amazing community initiatives taking place in the Kawartha watershed. Though all entries this summer were from community groups, the Blue Canoe team saw many great individual projects while paddling the lakes. If you are planning on creating a no-mow zone, planting native vegetation, or implementing other Best Management Practices on your shoreline property - make sure you enter the contest in 2016.

Special thanks to Paluski Boats, For the Birds Birdseed Company, and Home Hardware Lindsay for their generous contributions to our contest prizes.
 
Conservation Areas Updates
Making Room for Healthy Forests 
Kawartha Conservation's approach to responsible plantation management
It was November when I visited Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area, and
stood in the middle of a 15-20 acre sand flat which is home to a Red Pine plantation.  Beneath my feet, where trees once stood, were bare rows cloaked with piles of evergreen branches.  Kawartha Conservation had selected a harvesting company to cut, remove, and transport some of the red pine product from the plantation.  By the end of the harvesting, close to 4,000 trees would be harvested from this area.  

To the untrained eye, what I was witnessing might appear to be a contradiction of values.  Why would the Conservation Authority that manages this Conservation Area cut down some of the trees?

In fact, harvesting trees in a sustainable, controlled manner is vital to keeping our woodlots and forests healthy, especially those woodlots that started life as plantations.  The giant harvesting machines in front of me were partners in a process which would encourage the good health of the entire forest.  READ MORE
 
Upcoming Events
2016 Kawartha Lakes Woodlot Conference

 The Kawartha Lakes Chapter of the Ontario Woodlot Association invites you to attend the 23rd Annual Woodloot Conference and Tradeshow!

The event will be held on February 20th at I.E. Weldon Secondary School in Lindsay. The theme of this year's event is 'The Land Between', and will feature a number of sessions centered on the forest, land, and water of this unique area, where limestone meets granite.  

Delegate and exhibitor registration packages are available, and more information can be found via the event listing on our website
 
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