Public Consultation: Draft Conservation Lands Strategy

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Provide Your Input On the Draft Conservation Lands Strategy

In December 2020, changes to the Conservation Authorities Act resulted in the introduction of mandatory programs and services which are to be delivered by all Conservation Authorities.

Ontario Regulation 686/21 defines one of the mandatory programs as the “conservation and management of lands.” Further, Section 10 of the regulation requires all Conservation Authorities to prepare a Conservation Area Strategy, for all lands owned or controlled by their Authority, by December 31, 2024.

The GRCA has modified the name of the strategy to “Conservation Lands Strategy” to encompass all GRCA land holdings. The Conservation Lands Strategy will be used to guide the conservation and management of GRCA lands.

Consultation on the Draft Conservation Lands Strategy will occur from July 2 to August 12, 2024 and will include two Public Open Houses, one at the GRCA Administration Office and one at the Ganaraska Forest Centre (GFC).

Proposed Public Open Houses

Open House details subject to change

Tues., Jul. 30, 2024
3:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Ganaraska Forest Centre
10585 Cold Springs Camp Rd.,
Campbellcroft, ON

Wed., Jul. 31, 2024
3:30 PM to 6:30 PM

GRCA Administration Office
2216 County Rd. 28,
Port Hope, ON

For questions or additional information, please contact the GRCA at 905.885.8173, Mon.–Fri. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact Information

Administration Office

2216 County Road 28
Port Hope, ON L1A 3V8

T: 905.885.8173
F: 905.885.9824

Ganaraska Forest Centre

10585 Cold Springs Camp Road
Campbellcroft, ON L0A 1B0

T: 905.885.8173
F: 905.797.2545

About GRCA Conservation Lands

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) owns 4,648 hectares (11,486 acres) of land both inside and out of the GRCA jurisdiction, representing approximately 5 per cent of the watershed area.

The need to protect land, through securement has always been a focus of the GRCA, with a priority of managing natural hazards and the preservation of natural heritage features and functions.

GRCA lands also contribute to the local and regional natural heritage system and include natural features such as forests, tallgrass prairie, Provincially Significant Wetlands, watercourses, the Lake Ontario and Rice Lake shorelines, and the Oak Ridges Moraine. Lands owned by the GRCA also include natural hazards (e.g. floodplains, erosive soils, valleys).