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Notice of Public Open Houses: Draft Conservation Lands Strategy

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).

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Exciting news, discounted rain barrels available for 2024!

Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water and reduce costs on your property. In 2024, rain barrels are being offered in a variety of styles and price points through Order before June 17th to receive a $25* discount on each barrel, which will then be delivered directly to you.

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Sections of Single Track Trails Now Restored in Central Ganaraska Forest

As new trail development work continues, GRCA staff have restored approximately 4.5 km of single track trails for non-motorized, multi-use in the Central Ganaraska Forest. Looking to explore these trails? The GRCA is pleased to announce these trails have been added to the updated Ganaraska Forest Trails Map*. Users are encouraged to begin riding / hiking these sections as soon as possible to help them to continue to be re-established.

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Spring Newsletter 2024

Read about exciting news and upcoming events, as well as other important information directly from Ganaraska Conservation. Consider signing up for the newsletter to receive the email the day it releases.

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Spring Safety Statement: Stay Clear of Creeks, Ponds & Lakes

With spring weather arriving early this year, unsafe ice conditions and slippery stream banks already exist. Mild air temperatures and high flows from spring rains will continue to weaken any remaining ice cover. These hazardous conditions can cause life-threatening injury if a person falls into the extremely cold water.

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Multi-Use Activities Not at Risk in the Ganaraska Forest

With your input, new and expanded trail networks will be created in the Forest. The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is NOT closing trails to any existing user groups in the Ganaraska Forest. Despite misinformation circulating online, the GRCA remains committed to providing multi-use, recreational trails for ALL to enjoy, including both motorized and non-motorized activities.

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Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Announces New Chair For 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February 16, 2024 (Port Hope, ON) – The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) held their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, February 15th. The meeting began with Chair Mark Lovshin, Township of Hamilton, thanking the Board and staff for their dedication and support through a year of many successes and continued support for…

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Notice of Public Open House: Trail Modelling & Development in the Ganaraska Forest

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) owns and manages the 11,000-acre Ganaraska Forest. A recreational program is offered supporting multi-use activities on the property. The GRCA is using a Geographic Information System (GlS)-based method/model for determining new recreational trail locations, based on environmental factors, as well as user preferences for trail attributes. The GRCA will be hosting two public open houses seeking feedback on the environmental and trail user criteria that will be used by the GIS model to support new trail locations.

Spring Nature Nuts Camp being led by GRCA Education Staff

Calling All Nature Lovers!

The GRCA’s Nature Nuts March Break Camp is designed, planned and delivered by Ontario-certified Outdoor Education teaching staff. Campers aged 7 to 11 are invited to participate in a variety of hands-on activities, active games, group challenges, zany crafts and good-natured fun. Children learn how to survive in the great outdoors; design, construct and test structures, create messy science experiments, and so much more.

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Order Your Tree & Shrub Seedlings Today for Spring Planting

Through various partnerships with member municipalities and organizations, Ganaraska Conservation can help you put roots down! The GRCA is providing multiple ways for you to plant trees and shrubs in Spring 2024. In order to take full advantage of these programs, apply today for an April pick up at the GRCA.

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Winter Safety Statement: Exercise Caution Near All Waterways

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) reminds residents of dangers that can exist around waterways during winter runoff conditions and that individuals should exercise caution and keep family and pets at a safe distance from the water’s edge. Flood Potential: Low With an El-Nino event occasionally interrupted by a polar vortex, we can expect to experience…

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Notice of Public Information Centre: Durham Floodplain Mapping Update Study

Durham Region and the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) are working together to update floodplain mapping for several areas within the Municipality of Clarington. These areas include Lovekin, Bouchette Point and Port Granby Creeks, as well as the northwest portion of the Ganaraska River