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​​​​​​​​​​Lake Simcoe Conse​rvation Matters

ConservationMatters_newsletter_Apr2018_Flooding_FINAL_Page_1.jpgConservation Matters is a series of newsletters written by our team and published in Lake Simcoe Living.

Put Your Lawn Out to Pasture

​Volume 13, Summer 2021

Picture a meadow. What do you see? Acres of fields with knee-high grasses and colourful wildflowers swaying with the breeze? The sweet sound of birds singing and the buzz of insects flitting about? Perhaps you picture Julie Andrews frolicking on a mountain top? 

But while a meadow may serve as backdrop to scenes in the iconic movie, The Sound of Music, it's the headline act for hundreds of plant and animal species.​

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Dams: A Learning Opportunity

​Volume 12, Spring 2021

When the settlers came to this land, they also brought with them their ideas of progress. They saw fast flowing rivers and in many communities around our watershed, set up mills at the rivers edge. Dams became a requirement for the new operations and way of life. In more recent his​tory, dam-building continued to assist with controlling river flows in predictable ways – mostly for electricity generation or flood protection. We also centered communities around them. We enjoyed the views, the paddles, the memories.

Fast forward to 2021. We've learned so much.

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How I Made Friends with Winter

​Volume 11, Winter 2020

For years, I begrudgingly “put up with" winter, complaining to myself and anyone who'd listen about how I couldn't wait for spring. Then one day I decided, enough is enough! Since winter is such a huge part of our Canadian climate, and clearly my years of complaining weren't making a difference, why not change my perspective instead?​​

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Grow Your Own Birdfeeder

​Volume 10, Fall 2020

Birdfeeders are one of the most common ways we attract birds to our yards, but did you know there’s another way? It includes improving your yard’s “nature” potential and all you have to do is plant a native garden. Native plants offer a lot more than just birds. They are an integral component to a healthy functioning ecosystem. 

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What is a Watershed?

Volume 9, Summer 2020

A sprinkle, a pitter-patter, a gentle shower, a battering storm or the trickling melt of snow - this is the story of water’s journey to the heart of our watershed: Lake Simcoe.

We think it’s important to understand two things – first, what a watershed is, and second, how water travels through our watershed. We know that when we understand this journey, we can make better decisions to protect how our environment functions.

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Forestry (and a Forester) at LSRCA​

Volume 8, Spring 2020

Grrrrrrrrr, the sound of the chainsaw and other cutting equipment pierces through the otherwise silent fall forest. The crack of the wood and the felling of another tree is a little talked about part of our work in forest management at LSRCA. After all, isn’t a conservation authority all about preserving trees, planting more and safeguarding their future?

In this article, we highlight LSRCA Forester, Cory Byron, offer a glimpse into the history of forestry in Canada, and share some reflections from Cory’s youth.​

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Winter Walkers​

Volume 7, Winter 2020

While you’re hiking out there in the wintry wonderland of a conservation area​ – usually a hop, skip and jump away from home – or observing the cool changes in your backyard, take some time to play detective and closely explore that newly fallen snow. Even if you never spot an actual animal, you can still figure out who crossed your path, who left that snowy pattern near your garden bed, and who dashed off into the woods.

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He's One in a Million

Volume 6, Autumn 2019

When it comes to the environment, they say one person can’t make a difference. Our problems seem too large to be solved. But that’s just looking at the problems from the wrong perspective. Our small actions do add up and the difference one person can make is tremendous. 

​​Paul Cottenden is a shining example of how someone’s actions, taken over the course of decades, has made an immense contribution to this planet. 

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Nature Nurtures

Volume 5, Summer 2019

​As many of us know, there’s a strong connection between reduced levels of anxiety and spending time in nature. In this issue we highlight the role that Scanlon Creek Conservation Area, located in Bradford West Gwillimbury, plays in both community recreation opportunities and our outdoor education programs.​​

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Managing Forests in a Time of Climate Change

​Volume 4, Spring 2019

​LSRCA has planted the seeds of persistence to manage our watershed’s forests in an era of climate change. We may be able to weather the current storms but we still need to dig deep to better understand the threats our forests face in the future. By acting today, we’re hoping to adapt to climate change tomorrow.

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Microplastics are the Last Straw!

​Volume 3, Winter 2019

Every minute of every day a garbage truck’s worth of plastic enters the ocean. Microplastics including microbeads and other plastic pollution have not only floated into our oceans and fresh water systems, they’ve drifted into media headlines and seeped into our consciousness over the past 15 years. 

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Nature is an Art Gallery

Volume 2, Fall 2018

​​Ephemeral Art, or Earth Art, is an art movement that became popular in the 1960s. Ephemeral artists work exclusively with natural materials to create works of art from debris such as leaves, rocks and even ice, sand or snow. Because of this art form's transient nature – being made from natural materials that don’t necessarily last, the pieces are generally photographed. Today, many photographs from famous ephemeral artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and others hang in art galleries and museums around the world. 

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Let's Talk About Flooding

​Volume 1, Summer 2018

A study released last ​year reveals that Canadians are largely unaware of the risks posed by flooding. The report, Canadian Voices on Changing Flood Risk, surveyed 2,300 people living in flood risk zones across Canada and found that 94% of them didn’t know they were at risk. Do you know your risk of flooding?

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