Our Restoration Project Specialists are still accepting
funding applications. We encourage our landowners to utilize our online services and our specialists will review plans and sites remotely and provide any responses or inspections digitally if possible. If required, we will conduct site visits as long as the landowner permits us to access to the property without personal contact with individuals or the need to access touchpoints such as gates.
We're continuing to evaluate the situation and determine how best to proceed with spring community events. We have not made any final decisions regarding the cancellation or postponement of these events in this rapidly changing context. We'll be taking our cues from the Public Health authorities and their recommendations and will provide updates via email and on this page once this information has been finalized. Your patience is appreciated as we navigate what this means for our community partners, the trees we've ordered, and all the plans put in place so far. If you have any specific questions, please reach out to us at
Full Service Planting
At this time, the forestry team is proceeding with our usual tree planting preparations. We are always interested in pursuing new opportunities and will also continue to schedule
site visits for late summer. Please contact us at
forestry@LSRCA.on.ca for specific inquiries as they may relate to COVID-19 concerns.
DIY Tree Seedling Sale Pickup Day
At this point in time the seedling sale pickup day is happening. We are now determining when it can happen and focusing on what precautions we need to take for the safety of our staff and you, our clients. Please check this page for updates. We will also email our customers with details.
Conservation Areas CLOSED during COVID-19, effective immediately
Effective immediately, all of our Conservation Areas are closed until further notice.
This includes the following
- Scanlon Creek, Bradford
- Sheppard's Bush, Aurora
- Thornton Bales, King
- Rogers Reservoir, East Gwillimbury
- Whitchurch, Stouffville
- Durham Regional Forest, south and west of Uxbridge
- Beaver River Wetlands, between Uxbridge and Cannington
- Wesley Brooks (Fairy Lake), Newmarket
Stay safe by observing our closures.
Due to the non-essential nature of our conservation areas, we are no longer able to maintain trails, hazard trees and undertake other non-essential services during COVID-19.
This difficult decision was made in support of legislation put in place by the province to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our watershed residents as safe as possible throughout this trying time.
We hope that taking these steps now means we can get back to enjoying these trails and green areas again soon. We'll post any changes to this closure on this webpage, as well as on our social media channels. Thank you for your understanding as we all do our part to flatten the curve of this virus.
Because we know that the outdoors, fresh air, sunshine and all the sounds, smells and sights of nature are so therapeutic and mood boosting, we do encourage you to find ways to still get outside and enjoy nature as you can.
- In an apartment, open up those windows or use your balcony.
- In a home with a yard, no matter how small, put out a chair and sit outside.
- Walking around your neighbourhood is still permitted, so long as you keep your distance from others.
And did you know that even watching nature from your phone or TV can help? We're working to bring you some neat activities that anyone can do. Check us out on
March 19 - Conservation Areas
All of our
Conservation Areas will continue to be open to the public, dawn until dusk, until further notice. We encourage you visit some greenspace for your physical and mental health during COVID-19.
To ensure any and all individuals and families access these outdoor spaces, we are waiving our parking fees. Enjoy these spots free of charge!
During COVID-19 using our conservation areas safely includes:
- Staying home if you are sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick
- Enjoying the conservation area alone or with your immediate family. In keeping with Public Health recommendations, we strongly discourage gatherings of groups of people.
- Using the trails safely by keeping a distance of two arms lengths (6 ft / 2 m) between yourself and other visitors, otherwise known as practicing social distancing.
- Use your loo before you visit, washroom facilities will be unavailable during this time.
For other ways on preparing for your visit, check out the official rules.
Need some more inspiration on ways to enjoy yourself in nature? Tune in to our
Facebook channel as our outdoor experts are gearing up to feature things to do and ways to see your outdoor world like never before. Special kids activities too!
As the situation caused by COVID-19 continues to evolve, we have made the decision to close our offices beginning March 17, 2020. Although the office will be closed, we will continue to operate remotely.
This means that staff will be available by telephone to assist you as necessary and
essential services such as flood forecasting and monitoring will continue.
Staff in our planning and development department will also be able to assist with electronic permit and development submissions. Please refer to the following points for reference on how we will be proceeding in the interim period.
- Submissions of material, files or supporting documentation can be made digitally to your respective contact or please use
- Submissions via courier or mail will continue to be accepted unless these respective services are suspended. These will be sorted and staff will pick up submissions once a week.
- A drop-box will be installed in the front vestibule of the LSRCA head office at 120 Bayview Parkway. Submissions/material can be dropped off at anytime after March 18.
- Staff will be available to participate in conference calls, regular phone calls and/or virtual meetings.
- Staff will not be able to attend external meetings during this time.
- Permits will be issued electronically via email.
- All correspondence issued will be electronic.
- Payments will be still be processed. We are working on an approach for routine permit fees to be paid either via phone or online. This will be communicated in more detail with applicants.
Our Conservation Areas will continue to be open to the public. Please continue to stay diligent and practice social distancing while you enjoy the fresh air.
While we anticipate reopening our offices on Monday, April 6, we will continue monitoring this situation closely and will provide updates as needed.
We thank you for your patience and cooperation as we navigate through this unprecedented event.
With growing concerns around COVID-19, we want to provide you with an update on our commitment moving forward. The health, safety and well-being of our staff and visitors is our top priority and we are following the lead of our local public health units, as well as provincial and federal health officials.
We are committed to providing a safe environment and are actively taking steps to protect our staff, clients and the broader community. We have increased the frequency of our cleaning and cancelled upcoming programs such as March Break Camp and Family Forest Friday.
To protect yourself and others, we ask that anyone who is feeling unwell avoid visiting our offices.
Instead, please contact us by phone or email:
We will continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide updates as needed.