Downed Trees at Jeffrey Cowan Forest Preserve

Kawartha Land Trust Trails Update: May 31, 2022

Kawartha Land Trust’s land stewardship team has been working hard in the aftermath of the May 21 storm to assess the damage the strong winds caused to KLT properties. Our team of staff and volunteers have been clearing downed and leaning trees from our trails to ensure they are available again [...]

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Jeffrey-Cowan after May 21, 2022 storm

Regrow Forests in the Kawarthas — Give Now

A massive storm, officially called a derecho, slammed into the Kawarthas on Saturday, May 21, 2022. Some of the forests you protected with your past support have been badly damaged. The Jeffrey-Cowan Forest Preserve, home to a section of the Stony Lake Trails, has experienced widespread damage — hundreds of trees [...]

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Downed trees on KLT Trail

KLT Trail Access Update

Kawartha Land Trust's trails are closed until further notice because of downed trees from the storm on Saturday, May 21, 2022. Please refrain from accessing KLT trails at this time as they may be unsafe due to fallen trees, limbs and other wind-related damage. We will provide an update on trail access [...]

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Hayden Wilson in front of bags of pulled Purple Loosestrife

Managing Invasive Species in Kawarthas

Hayden Wilson, Land Stewardship Coordinator Kawartha Land Trust (KLT) actively manages six invasive plant species and monitors for one invasive insect species across our protected properties.Each species poses a different challenge for KLT’s stewardship team depending on the species’ pervasiveness across the landscape, its lifecycle, and the rate of spread and [...]

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Jason Smyrlis at John Earle Chase Memorial Park

Frog Song: Listening for the Western Chorus Frog

On a bright and sunny day in early May, Kawartha Land Trust (KLT) volunteer Jason Smyrlis conducted a Western Chorus Frog (WCF) survey at John Earle Chase Memorial Park along the shores of Gannon's Narrows in Trent Lakes.A KLT volunteer since 2015, Jason noted that species monitoring is an important [...]

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Red Trillium

Ontario Land Trust Alliance & Kawartha Land Trust: A 20-Year Partnership

KLT 20th Anniversary Series Marnie Clement, KLT Volunteer Just after Kawartha Land Trust (KLT) was created 20 years ago it became one of the founding members of Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA). OLTA connects the land conservation community by sharing knowledge and best practices, reducing financial barriers to land conservation, promoting organizational excellence, sharing [...]

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Pearl Andrew at Dance Nature Sanctuary

Fast Forests: Rapid Reforestation at Kawartha Land Trust’s Dance Nature Sanctuary Using the Miyawaki Method

On Friday, May 6, 2022, Kawartha Land Trust (KLT) staff and volunteers carried out an experimental tree-planting technique known as the “Miyawaki Method” at KLT’s Dance Nature Sanctuary in Lakefield, Ontario.The Miyawaki Method, which was created by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki, relies on a high diversity of native plant and [...]

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Kawartha Land Trust land stewardship inventory technicians Veronica Price-Jones and Lexi Armstrong canoe through Stony Lake's Gilchrist Bay on their last day of shoreline assessment in September 2021. (Veronica Price-Jones/KLT)

Leading-Edge Environmental Work Conducted on Stony and Clear Lake Shorelines 

Kawartha Land Trust teamed up with the Environment Council for Clear, Stony and White Lakes to conduct an impressive shoreline assessment and mapping project — the results of which will vastly improve conservation efforts in the region. While 2021 was another unprecedented year due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the teams [...]

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Kawartha Land Trust (KLT): 2022 Strategic Planning Consultation

Help guide the next eight years of KLT’s conservation work in the Kawarthas. Kawartha Land Trust (KLT) is currently working on its next strategic plan, which will help define KLT’s focus for the next eight years. In our 20-year history, KLT and its donors, volunteers, and supporters have protected 4,800 acres of [...]

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