Tree Seedling Sale is now open

*from the Kawartha Conservation website 

DECEMBER 21, 2021 – Kawartha Conservation’s 2022 Seedling Sale is now open, offering a great selection of evergreen and deciduous trees, as well as shrubs and several advancing species that are not currently found in the Kawartha Watershed, but are migrating from the south as the climate warms and the Kawarthas become a more suitable habitat for new species.

The seedling sale is open to landowners throughout the Kawartha Conservation watershed, which includes portions of Kawartha Lakes, Trent Lakes, Brock and Scugog Townships, Clarington, and Cavan Monaghan.

“The seedling sale is a great opportunity for landowners across the watershed to improve the biodiversity of their property while making a positive impact on the environment,” said Taylor Frederick, Kawartha Conservation’s Forestry Technician. “New forest growth can help mitigate climate change by creating carbon sinks that absorb more carbon than they release, which is a great step forward in the fight against climate change.”

For watershed residents with open areas, coniferous trees (evergreens) can be some of the easiest species to grow, generally in areas with lots of sun and wind exposure. It is recommended if you are planting a large number of trees, that you plant 70-80% coniferous trees. 

Deciduous trees, or trees that lose their leaves in the fall, are generally less hardy during the seedling stage, and prefer areas of low exposure. An already forested area is a great place to plant additional deciduous seedlings. With extra care and protection, they can be nurtured to become large, beautiful shade trees. 

Shrubs, typically shorter than trees, offer a great way to provide diversity and habitat on your property. They are an option where hydro wires and other overhead utilities are a concern. 

“We are thankful for the support of Forests Ontario for this sale, who subsidize a portion of the cost per seedling,” said Frederick. “Through them, we are able to help landowners make their property, greener, healthier, and more sustainable for years to come.”

Landowners can contribute to the health of our watershed by establishing and managing forest cover through our low-cost seedling sale. The seedlings can be ordered and paid for online at any time through our online order form and will be available for pickup at Ken Reid Conservation Area on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, 2022.

The deadline for tree seedling orders is Friday, March 18, 2022.

For more information on the tree seedling sale, planting or species information, contact Taylor Frederick by email at [email protected] or by phone at 705-328-2271 ext. 249.

Fireworks – Love ’em or Hate ’em

Editorial by Cat Medici, President, Sturgeon Point Association

Is it just me or does it seem like there are more private fireworks displays these days?  Every occasion seems to be a cause worthy of celebrating with pretty explosives: it’s a holiday, it’s a weekend, Sandra got a promotion, little Joey took his first steps… 

There was a time that I looked forward to fireworks; a time when we got to see them twice a year, at Victoria Day and Canada Day.  Now I shake my head every time I see them across the lake or coming from my neighbourhood park on a seemingly uneventful day.  Not because I’m against fireworks but because it has become too much. 

What has also recently come into my awareness is how fireworks, especially large fireworks displays, affects wildlife.  I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner, because my own dog shakes and finds a place to hide deep in the basement when he hears fireworks.  I consider myself a smart, empathetic person and I never made the connection that wildlife may respond as negatively as my dog. 

Ontario Nature Magazine has a blog about fireworks written by Enid Mallory called “Protecting Ontario’s Lakes From Fireworks” that was published in advance of NYE.   

I’m not advocating for a total fireworks ban on behalf of myself or as the voice of SPA.  I am advocating for education on all things environment so people can make educated choices about issues that affect the welfare of the Kawartha Lakes and broader environment.  There will always be opinions on both sides that can be backed up or refuted with studies and facts and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. 

Love ’em or hate ’em, it’s definitely a subject to think about.

New Look and Feel for the SPA Web Site

You may have noticed a slightly new look to our web site. As promised, we’ve started on our task of updating the site’s features and functions. We’re working on a number of things over the winter so that the site can be more useful to our community. Part of that upgrade includes a new calendar page. Other features will be pointed out in posts like this as we roll them out.  

I invite anyone who has any suggestions or comments about what they’d like to see on the web site to submit them via email to [email protected]. I promise that we’ll read them all.

New sturgeonpoint.com

Welcome to the new site for sturgeonpoint.com. The Sturgeon Point Association is working to improve communications with our membership. To do this we have moved the website to a new framework called WordPress. The first change you will notice is that all the latest information on SPA, community news and events will all be found on the front page. The site is also much easier to update so that we can get information out to you in a quicker manner and from various sources. As always we would love to hear from you. You can leave comments on any posting on the site to share your thoughts. If you have suggestions on improving the site then please let us know.