© 2021 — Grey Sauble Conservation Authority

Grey Sauble Conservation Authority believes in a healthy watershed environment in balance with the needs of society.

As one of 36 Conservation Authorities established in the Province of Ontario under the Conservation Authorities Act we have made it our mission, in partnership with the stakeholders of the watershed, to promote and undertake sustainable management of renewable natural resources and to provide responsible leadership to enhance biodiversity and environmental awareness. 

Grey Sauble Conservation Authority employs a team of experts who are passionate about protecting, managing and conserving our natural resources and habitats and sharing their appreciation and understanding of the environment with others. 


Parking fees contribute to trail & grounds maintenance and protection, as well as tax payments for the 28,000 acres of natural areas that we own in Grey & Bruce Counties. They also go to ammenities such as washrooms, bridges, parking areas and pavilions.

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GSCA owns and manages 11,734 hectares (28,995 acres) of land throughout its 3,191 square kilometre (1,983 square mile) jurisdiction.

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At the GSCA we believe that time spent in nature has countless benefits for children that will last a lifetime, which is why the program allows campers to be outside exploring the environment around us!

If you are planning on building, changing the existing grade, adding or removing material if you are near a river, stream, lake, shoreline, wetland or slope, you may need a permit for these activities.

Our staff are experienced, certified and licenced to provide services that benefit you and your property. Check out more information about forestry services, tree orders and our annual tree sale.

Click to view publications such as Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, Audit Statements, By-Laws and Applications forms.

Check out our employment opportunities.

GSCA charges fees for various services and programs. These include planning and permit fees, parking fees, mapping and forestry services.

Donations are greatly appreciated and help GSCA to undertake their important programs and maintain the beautiful properties that they own.

RECENT NEWS

The EMERALD ASH BORER is here!

DO NOT MOVE FIREWOOD

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The Emerald Ash Borer Working Group advises residents of, and visitors to, the Grey, Bruce, Saugeen, and Sauble areas to not move firewood.
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a highly destructive insect pest of Ash trees. The greatest risk of spreading the EAB is through the movement of Ash forest products such as firewood and logs. A single piece of firewood can destroy a million trees. Everyone is encouraged to help slow the infestation to protect Ontario’s trees and forests. Do Not Move Wood.
If you own an Ash Tree that you would like to protect contact your local forestry professional or licensed arborist for treatment advice.
To learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer infestation visit www.inspection.gc.ca/pests.
This Public Service Announcement is from the Counties of Bruce and Grey, City of Owen Sound, Grey Sauble Conservation Authority, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Parks Canada, and Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority. For more information or interviews, please contact:

Cam Bennett at Grey Sauble Conservation Authority  519 376-3076 ext 225 or
email c.bennett@greysauble.on.ca  or
Anne Lennox at a.lennox@greysauble.on.ca   519-376-3076 ext.232
Donna Lacey at Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority – 519-369-7516
Kevin Predon at County of Bruce – 519-270-0748

Community Foundation Grey Bruce approves Grant for HIBOU Boardwalk

Friends of Hibou are excited to continue working on the Boardwalk at the Hibou hiking trail with the help and support of a $2,000 grant from the Community Foundation Grey Bruce.

The Friends of Hibou were established in 2013 to help maintain and upgrade Hibou Conservation Area.   This spring, Grey Sauble Conservation and the Friends of Hibou submitted an application to replace 200 ft of existing boardwalk at Hibou Conservation Area. The existing boardwalk is over 20 years old and is in need of replacement to maintain the wetland trails in a safe condition. The project is requesting funding to assist with purchasing materials for the boardwalk. The new boardwalk will be assembled and installed by Conservation staff and Friends of Hibou volunteers.

Just over four kilometres of trails are used by the general public and replacing the boardwalk will ensure the trail stays open and safe for visitors.   Hibou also offers over 2 kilometers of shoreline to explore!!

For More Information about Community Foundation Grey Bruce, please contact:

Wendy Bachiu, Grant & Scholarship Co-ordinator

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www.communityfoundationgreybruce.com

Established in 1994, Community Foundation Grey Bruce builds community vitality now and for future generations by encouraging endowment building and facilitating philanthropic partnerships within Grey and Bruce Counties. The Foundation provides grants to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations who in turn, provide necessary initiatives and services for the people of this region. Additionally, the Foundation provides leadership in identifying community issues and convening discussion.

 

 

Twenty Years in the Making – planting a living legacy

In 1995, the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation had a vision of creating a Memorial Forest Program. Through the support of Downs & Son, George Funeral Home and many hundreds of families, today over 2,000 trees have been planted in memory of a loved one. This year 189 trees were purchased and planted by volunteers for the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation at three different Memorial Forest sites: Big Mud Lake Management Area in Wiarton, Pottawatomi Conservation Area outside of Owen Sound and Griersville Management Area south of Meaford. Each site welcomes you with a small trail, bench and sign hosting all the names that have had a tree planted in their memory.

On June 14th, five hundred people are expected to attend the dedication ceremony held at the Grey Sauble Conservation Administration Centre for the families and donors of the memorial trees that have been purchased in the past year. At the end of the ceremony, one commemorative tree is dedicated in the Arboretum to mark the occasion and represents all of the trees planted that year at all three Memorial Forest Sites.

The vision of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation and the once empty fields are now a living memorial in memory of our loved ones, a place for our future generations and where you can find
peace, quiet reflection and remembrance.

Congratulations on building a forest and providing a living legacy for our loved ones!

Krista McKee
Community Relations Coordinator
519 376-3076 ext 224

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Property Closures:

    • – Eugenia Falls is now closed for the fall/winter season 
    • – Indian Falls is closed due to flooding on the trails. 

Please read Visiting Conservation Areas for important info.

***PLANNING AND PERMITS SERVICE INTERRUPTION ADVISORY***
Please note that we are currently operating at a temporarily reduced capacity while also experiencing a high number of applications and inquiries to our Environmental Planning Department at this time. Please use our contact form only for inquiries related to planning and development permits. Inquiries must include all requested information for a response by a planning staff member.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

The GSCA office is open again to the public. The lobby will be open between 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm (Monday-Friday) for individuals to drop off items, pick up any necessary materials, and to pay for services. COVID-19 self-screening will be required prior to entering the building and masks are mandatory. Meetings with staff will be by appointment only starting on October 18, 2021.

Some GSCA staff will be working remotely and may not have access to office phones.

Please utilize email or website contact forms (for planning and development permit related inquiries) as the most reliable way to reach our staff at this time.

Visit this link for more information about visiting properties during COVID-19.  Please visit this link for ongoing updates related to COVID-19.

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