© 2021 — Grey Sauble Conservation Authority

Grey Sauble Conservation is one of 36 Conservation Authorities established in the Province of Ontario under the Conservation Authorities Act (R.S.O. 1990). 

Grey Sauble Conservation is a community-based environmental agency which owns and manages 11,734 hectares (28,995 acres) of some of the most scenic and environmentally sensitive lands in Grey and Bruce Counties.

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.


Georgian Bay

Lake Huron

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

For information on Pavilion Rentals go here.

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.


Property Closure: Keppel Forest Management Area, Compartment 78

Keppel Forest Management Area – Compartment 78
Concession 19, Lot 7 Township of Georgian Bluffs (former Keppel Township), Grey County

Keppel Forest Management Area (Compartment 78) will be closed starting Aug 11, 2021 and
anticipated to be reopened November 1, 2021 due to a scheduled plantation thinning operation.

All trails are closed on this property for the safety of the public.

The goal of Grey Sauble Conservation Authority’s (GSCA) Forest Management Program is to
maintain healthy, diverse forest ecosystems which will provide many environmental, ecological, social
and cultural benefits. The harvest operation, identified in our Forest Management Plan, will involve
removal of trees to improve and maintain the health of the residual forest. The trees to be removed
are carefully selected based on their vigour and quality. Wildlife habitat features such as stick nests,
cavity trees and mast trees area retained to provide food and shelter for wildlife.

Wood from this harvest will provide lumber, renewable energy, and firewood. Revenues generated by
this operation support the conservation efforts of GSCA and the local economy.

The results of this stand improvement operation will be a healthy, diverse ecosystem that provides
forest products, valuable wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities for the residents of our

This operation is consistent with GSCA’s mandate to further the conservation, restoration,
development and management of natural resources.

For further information about this closure and the stand improvement operation please contact GSCA
at 519-376-3076 or forestry@greysauble.on.ca.

View this information as a PDF here.

Property Closure: Skinners Marsh-McNab Lake Management Area – Compartment 109

Skinners Marsh-McNab Lake Management Area (Compartment 109) will be closed due to a scheduled plantation thinning operation starting July 28, 2021 and is anticipated to reopened on November 1, 2021.

Request for Proposal – Program Rates and Fees Review

GSCA is interested in retaining consulting services to complete a comprehensive review of its
Environmental Planning Department program rates and fees to ensure costs are being fully
recovered and to provide recommendations on updates to program rates and fees and the
associated principles and policies for the fees charged, such that GSCA can offer an enhanced
level of service while meeting cost recovery goals.

Media Release: Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation Awards 2021 Scholarship

July 8, 2021

For Immediate Release

The Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation awards an annual $1000 scholarship to a graduating secondary school student entering a post-secondary program in an environmental or resource management related field. The scholarship is named in honour of Malcolm Kirk, who passed away in 2012. Mr. Kirk was instrumental in acquiring 80% of the lands that Grey Sauble Conservation Authority owns and manages today.

This year, the recipient of the Malcolm Kirk Environmental Scholarship is Janna Wardell, a student from Owen Sound District Secondary School who will be pursuing post-secondary education in Environmental Engineering at the University of Guelph.

In the recommendation letter for this scholarship, Janna is described by one of her high school teachers as a highly deserving individual who “always demonstrated an excellent work ethic, and as a result was always successful at achieving her goals. Her positive attitude and inquisitive nature were a wonderful addition to the class.” Janna is also an outstanding athlete and a valuable member of many school and community teams, including skiing, mountain biking, lacrosse, and hockey.

Janna’s future goals are to have a career in the field of water resources and environmental protection, and she plans to continue supporting her community after finishing university. “When I graduate, I hope to return to the Grey Bruce area to live and work. This is a wonderful area, and I would love to keep it healthy for future generations” Janna Wardell.

Each year through an application process, students may apply for this valuable scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a graduating student in the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority watershed who plans to enter an environmental program at a college or university. The deadline for applications for next year’s scholarship is May 31, 2022.

For more information:

Don Sankey, Chair
Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation


Open PDF here: https://www.greysauble.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Grey-Sauble-Conservation-Foundation-Awards-2021-Scholarship_JULY-8-2021.pdf

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Hibou Conservation Area is OPEN. Grey Road 15 is closed between Owen Sound and Hibou Conservation Area which is currently accessible from the North via Leith.

Property Closures:

  • Indian Falls is closed due to flooding on the trails. 
  • Kemble Mountain Management Area (Compartment 71 & 73); Keppel Forest Management Area (Compartment 78); and Skinners Marsh-McNab Lake Management Area are closed for a scheduled forestry operations.
  • Please read Visiting Conservation Areas During COVID-19 for important info.

    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.


Please note that due to concerns regarding COVID-19, GSCA has closed its Administrative Office to the public.  During this time, 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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