© 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.


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.


Owen Sound Family Teams up with GSCA to Offset their Carbon Footprint!

June 2nd, 2021

For Immediate Release
Owen Sound Family Teams up with GSCA to Offset their Carbon Footprint!
Conversations with his youngest son inspired Jeff Graham to consider ways to reduce his family’s impact on
climate change. “As an engineer, I wanted to know the basic data such as what our average carbon emissions
are. And what we could do to reduce our carbon footprint” said Jeff Graham. After some research, the carbon
absorption capacity of trees seemed like an accessible and cost-effective place to start!
His initial research also indicated that wealthy countries, like Canada, have much higher carbon dioxide (CO2)
emissions, per person, than people living in developing countries. According to Graham, “It struck me that
Canadians have a moral duty to take responsibility for their emissions, and if affordable, help pay to reduce or
offset their carbon emissions”.

Given that each Canadian produces about 20 metric tons of CO2 per year and a young growing tree absorbs
around 20 kilograms of CO2 per year; Graham calculated that 6,000 trees would need to be planted to help
offset the carbon footprint of a family of six. The Graham’s did not let the space limitations of their urban lot in
Owen Sound stop them and, instead, they contacted Grey Sauble Conservation Authority (GSCA) with their
plan and to help make the tree planting project a reality.
The Graham’s financial donation will now fund the planting of over 6,000 trees on two GSCA properties this
spring – Isaac Lake in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula and Griersville in the Municipality of Meaford. Both
projects will be completed by GSCA staff with some assistance from the Graham family. The native tree
species planted will remove CO2, improve soil retention across the watershed and, in combination with ongoing
tree planting by GSCA, help increase resilience to the impacts of flooding, drought and severe weather events.
This tree planting project will also help restore and increase forest cover, create more wildlife habitat, and
improve water quality.
“This is a fantastic act by the Graham family! By working together, we can all help mitigate the impacts of
climate change and planting trees is great way to start” said Michael Fry, Forestry Coordinator at GSCA.
The trees were selected based on growing needs such as soil type and moisture requirements and it is
intended that they will grow for at least the next 80 years. The benefits of this generous donation from the
Graham family will be felt for many generations to come!
To find out more about tree planting efforts at Grey Sauble Conservation visit:
If you are interested in offsetting your carbon footprint through tree planting, contact:
For more information about this project: Graham Family Tree Planting and Carbon Sequestering Project


For more information:
Mike Fry, Forestry Coordinator
Email: m.fry@greysauble.on.ca
Our vision is a healthy watershed environment in balance with the needs of society.
Our mission, in partnership with the stakeholders of the watershed, is to promote and undertake sustainable
management of renewable natural resources and to provide responsible leadership to enhance biodiversity
and environmental awareness.

Open PDF here: https://www.greysauble.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/MEDIA_RELEASE_GRAHAM_PLANT_JUNE2_2021.pdf

2021 Summer Day Camp Announcement

Unfortunately, GSCA will not be offering summer day camp in 2021 due to COVID-19 related obstacles. 

GSCA remains committed to providing quality, safe day camp programming and we look forward to offering this in the future!

We are grateful for the support of our day camp community and would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this time.

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Promote your local business in our 2021 Explore Guide and support important conservation work at the same time!

For more information, rates, and booking deadlines, see our Media Kit.

MEDIA RELEASE (March 17, 2021): A Good News Story from the Inglis Falls Arboretum Alliance

If you are not familiar with the Inglis Falls Arboretum located on Inglis Falls Road just south of the City of Owen Sound, you are missing out!

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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.

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.


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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