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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.

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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.

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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

Low Water Response Team Announces End to Level 1 Drought

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 13th, 2016

LOW WATER RESPONSE TEAM ANNOUNCES END TO LEVEL 1 DROUGHT

Owen Sound, ON

With the return of normal rainfall patterns and the recovery of stream flows throughout much of our watersheds, our local Low Water Response Team has requested that Grey Sauble Conservation remove the “level 1” low water condition under the Province`s low water response program. The Team, consisting of representatives from local water user groups and Provincial water managers, has reviewed recent precipitation and stream flow data and concluded that the voluntary water restrictions are no longer necessary. Stream flows are still low for this time of year but they have recovered enough to lift them out of concern.

A level 1 condition exists when precipitation for the last three month period falls below 80% of average or stream flow falls below 70% of the lowest average summer flow. At present, stream flows are no longer below 70% and precipitation has been consistently above the 80% threshold since mid-August. The Authority will continue to monitor precipitation and streamflow and will notify the Water Response Team if conditions deteriorate.

 

For more information:

John Bittorf, Water Resources Coordinator Grey Sauble Conservation R.R.#4, 237897 Inglis Falls Road Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 5N6 519 376-3076 ext. 228

j.bittorf@greysauble.on.ca

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Level 1 Low Water Condition Statement

August 12, 2016

With below average rainfall over the last 4 months throughout much of our watersheds, our local Low Water Response Team has requested that Grey Sauble Conservation declare a “Level 1” low water condition under the Province`s low water response program.  The Team, consisting of representatives from water user groups, local and Provincal water managers, was brought together today to review the precipitation and stream flow data.  Although some areas received normal amounts of precipitation for July, most areas did not.

A Level 1 condition exists when precipitation for the last three month period falls below 80% of average or stream flow falls below 70% of the lowest average summer flow. At present, stream flows are not below 70% but they are dropping quickly. Precipitation has been consistently below the 80% threshold and is the main reason for the level 1 condition.

The Water Response Team is calling for a voluntary 10% reduction in water use throughout the watershed area until further notice. Non – essential use of water is being discouraged.

 The Team also noted that we lack on-line rain gauge data and are requesting residents to consider joining a volunteer rain reporting network.  The network is free to join.  Contact Grey Sauble CA for more details.

Continued dry weather could lead to an upgrading of the low water condition status to Level 2. Additional restrictions on water use may be necessary if this occurs.

The Authority will continue to monitor precipitation and streamflow and to report to the Water Response Team, as necessary, until low water level conditions no longer exists. Updates will be provided as conditions change.

Inglis Falls Conservation Area – Escarpment Discovery Centre has a new look

Interpretive panels from the Giant’s Rib are waiting for visitors.  Grey Sauble Conservation teamed up with the Giant’s Rib Discovery Centre to get the word out about the “Rib” (escarpment).    Last year Chris Hamilton from the Giant’s Rib contact us to see if we would be interested in being part of a network of Centres along the Escarpment, providing information about the “The Rib”.    Grey Sauble was eager to join in the network and offer information to over 30,000 visitors at Inglis Falls each year about the ancient seas, glaciers, The Bruce Trail and more!    Don’t forget to check out the glacial pot holes when you visit, just a 10 minute hike east from the Discovery Centre.    Visit http://www.giantsrib.ca/escarpment-discovery-centre-gets-a-facelift/ for more information about the Giants Rib Escarpment Education Network and Inglis Falls Discovery Centre video.

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

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Property Closures: No closures at this time! 

Please read Visiting Conservation Areas During COVID-19 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

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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