© 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.

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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

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

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.

 

 

Work to Begin on the Owen Sound Mill Dam

Update – Mill Dam project extended, closed until January 31, 2016
The Conservation Authority is planning on completing long awaited concrete repairs to the Owen Sound Mill Dam. As a result, the gates will be raised immediately after the Thanksgiving weekend to allow the contractor to start the work. Water levels will drop but may fluctuate up and down depending on the amount of rain we receive this fall.

The contractor will be installing a temporary small dam behind the existing main gates so that the work area will be dry. All flows will be directed to the Mill Race and fishway. We are hopeful that the work can be completed by the end of November but it will be weather dependent.

Fish will still be able to migrate through the fishway. Unfortunately, in order to maintain a safe and secure work area, the access over the dam will be closed. The wooden deck will be removed and eventually replaced. No one will be allowed in this area.

If you wish to be kept up to date with this project or want to be informed regarding operations of the Mill Dam, contact John Bittorf (Water Resources Coordinator) by email j.bittorf@greysauble.on.ca and he will add you to our Mill Dam email list. All emails are kept confidential and you can remove your email at any time.

Grey Sauble Conservation
237897 Inglis Falls Road
Owen Sound, Ontario  N4K 5N6

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1450 1st Avenue West, Suite 101
Owen Sound, Ontario  N4K 5W3
519-376-7612 ext. 13259

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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.

    ***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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