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Friday, March 18, 2011

Simcoe Ice conditions deteriorating

South Simcoe police is warning the public about deteriorating ice conditions on Lake Simcoe.

As a result of the recent milder weather, the possibility of open water exists on parts of Lake Simcoe and surrounding rivers and streams. Police are warning the public that lakes and streams are not safe.

Remember, no ice or body of water is ever completely safe, according to police. Any individual enjoying recreational activities near a body of water must make a personal

decision to do so, realizing that there is a degree of risk associated with this choice. It is crucial that citizens take individual responsibility in evaluating the dangers of any recreational activity. If you make smart, educated choices on safety, accidents can be prevented.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

arcel of private Uxbridge land donated to conservation authority

Parcel of private Uxbridge land donated to conservation authority

'Ecologically significant' key wetland natural habitat for wildlife
Mar 01, 2011 - 02:39 PM
UXBRIDGE -- A recent property donation by an Uxbridge landowner will go a long way to protect Lake Simcoe and wildlife in the region, said a local conservation authority.

The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority recently announced it had received a donation of 10 hectares (25 acres) of "significant forest, ravine and wetland area" in northeast Uxbridge.

The "ecologically significant" land will help provide cleaner drinking water in Lake Simcoe, operate as a flood plain by slowing and absorbing spring run-off and provide a breeding habitat for wildlife, said Kevin Kennedy of the authority.

The area is mostly undisturbed by human activity and is home to muskrats, common snipes, least bitterns, waterfowl and several species of frogs.

Mr. Kennedy said the recent acquisition, which is situated close to the Herrema property in Leaskdale, will provide a link to other parcels of protected land in the area already owned by the conservation authority and Toronto Field Naturalists.

"This ensures the public and the conservation authority can protect it in perpetuity and keep it natural," he said.

By making the ecological gift, the landowner was also eligible for a charitable tax credit, added Mr. Kennedy.