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An absolutely stunning 1.55-acre parcel on Long Lake has been added to the conservation lands fold! This property abuts Mica Mines and is part of the North Shore Big Rideau Lake provincially significant wetland. It’s home to important species at risk like whip-poor-wills and butternut trees. This thoughtful and generous donation from the von Mirbach family ensures this land will remain undeveloped and in its natural state in perpetuity. To support the maintenance and continued protection of our important conservation lands, donate to the Steve Simmering Conservation Land Endowment Fund. For more information contact DAN at .


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RVCF 50 Anniversary LogoRideau Valley Conservation Foundation Turns 50!
Established in 1970, the Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation (RVCF) has been working hard to protect and conserve the land and water of the Rideau River watershed. This year the RVCF celebrates a milestone — its 50th anniversary! RVCF is a registered environmental charity and prides itself on its partnerships with individuals, corporations, and groups caring for the local environment. It has been instrumental in raising funds and supporting in-the-field work of the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. Since 1994, $6.6 million has been raised to support a broad spectrum of work — from tree planting to boardwalk building, water quality monitoring to land acquisition and, so much more. The Foundation thanks its partners, supporters, donors, staff, and its board of director members for their help, dedication, and support over the years and looks forward to the next 50 years of philanthropy and conservation work. To learn more contact DIANE at .


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LANARK COUNTY, October 8, 2020 — The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) supports Lanark County’s commitment to plant one million trees through its landowner tree planting program. The RVCA’s program has helped landowners in watershed municipalities plant trees for over 27 years with technical advice, site preparation and planting of native seedlings. The program also offers substantial subsidized costs.

Climate and the environment are highlighted as Lanark County’s top five priorities this term and are an important part of its Climate Action Plan, which launched this past January. As part of the plan, the County launched its One Million Tree program which aims to plant one million trees over the next ten years.

“Each year the RVCA plants around 90,000 trees in Lanark County and that fits right in with the One Million Tree Program. RVCA’s programs are a great way to get more trees in the ground,” said Kurt Greaves, Lanark County’s Chief Administrative Officer. “Tree planting is a proven way to sequester carbon out of the atmosphere, which dovetails perfectly with our Climate Action Plan.”  

To participate, landowners need a minimum of one acre (0.4 hectares) and be willing to plant at least 1,000 trees. RVCA forestry staff will meet with landowners (following COVID-safe directives) to create a planting plan specific to the site’s conditions and the landowner’s wishes. And, in the spring, RVCA will prepare the land, plant healthy, native tree seedlings, and will help maintain the new, growing forest. The average cost for this full-service planting program is usually $3/tree, but landowners in the RVCA watershed typically only pay $0.15/tree ($120/acre) because RVCA’s funding partners pay the rest.

If you are interested in planting in 2021, now is the time to set things in motion with a free site visit.

“We’ve planted more than 6.6 million trees in the watershed since 1983 and are looking to plant more,” said Dan Cooper, RVCA’s Director of Conservation Lands and Stewardship. “We are happy to support Lanark and its member municipalities’ goal to plant one million trees and assist landowners who are looking to reforest their idle land. We are here to help.”

For those interested in planting one or two trees, watch for the 2021 spring tree give-away. Last June, the County and RVCA hosted a free tree-giveaway that saw over 1,200 trees distributed to keen planters of all ages. Watch for details on the Lanark County and RVCA social media feeds next spring.

To plant this coming spring, book your free site now. Contact Dan Cooper at 613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1124 or .

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For more information:

Dan Cooper
Director, Conservation Lands and Stewardship
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
613-692-3571 or 1-80-267-3504 ext. 1124

RIDEAU RIVER WATERSHED (Westport, Perth, Smiths Falls, Kemptville, Ottawa and all the wonderful watershed communities along the way), October 2, 2020 — Members of the Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation (RVCF) celebrated 50 years of conservation at its September 23 Annual General Meeting. Since 1970, the RVCF has dedicated itself to raising funds that support important conservation efforts throughout the Rideau River watershed. Efforts include conservation land acquisition, tree planting, outdoor education, water quality monitoring, infrastructure improvements at conservation areas and so much more.

“We are very proud of the work we do,” said RVCF Chair Jason Kelly. “Since 1994, we have raised over $6.6 million for our conservation work and we are guardians to over 525 hectares of important natural spaces. We are inspired and look forward to continuing the good work that keeps our watershed healthy and resilient.”

And while the COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on RVCF anniversary celebrations, it has shone a light on the ongoing need to protect natural lands — a cause that the RVCF holds very close to its heart.

“More than ever, we need natural spaces for our health and wellbeing. Local conservation lands provide safe and accessible trails and outdoor learning opportunities — places for physical, mental and spiritual rejuvenation,” said Mr. Kelly.

To achieve this aim, the Foundation’s 2020 fundraising campaign looks to grow the Steve Simmering Conservation Land Endowment fund, which ensures our local, conservation lands are protected, improved and held safely in public hands for future generations to enjoy. Established in 2010 in memory of Steve Simmering, an active outdoorsman and vice chair of the RVCF, the endowment has been slowly growing and supporting the Rideau Valley’s vibrant and vital outdoor spaces. So far, RVCF has received over $30,000 in donations of the $125,000 it seeks to raise. The RVCF looks to find new supporters so it can continue important conservation efforts.

If you love your local conservation lands and green spaces, please consider donating to the Steve Simmering Endowment Fund. Every dollar donated contributes to excellence in conservation for the benefit of generations to come. Visit www.rvcf.ca to donate or for more information.

The RVCF wants to thank its partners, supporters, donors, staff, and its board of director members over the past 50 years for their help, dedication, and support,” says Mr. Kelly. “Truly, we couldn’t have done it without you. We look forward to successful conservation work in the future.”

RVCF’s Highlights

  • Founded in 1970
  • Raised more than $6.6 million in support of conservation work
  • Proud custodian of over 525 hectares (1,299 acres) of conservation land
  • Celebrates and acknowledges over 330 watershed donors
  • Supported planting 6.6 million trees to date
  • Funds conservation area infrastructure work such as the boardwalk and pedestrian bridges at the Chapman Mills Conservation Area
  • Supports conservation projects such as the Hutton Creek Marsh Restoration Project
  • Provides subsidies to schools for outdoor education programs
  • Launched Steve Simmering endowment Fund in 2010 to protect vital conservation lands
  • Accredited member of Imagine Canada’s Standards Program since 2017
  • Joined Imagine Canada’s Ethical Code Program in 2010
  • Proud member of Ontario and Canada Land Trust Alliances

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For more information:
Diane Downey, Executive Director
Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation

October 01, 2020

Fall at Foley Mountain

RIDEAU LAKES / WESTPORT, October 1, 2020 – Foley Mountain Conservation Area is a popular fall destination. Known for its breathtaking views and scenic hiking trails, Foley Mountain continues to welcome guests for much needed outdoor fun.

“Fall is an exceptionally popular time to experience Foley Mountain,” said Rebecca Whiteman, Foley Mountain Conservation Area Supervisor. “And while we continue to welcome guests, we want everyone to be prepared for a safe and enjoyable experience.”

What does that mean? Well, during these Covid-19 times here are a few things to know before making the trip out:

  • Practice physical distancing rules.
  • Wear a mask at viewing locations such as the popular Spy Rock and anytime when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Follow directional signs on trails and yield to oncoming trail users when necessary.
  • Come equipped with water and hand sanitizer (outhouses are open).
  • Pay $7 day pass using credit card or coins (bills are NOT accepted) at the pay machine or purchase your pass online using the PayByPhone App when you arrive on site (visit rvca.ca/foley-mountain for details). Staff will not be accepting cash payment on site.
  • You may be turned away if park capacity has been reached. Be sure to have alternate plans in the surrounding area if you are making a special trip.
  • As visitors leave the park, others will be allowed to enter. Please limit your visits to allow others an opportunity to enjoy these parks.

Staff will be onsite during busy weekends to limit the number of visitors in the park and those gathering on viewing platforms. The Spy Rock viewing area will be limited to 25 people and masks are strongly recommended.

“Our guests continue to grow in number. We want to remain open, but want everyone to be as safe as possible,” says Whitman. “Everyone’s cooperation is greatly appreciated.”

To learn more about Foley Mountain Conservation Area, visit www.rvca.ca/foley-mountain or follow the Foley Mountain Facebook page at @foleymountain.

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For more information:
Rebecca Whitman
Foley Mountain Conservation Area Supervisor
613-273-3255

RIDEAU, GOULBOURN AND WEST CARLETON, September 28, 2020 — Tired of looking at empty fields, don’t know what to do with idle farmlands or marginal land? Why not fill them with healthy, native trees! Sign up now and take advantage of RVCA's subsidies to convert idle land into tomorrow’s forests.

“RVCA’s tree planting programs come with significant subsidies that will help landowners plan, prepare, plant, and maintain their new forests,” said Dan Cooper, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) Director, Conservation Lands and Stewardship. “What better way to transform fallow land into future woodlands.”  

Typical costs for the RVCA’s full-service tree-planting program are $0.15/tree ($120/acre). The RVCA and its planting partners cover all additional costs. Landowners interested in having one acre or more (0.4 hectares) planted in trees should meet with RVCA staff to start planning now.

“We've been planting trees since 1983 and, in total, we’ve planted more than 6.6 million trees. We are looking to plant more!” said Cooper. “Helping landowners meet their reforestation needs is our goal — our tree planting programs are low-cost and full-service!”

Idle and unproductive land can eventually establish new forests by natural succession, but this takes many, many years. A faster way is to opt for RVCA’s tree planting programs. They will help move the process along by planting healthy, native tree seedlings suited for the specific site.

Once signed up, landowners can expect an RVCA forestry expert to meet with them to discuss their specific needs. Staff will assess the site and create a unique, individualized planting plan. You can bet RVCA will plant the right tree in the right place to ensure the best chance of survival and growth.

To plant this coming spring, book your free site now. Contact Dan Cooper, RVCA Director, Conservation Lands and Stewardship at 613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504, ext. 1124 or  .

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For more information:
Dan Cooper
Director, Conservation Lands and Stewardship
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
613-692-3571 ext. 1124

(WCS-LW - 52/2020) September 2, 2020 — Watershed conditions in the Rideau Valley Watershed have returned to “Normal’ under the Ontario Low Water Response Program.

With significant precipitation during the last month, the amount of rainfall received throughout the watershed is at or above average values for this time of year. As a result of this precipitation, stream flows and water levels are now at or above average values for this time of year. Looking ahead, the seven-day weather forecasts suggests we’ll continue to receive more rain.

Parks Canada continues to closely monitor the water levels throughout the Rideau Canal system inside the Rideau Valley watershed. Water levels in the reservoir lakes, located in the upper reaches of the Rideau Valley watershed, are either normal or above normal (i.e., Christie Lake) for this time of year and are expected to decline but this will depend on rainfall amounts received in the coming weeks. Rideau River flows downstream of Big Rideau Lake are now near normal. Water levels in the Rideau River below Smiths Falls are within navigable ranges for this time of year.

Conservation Authority staff continue to monitor conditions and communicate with water managers throughout the watershed. Updates to this message will be issued as conditions warrant.

More resources:


"Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is a partnership of municipalities within the Rideau Valley watershed created under the Conservation Authorities Act to deliver a range of programs in watershed management and natural resource conservation."

 

MAILING LIST: If you are interested in finding out more information about our Forest School, Day Camp and Canoe Camp programs, and other education programs at Baxter Conservation Area, please fill out the following Google form to be added to our mailing list — click here.

We are excited to offer our new Forest School program at Baxter Conservation Area! Baxter Forest School was established in September 2020. Our Forest School offers a child-centered, nature-based educational experience where children spend their days outside, learning through experiential, hands-on activities that promote curiosity in an active and outdoor learning environment. Students will develop a relationship with the land through repeated and regular visits to a natural area, in a play and inquiry-based education setting.

Tuition subsidies for the forest school program may be available for those who qualify.  Please contact  for more details.

PLEASE READ our Forest School Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Location:  7498 Carter Road,  Kars, ON, South of Ottawa — Google map

Programs that we offer: 

Forest School and COVID-19

We will work diligently to follow guidelines from the federal and provincial governments and public heath officials as well as work with our families and staff to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.  This includes but is not limited to:

  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of facilities and equipment
  • Screening protocols for families and staff
  • Providing opportunities for frequent hand washing and encouraging physical distancing
  • Protocols in place for suspected cases
  • Limiting access to program facilities to staff and students

For more information about our policies and procedures around COVID-19, please contact


Kindergarten Forest School Program  – Please check back for future program opportunities.


 School Aged Forest School Program

  • Pre-registration is required
  • For children aged 4-10
  • Staff to student ratio is 1:8; maximum 16 students.
  • There is the option of attending for just the morning (9am – 12 pm) for a cost of $25/morning plus HST or staying for the full day (9am – 3pm) for a cost of $50/day plus HST.
  • We do not offer before/after care at this time.
  • Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

School Aged Forest School Sessions

  • Payment for each session is due one week prior to start date.  All prices include HST. 
  • Payment can be made by cash, cheque (made payable to RVCA) or credit.
Program Session Date/Time Cost
Fall Full Day – Mondays September 27 to December 13, 2021
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(No class October 11, 2021)
$621.50
Fall Half Day – Mondays September 27 to December 13 2021
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
(No class October 11, 2021)
$310.75
Fall Full Day — Tuesdays September 28 to December 14, 2021
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
$678
Fall Half Day — Tuesdays September 28 to December 14 2021
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
$339
Fall Full Day — Wednesdays September 29 to December 15, 2021
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
$678
Fall Half Day — Wednesdays September 29 to December 15, 2021
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
$339
Fall Full Day — Thursdays September 30 to December 16, 2021
(No class November 11, 2021)
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
$621.50
Fall Half Day — Thursdays September 30 to December 16, 2021
(No class November 11, 2021)
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
$310.75
Fall Full Day — Fridays October 1 to December 17, 2021
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
$339
Fall Half Day — Fridays October 1 to December 17, 2021
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
$678

To Register

Some spaces still available for Fall 2021! For more information on available spots or to register, please fill out the Registration Request Form — click here. PLEASE NOTE that filling out this form DOES NOT guarantee a space in the program but begins the registration process.

Some sessions of Fall 2021 forest school sessions are now FULL. We are still accepting requests to be on the waitlist. If you would still like to be added to our WAITING LIST, please submit a registration request. If you are submitting a form for one of our WAITING LISTS, we will only contact you if space becomes available. Registration Request Form — click here.

Please check back later for more information or if you are interested in finding out more information about our Forest School, Day Camp and Canoe Camp programs, and other education programs at Baxter Conservation Area, please fill out the following Google form to be added to our mailing list click here.

Our Community Partners
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Contact 

Andrea Wood
Baxter Conservation Area Supervisor, Outdoor Educator and Camp Director


E-mail: 
Tel: 613-489-3592
Fax: 613-692- 0831

 

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Contact Us

Address:
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
3889 Rideau Valley Drive
Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A5

Phone:
613-692-3571, 1-800-267-3504

Email:

Hours:

Regular Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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