The Kawartha watershed is a unique landscape that holds vast wetlands, and long meandering rivers that flow to and from big lakes along the Trent-Severn Waterway. Agriculture thrives on rich soils and clean water, picturesque rural communities dot the landscape, and conservation and natural areas protect significant natural heritage. All of our programs and services support the protection of this unique watershed in Ontario.
Map of the Kawartha Watershed
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Vision & Mission
Making Ontario’s forests greener
At Forests Ontario, we’re dedicated to making Ontario’s forests greener. Our ambitious tree planting initiatives, extensive education programs, and decades of community outreach have helped plant millions of trees in the province each year—and it’s through these efforts that we’re bringing our vision for healthier forests to a new generation of stewards, partners, teachers, and donors.
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LEAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the urban forest. Our residential planting programs help residents get the right tree planted in the right place in Toronto, York Region and Ajax. We are currently seeking an urban tree planter to help carry out large tree and shrub plantings in residential yards.
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Research on the hydrology of the Oak Ridges Moraine had begun by 1970, with efforts to understand the significance of the aquifer as a recharge source for Lake Simcoe and Lake Ontario (Haefeli 1970). Only in the last decade, however, has there been a focus on the potential impact of urban development on the moraine, and ultimately on Great Lakes water quality. Much of the research on the moraine has taken place at two centres: the Geological Survey of Canada, and the University of Toronto Groundwater Research Group. Several consulting firms have also made significant contributions, including work for the Oak Ridges Moraine Technical Working Committee, or for private developers.
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One of the highlights of this site is Lake St. George itself, a beautiful kettle lake which the property surrounds. The property is also the headwaters of the east branch of the Humber River, and features mixed woodlands, open meadows, reforested areas, and wetlands that possess abundant fish and wildlife populations.
Lake St. George Field Centre is located on a 120-hectare site on the ecologically significant Oak Ridges Moraine, just east of Bayview Avenue in the Town of Richmond Hill. Get Directions.
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The Humber River is a Canadian Heritage River, as designated by the Canadian Heritage Rivers System in 1999 for its significant cultural and recreational contribution to the development of Toronto and surrounding area. The Humber River watershed encompasses 911 square kilometres, is home to 856,200 people, and is the largest in Toronto and Region Conservation’s jurisdiction.
Its waters, originating on the Niagara Escarpment and the Oak Ridges Moraine, flow down the Humber River into Lake Ontario. All told, the area includes 1800 kilometres of waterway and 600 bodies of water, and is home to 755 species of plants, 42 species of fish, and over 185 animal species.
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