It was on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon of the Victoria Day Weekend that 24 ladies gathered at Judy Cole’s for coffee, sweets and lots of discussion on common interests and activities we would like to do together.
It was soon clear that all of the ladies are interested in meeting new friends at the lake and in spending some time with each other, engaged in different kinds of social activities. Judy Cole, Donna Luger and Cathy Meades were able to give some insights into the types of activities that the Ladies on Kennisis Lake participate in and how they get things going, as the three of them had attended a meeting of that group last year. But they emphasized that these are just examples of what could be done and that this RLCA group is free to do what it wishes and make its own plans on how to proceed. Laurie Kerr also gave examples of activities that could be initiated.
Now that the lake is ice free, it will soon be time to take to the water once again, be it to paddle, to fish, to go tubing or water skiing or to just explore around the lake. A few keeners might even be out there almost as the ice melts, first wake rights so-to-speak.
Wake, what’s that? Some sort of ripple left behind at the rear of a power boat (the stern for the knowledgeable types) as you race down the lake at maximum speed.
Haliburton Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) has recently finalized its newest acquisition - 500+ acres - Barnum Creek Nature Reserve. We are now seeking support from our partners, neighbours and members for our fundraising efforts - to continue to manage the property in perpetuity; to ensure the long-term health and diversity of the ecosystems are protected and maintained.
And now some added fun for your summer. The Healthy Lakes contest gives you a chance to win some wonderful weekly prizes and at the end of the summer a fabulous Grand Prize of $1000.
It’s pretty simple. Watch for lake health tips each week in the Haliburton Echo, Minden Times. The next week we’ll ask a question about the tip and you’ll email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org You have until Thursday 5pm to get in your answer.
Haliburton Highlands Land Trust's first ‘Bat’ event of the season is a presentation to learn more about these fascinating creatures and their ferocity to feast on those pesky biting insects. It is taking place on Saturday May 26th “Exploring the Lives of Bats” at the Minden Cultural Centre @ 7:00pm. Please join them for a presentation by one of the world’s foremost authorities on bats, Brock Fenton, Professor Emeritus of Biology/UWO.
The Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners Associations (CHA) working with Julia Sutton and their technology partner (TechnicalitiesPlus) have created a web page that will present you with a selection of "Native" trees, scrubs, grasses, wildflowers and ferns for your property. The tool has options to specify your soil, sunlight, moisture, and location.
Abbey Gardens is gearing up to source all of the plants and trees - contact them for availability. Anyways, great tool to maintain or bring your shoreline back to life and greatly enhance your shoreline for all your aquatic friends.
PS. Julia will be speaking at our Annual General Meeting - July 14th. Stay tuned.
Note to the RLCA Board of Directors on the Fall 2017 FOCA Meeting – held at the Boulevard Club in Toronto on November 4, 2017
I was privileged to attend the 2017 Fall FOCA Meeting held on November 4, 2017. Terry Rees, the Executive Director opened the meeting with a short update on the current work being undertaken by FOCA. This includes climate issues, such as the flood events in cottage country, a workshop and report on climate change in Muskoka and invasive species monitoring and prevention programs. New signs were made available at the meeting which direct boaters to clean boats before entering from other lakes to avoid transfer of invasive species. Terry also spoke of organisations FOCA is working with, such as NSERC Canadian Network which is conducting in depth sampling of over 700 lakes in Canada to assess the health of our lakes.
Phragmites, an invasive plant species, has spread to three locations on Eagle and Moose Lakes, according to a local study.
Invasive phragmites is a tall wetland grass that crowds out native plants, vegetation and species while providing little to no food or shelter for wildlife. Non-native forms of the plant can grow in dense bunches of up to 200 stems per square metre.
Recently, with help from the Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners’ Associations and Canadian Wildlife Service, the Eagle Moose Lake Property Owners Association conducted a shoreline study that found one case of phragmites on Eagle Lake and two on neighbouring Moose Lake. In total, there have been 19 reported cases of phragmites in Haliburton County according to EDDMapS, a web-based mapping system documenting invasive species distribution from the University of Georgia’s Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
There is not sufficient natural shoreline within Haliburton County, not by a long shot, according to the Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners Associations (CHA).
“This is a very preliminary report,” CHA chairman Paul MacInnes told Haliburton County councillors as he presented findings from the coalition’s shoreline improvement project during a Feb. 22 meeting.
Also called the Love Your Lake program, during the past three summers, the CHA has hired evaluators – typically university students in the environmental sciences – to travel lakes by boat, assessing properties based on numerous factors including development setbacks, docks, slope, invasive species, retaining walls, etc.
The results of those evaluations are then sent confidentially to property owners, with suggestions on how to better naturalize their shorelines.
2 March 2017
Current weather in Haliburton
Redstone Lake Water Level
Lake levels are fluctuating. On occasion you may find floating hazards, logs etc.
Additionally as the lake level lowers, rock hazards may or may not be entirely visible. As always caution is advised.