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.
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.
Thomas Giguere has embraced Haliburton County’s lakes since he was a toddler.
His love of the water and fascination with the life in it led him to enrolling in the marine and freshwater biology program at the University of Guelph.
So when the 21-year-old heard there were jellyfish in the Highlands, it piqued his interest.
Notes (RLCA): from U.S. Geological Survey - Freshwater jellyfish is not considered dangerous to humans. Although its stings can paralyze macroinvertebrates and small fish, its small nematocysts are not likely to penetrate human skin (Peard, 2002). Follow link to article
27 January 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.