These resources are, for the most part, based in and around Haliburton, so address climate and soil issues specific to our region. This list is by no means exhaustive – if you know of something that you think should be added, please let us know.
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.
Maintaining the Effectiveness of Your Septic System
The quality of the water in the Redstone lakes (Includes Bitter Lake, Burdock Lake, Coleman Lake, Pelaw Lake, Little Redstone and Redstone Lakes) remains a concern to many property owners. Often individual property owners are left wondering what they can do to help improve, or at least maintain, the quality of our lake water going forward. The two most important steps property owners can take are ensuring their shore line is as natural as possible and that their septic system is operating as effectively as possible.
A septic system is a very effective way to safely recycle household black and grey waste water back into our natural environment. A soil treatment bed will remove all pathogens and most of the nutrients contained in the waste water if it is properly designed, installed, operated and maintained.
1 January 2016
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.