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.