Otonabee Conservation Tree Seedling Sale

Otonabee Conservation is once again offering the Tree Seedling Program to landowners within the Otonabee Region watershed with a wide selection of native tree and shrub species to choose from. New in 2018, is the on-line ordering system through the Otonabee Conservation website.

“Trees play an important role in maintaining a healthy and resilient natural environment. Trees and forests protect water quality in our rivers and streams. They provide habitat for birds and other wildlife and they add to the health of our communities by purifying the air and enhancing the environment that surrounds us,” explains Meredith Carter, Manager of the Watershed Management Program at Otonabee Conservation.

Landowners can choose seedlings from a variety of coniferous and deciduous trees and wildlife shrubs including White Pine, Eastern White Cedar, Red Oak, Sugar Maple, Highbush Cranberry and Buttonbush. The minimum order is 25 seedlings of a selected species.

“Orders are now being accepted for Spring 2018, with the order deadline of Friday, March 23rd. Otonabee Conservation expects the tree and shrub seedlings to arrive at the conservation authority office in late April, at which time landowners will be contacted and pick-up times will be arranged,” explains Carter.

Details about the Tree Seedling Program, including helpful tips on planting and caring for young seedlings, and the online Order Form are available on the Otonabee Conservation website at www.otonabeeconservation.com.

For information contact:

Dan Marinigh
Chief Administrative Officer
Otonabee Conservation
Tel: 705-745-5791, ext. 222


Meredith Carter
Manager, Watershed Management Program
Otonabee Conservation
Tel: 705-745-5791, ext. 223


Healthy forests – the diversity of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and other plants – play a significant role in the environmental health of the Otonabee Region watershed.
• Trees, grass and shrubs along waterways soak up nutrients before they reach the water, protecting water quality.
• Forests moderate the ebb and flow of river flows over the year, reducing floods during the spring melt and keeping rivers flowing in the dry summer months.
• Forests are critical habitat for birds, animals and other creatures.
• Trees absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, from the air and release oxygen. One large tree can supply a day’s supply of oxygen for four people.
• Three trees placed strategically around a single-family home can cut summer air conditioning needs by up to 50 percent.

Otonabee Conservation has been involved in tree planting and forest management since the early 1960’s. The conservation authority owns and manages 2,309 hectares of forest; hosts the annual Scout Trees Program of Scouts Canada; and, annually plants trees in partnership with private landowners and municipalities.

The Otonabee Region Watershed Report Card (issued 2013) calculated forest cover as being 15 per cent of the watershed. Environment Canada suggests a minimum of 30 per cent forest cover to support healthy habitat for wildlife, which extends to healthy communities for watershed residents.

Otonabee Conservation offers the Tree Seedling Program to encourage reforestation of idle or marginal lands, to enhance the diversity of forests and to encourage the sustainability of forests and long-term management of existing forests throughout the watershed region.

Tree Seedling Program (pdf – 307KB)

Peterborough County Waste Management Master Plan Survey

Peterborough County is asking residents to provide ideas which will be considered as they update their Waste Management Master Plan. Please take the time to let them know how you think Waste Management should look in the County of Peterborough through their short survey.

Don’t forget to use the Searchable Waste Portal to help sort your household wastes into the appropriate streams!

March Break at the Douro-Dummer Community Centres

Are you looking for something to do in the Township of Douro-Dummer during the 2018 March Break? The Community Centres have a number of public skating events available to the public!

At the Douro Community Centre, free public skating is available:2018 March Break Skating Schedule Poster

Sunday, March 11th from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm (sponsored by the Douro Optimist Club)
Monday, March 12th from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  (sponsored by the Douro Seniors)
Wednesday, March 14th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  (sponsored by Healthy Kids Community Challenge)
Thursday, March 15th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm  (sponsored by McLeod’s Eco Water)
Sunday, March 18th from 3:30 pm — 4:30 pm  (sponsored by Drain Electric)

Parent & Tot Skating at the Douro Community Centre:
Wednesday, March 14th from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (sponsored by Alf Curtis Home Improvements)

Warsaw Community Centre, free public skating is available:

Sunday, March 11th from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm (sponsored by Healthy Kids Community Challenge)
Monday, March 12th from  11:00 am – 12:00 pm (sponsored by McLeod’s Eco Water)
Wednesday, March 14th from 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm (sponsored by the Douro-Dummer Public Library)

Following the Public Skate event the Douro-Dummer Public Library is hosting Interactive Circus Fun in the Warsaw Community Centre Upper Room,
Wednesday, March 14th from 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm, $2 admission. Donations will be accepted for the Douro-Dummer Public Library!

Adult Skate at the Warsaw Community Centre:
Thursday, March 15th from 1:00 am – 2:00 pm (sponsored by Peterborough Truss & Floor Ltd.)

Road Closure – Douro First Line from County Road 8 to Division Road

Please be advised that the Douro First Line between County Road 8 and Division Road will be closed to through traffic until further notice.

Local traffic with 911 numbers ranging from 479 to 212 are to enter onto the Douro First Line from County Road 8 and local traffic with 911 numbers ranging from 49 to 160 are to enter on the Douro First Line from Division Road. Emergency services will be provided exact details of this closure, to ensure there will be no detrimental effects on their services.

Sorry for this inconvenience, but this closure is necessary until water recedes and Public Works is able to repair the culvert. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact the Public Works Department at 705-652-8402.

Please see the attached notice for more details (pdf – 168kB).

Public Consultation Period Open for Conservation Area Management Statements

Otonabee Conservation is currently developing a management statement for the Brookwood Wildlife Area and the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area. The purpose of a conservation area management statement is to describe the long-term ownership, management objectives and associated stewardship activities for the property.

Members of the watershed community and other interested individuals are welcome to review and provide comments to Otonabee Conservation about the proposed conservation area management statements. The consultation period closes March 17, 2018.

For all the details please visit Otonabee Conservation.

For more information please contact:

Mr. Jessie James
Manager, Conservation Lands Program
Otonabee Region Conservation Authority
250 Milroy Drive, Peterborough, ON K9H 7M9
Email: Jessie James

Family Day 2018 Recycling & Garbage Collection

Family Day 2018 Garbage and Recycling Collection Schedule (pdf – 116KB)

Please note the following:

Recycling Collection:
Monday Collection is cancelled.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact BFI at 705-742-4268.

Garbage Collection:
Monday Garbage Collection is moved to Tuesday and Tuesday Garbage Collection is moved to Wednesday.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact M&M Disposals at 705-652-3505.

The Township of Douro-Dummer wishes everyone a safe and happy Family Day  weekend!

February 5th, 2018 Yoga Classes Re-scheduled

Monday February 5th, 2018 yoga classes with Stephanie Bolton (Restore and Renew Yoga) have been cancelled, they will resume Monday, February 12th, 2018. Extra classes have been added on March 12th, 2018 (regular class times) to make up for the cancelled classes.

Please contact Stephanie Bolton for information:

E-mail Steph
Phone: (705) 930-2820.

Recycling Collection on Monday, January 29, 2018

Road conditions posed some challenges for Monday recycling collection (January 29, 2018). The roads impacted included Little Chipmunk Road, Lake Edge Road, Miles Shore Road, Golf Course Road, and many private roads. If you did not receive recycling collection, please hold your material until next week or drop it off at the Halls Glen Transfer Station.  Thank you for your understanding.