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Lands & Forests

Committee Mandate:

To investigate and advise the Board about new and emerging issues affecting the Bay in the area of flora, fauna, invasive terrestrial species and air quality.

To liaise with groups such as GBLT, GBBR and the GBA Wind committee whose chair shall also sit on this committee.


To conduct background research that clarifies the dimensions and environmental policy of issues concerning flora, fauna, invasive terrestrials and air quality.

To present a budget and work plan for Board approval at the beginning of the year and to manage the activities of the Committee within that budget.

To present recommendations for Board action, together with rationales based on the research.

To prepare and submit articles in support of the above for publication in Update, on the GBA website or social media.Committee Members

Chair Sue McPhedran
Mike Berton
Alan Bowers
Michael Dymond

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Important Links

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What does the lynx say? This incredible video offers a rare glimpse of a Canada Lynx in its natural habitat.
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Be Bear Wise

At the cottage: Do not feed the birds or any wild animals. Dispose of garbage often – municipal dumpsters or landfill and eliminate odours from garbage containers (freeze fish & meat or use secure, bear resistant containers is disposal is delayed. Keep the BBQ grill and drip tray clean. Feed pets indoors – not on deck or porch. Do not leave food out on tables or counter tops – not even if packaged. Do not leave candles, lotions, insect repellents or other fragrant products outside or near open windows or doors.     While walking/hiking Take a whistle, air horn, bear spray,...



RATTLER LESSON – by Jim Bowden I was bitten by a rattlesnake earlier this summer. My experience is worth telling. There are lessons to be learned, or at least reinforced. Even for a healthy adult, getting to a hospital post haste can be incredibly important – far more important than I had realized before this incident – and having a “plan” in place can save a life. Also, I for one was truly impressed by how terrific the service was at our local hospitals for what was a life-threatening circumstance.  We need these facilities, and we should be grateful to have them and their trained...


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April 2020

April 5 Water Levels Report

In the past week the Great Lakes basin continued to be warmer than normal for this time of year. The basin also received significantly higher than normal precipitation, with the southern portion of the basin receiving 2 to 3 times its normal amount of precipitation over the last 7 days. Water levels continue to be well above average and near or above record high levels. - From a month ago the water levels on Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie & Ontario are up 1, 3, 7, 6 & 5 inches respectively. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, Erie & Ontario are 2, 15, 13, 12 & 8 inches higher respectively than they were at this time last year, and 13, 35, 35, 33 & 14 inches, respectively, above their long term April average. Lakes Michig

April 2020

Marinas Closed to Seasonal Residents Due to COVID-19

On Friday April 4, in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario government reduced the list of essential businesses and ordered more work closures. Marinas are now only available to help those individuals to access their primary place of residence. Therefore marinas are now officially closed to seasonal residents. Public health officials are urging Ontario residents to stay put and not to travel to their cottages because it will put additional stress on our already limited cottage country resources. The Mayor of the Township of Georgian Bay and the Reeve of the Township of The Archipelago have also followed suit releasing pleas for people to remain in their primary residences, noting that support systems in their area are limited and first responders are already stretched to

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