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CLOCA seeking feedback on conservation areas

The Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) is looking to hear what the public likes and doesn’t like about local conservation areas.

CLOCA recently launched its Conservation Lands Master Plan community engagement plan titled “It’s My Nature.”

“We are looking to build capacity for improved management for the eight conservation areas in our jurisdiction that we think are jewels in Durham Region,” says Jamie Davidson, project coordinator for the initiative.

Davidson adds as part of CLOCA’s 2016 to 2020 strategic plan, conservation areas, an estimated 2,700 hectares of natural heritage land and water resources were identified as “playing a key role in our watershed health goals, strengthening the green space objectives of our municipal partners and recognizing changing needs of a diverse growing community.”

The Conservation Lands Master Plan will incorporate the findings of an internal program review, and municipal and visitor needs assessment.

Residents 18 years and older can provide their feedback through an online survey at cloca.com.

Those who complete the survey will be entered in a draw for five free conservation parking passes, valued at $75 each.

CLOCA is also hosting an “It’s My Nature” art competition for youth ages six to 17.

Young artists are asked to think about ways they can illustrate the theme by creating a piece of art that not only presents the challenges and issues facing conservation areas but also communicates a message that inspires others to act.

CLOCA is offering a number of prizes in partnership with The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Whitby Station Gallery and the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington.

Submissions will also be featured in CLOCA’s programs and communication products.

For more details and to complete an entry form, visit cloca.com