This page is dedicated to news items for 2004
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It will read from top to bottom. Submissions are edited to format to
the page and occasionally reduced to eliminate redundant material.
Editor notes are in red
Jan 30 Trail mapping project
Feb. 5 Our
web site - -SGKH with copies of mail out from MNR.
On June 18 2003 Peter Chowan made representation to FOCA and on
Oct. 27 FOCA replied. Feb. 10 of 2004 there will be a response.
map and contacts Feb 10th for comment re
park boundaries and trails.
What a bird told us Feb 10 th
Message from Jon Hobbs
on Tue, 24 Feb 2004 to Minister re position of CCA
from The Corporation of the Township of NORTH KAWARTHA dated
February 16, 2004 to Ministry of Natural Resources
Management Advisory Board Attention: Kim Dunford, Chairperson
Anstruther Dam Road Association. Feb 24 04
Submission from STAKEHOLDER
OF THE KAWARTHA HIGHLANDS February 25, 2004 EBR Registry Number:
to Nancy Wilson, Project Manager
----- Message from firstname.lastname@example.org on Fri., 30 Jan 2004 16:44:02
Subject: Trail mapping project
Thanks for your interest in the trail project. The KHSS Charter
indicates that the Management Advisory Board is to make recommendations
to the Minister regarding trails in the Signature Site area. The Board
has one year to
submit its recommendations following proclamation of the Kawartha
Signature Site Park Act. This leaves us with a window of opportunity to
map existing trails in the protected area.
The field component of the mapping project is seasonally oriented. Our
strategy was to begin some mapping by ATV this past fall and continue
that until the snow made trail running too difficult. We will begin
some snowmobile trails through February this year or for as long as ice
conditions allow. After the trails dry up to allow ATV access in the
we will continue mapping land trails for as long as leaf cover allows
We have some pretty sophisticated GPS equipment but we have not had the
opportunity to see how it will be affected by the forest canopy.
GPS equipment can have some difficulty getting a fix on satellites in
leaf cover. Since we have some fairly strict accuracy requirements we
have to curtail date collection in the summer until leaf cover begins
thin again next fall. At that time we will continue mapping land trails
by ATV, switching again next winter to snowmobiles to pickup any
snowmobile trails. I expect we will still be able to continue mapping
the spring of '05 by ATV to pick up any other trails that remain.
We have purposely been taking an incremental approach to contacting the
public for their information regarding trails. Since we knew there
would be a lot of activity on the ground from hunters last fall, we
decided to contact
our registered hunt camps on Crown land first. We mailed out maps of
individual hunting areas with an invitation to contribute their local
of cultural heritage, natural and topographic features. Next we
trappers for their information. We have had others come in the office
provide us with information as well.
We have sent letters and maps to cottage association representatives
for Wolf, Anstruther, Loon Call, Long/Loucks, Coon, Mississauga,
Bottle/Beaver and Catchacoma Lakes. We sent the Catchacoma information
package to John Hobbs as that was a contact name we had at the time. We
sent him the map
when the packages were mailed to the other associations. We will be
on this project over the next year at least, so we have some time to
complete the mapping. It is not critical that we get your reply right
away, however, the sooner, the better.
We have the location of many trails in our MNR data base already and
the submission of new trail information often confirms information we
already have. We get a lot of over lap on information which is good
from our perspective as it helps us get as complete a picture as
possible of the trails, historical sites and feature names in the
If you need further information, it is probably best that you contact
Nancy Wilson, as I have a temporary work assignment away from this
project. Her number is 613 332 3940 ex 255.
We note that there is no offer to share this
information with us to review nor is the information
publicly posted as
can easily be done on a web site. We are disappointed.
Feb. 7 2004 From Rick Meridew
Hi to all Members,
A short note to draw your attention to the fact that the KHSS is moving
through the final public input stage prior to being regulated as a
You have about 20 days to comment on boundary refinement. Once the
boundaries are finalized the KHSS will become regulated as a provincial
Our web site:http://www.sgkh.org
has been updated with the Charter, the KHSS Park Act - Bill 100,
an MNR fact sheet, maps and links to the EBR site and official KHSS
This was a mailing to some parties.
This should provide you with the relevant reference material.
The deadline for comment is February 25th 2004.
Also being discussed are trails and roads. Let me know if your
organization has NOT been contacted by Tim Grey regarding trails.
SGKH is presently scheduling an AGMeeting for
Monday the 23 Feb. in Peterborough.
We have visited the Ontario
living legacy website and have down the PDF file of the map of the area that pertains to Catachacoma
It is a large file that can be magnified and reviewed for boundaries
and trails. As it says in the mailing noted above you have till
Feb. 25 to make comment. by emailing
"email@example.com" or phoning Nancy Wilson
at 613 332-3940
We have it from a bird that KHSS Management Board is disfunctional due
that GPAEDC has had it's funding slashed and the rats are jumping
the following has been
edited only to fit this format and personal email address have
----- Message from
jon hobbs on Tue, 24 Feb 2004
To: kdunford, minister.mnr,
cc: Peter Vandervelden , Peter Battye,
Subject: Charter for Provincial Park - Kawartha Highlands
Submission to the Ministry of Natural Resources
David Ramsay MPP, Ministry of Natural Resources
Nancy Wilson, Project Manager
Kim Dunford, SGKH
The Catchacoma Cottagers Association strongly supports cementing of the
entire Charter to the KHSS Park Act and the yet undeveloped
Park Management Plan and strongly urges swift proclamation of the
Charter. This will ensure the full implementation of the articles
intent of the Charter, that was signed and agreed to by all
The Charter is crucial to the long term protection and uniqueness of
KHSS (in relation to other Provincial Parks), and the Charter should be
and in force for the duration of the KHSS.
The Charter states under the heading:
" Restrictions on New Park Development"
"NO FACILITY that is intended to be used by the PUBLIC
shall be erected or constructed by the Ministry at a location that is
within 100 metres of PRIVATE PROPERTY that is surrounded by Parks
Lands or abuts Park Lands on or after the day this section comes into
The CCA submits that 100 metres is insufficient space between
facilities used by the public and private property to properly respect
the needs of either
party. The CCA recommends that 100 metres be increased to 500 metres .
CCA further submits that there should be a distance of 500 metres
facilities used by the public and cold water lakes, and sensitive
to preserve the wilderness in its natural state, and to ensure the
protection of these areas.
President and Board of Directors of the
Catchacoma Cottagers Association
the following has been edited only to fit
P.O. Box 550, 135 Burleigh St.,
Apsley, Ontario K0L 1A0
(705) 656-4445 or 1-800-755-6931
Fax: (705) 656-4446
The Corporation of the Township of
February 16, 2004
Ministry of Natural Resources
Management Advisory Board
C/O Kawartha Highlands Project Office
106 Monck Road
Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0
Attention: Kim Dunford, Chairperson
Dear Mr. Dunford:
We have been expecting to hear from the Management Advisory Board
regarding the management plan for the upcoming season in the Kawartha
Highlands Signature Site. The charter states "Planning of the Park
should be coordinated with the municipalities so as to respect
municipal responsibilities." The charter further states "The park
management plan and the ongoing management of the park will recognize
the essential role played by municipalities." Page 10.
We are particularly concerned with the fact that the Ontario Living
Legacy Local Stakeholder Committee advised the public that cottage
access roads would
not be used to access the new park, and indeed the charter states on
11 (2) "two new roads will be constructed in the park, one of which
provide public access to the park from the western border of the park
the other shall provide public access from the eastern border of the
We are therefore requesting clarification on what access points will be
utilized and what roads will be used. If municipal roads are
to be used, which appears certain for the summer of 2004, what
is being considered to the township for increased maintenance?
We have not been contacted by Ontario Parks or your committee on your
plan to handle the garbage and recycling generated by park visitors.
Will your committee be placing bins for these two purposes at your
access points? Will park staff be responsible for picking up the
garbage and recycling? Since the township of North Kawartha is in the
process of developing a waste plan, which could include waste pick up,
please advise and we will have the service company quote on waste and
recycling bins at your access areas.
We have received no word on a compensation package to reimburse our
Fire Department to put out or control fires, which people build too
large, and or leave unattended. Please advise on Parks Ontario policy
in this regard.
We have had a 59% increase in our policing cost, and with the influx of
people using the Park, the number of calls could significantly
Has the Management Advisory Board put a plan in place for reimbursement
will you be making a separate contract with the O.P.P?
We are already receiving letters and calls from ratepayers advising us
that their cottage road, which they built and maintain, are being
clogged with cars, people parking in private driveways and going
camping for two or three days. We are also receiving complaints
that visitors are advising landowners that they might own the building
but they can go across their land because it is a Provincial Park, and
proceed to do so. What liability is Ontario Parks
undertaking if someone is injured on private property? Who is liable
damage to private property caused by campers and canoers? We have
been advised of campfires on private property. Who is going to educate
public as to provincial park rules, and why is it still being
no infrastructure in place?
The Management Advisory Board has been meeting since last summer, we
would hope that the process to solve these concerns has been dealt
with, and we are requesting an answer as soon as possible.
The Associations in the area received a newsletter and map for the
public to check the boundary of the new Park. North Kawartha and
Galway Cavendish Harvey Townships planned an open house so that all our
ratepayers could check their own property and other boundaries. We
planned to send the notification out in our tax bills at the end of
February. The closing date for input as you know is February 25th, so
Reeve Whelan phoned Nancy Wilson the co-coordinator and asked for an
extension in order to give us time to set up the meeting. We were
advised very matter of factly that February 25th, was the date, it was
30 days, and it was on the website. To have these deadlines for input
so tight and further have them in the middle of winter in an area where
75% of the residents affected are in the Greater Toronto Area, St.
Catherine’s etc is not satisfactory. Further the map sent with the
package is woefully inadequate. (page 9 section 3) "The minister shall
ensure that the management plan for the park and any major revisions to
that plan are prepared with prior
public consultation" (page 6 d) "That decisions with respect to the
and any major revision of the management plan for the park are made
prior public consultation" We will be contacting the Minister to see if
boundary letter and refusal of an extension fits the description in the
In future we are requesting that the public input be a lot more than a
letter and a website listing, especially when it comes to roads and
trails and how the area is going to be accessed. The latest survey
shows that 45% of the population have computers; the website therefore
is not reaching 55% of the people.
We also have many ratepayers who are concerned about their access to
the area: as an example you have many local people whose taxes have
built and maintained the roads, and who go fishing or boating on the
lakes with their children and grand-children. Will these people
now be told that they will have to pay a park fee to drive in a road
they built, to spend a day on a lake with their children?
We wish to reinforce our previous request to have a member of North
Kawartha Council as part of the Management Advisory Board. As the
Charter clearly recognizes
that the municipalities have a major role to play it is imperative that
Kawartha Council is an active participant of the Management Advisory
The Council of the North Kawartha Township wishes to recommend Arnold
as their representative to the Management Advisory Board. Mr. Brown is
newly elected councillor at large and a Kawartha Highlands Signature
multi use stakeholder including 3rd generation cottager, recreational
lessee, canoer and angler. We sent you a copy of this request and are
requesting your recommendation on this matter to the Minister.
With the understanding that the Management Advisory Board is using the
charter as a working document for interim management solutions, what is
your timeframe for implementation of a management plan? We look forward
to your reply so that we can advise our residents.
Township of North Kawartha
c.c. Monique RolfvondenBaumen-Clark, MNR
Township of Galway-Cavendish and
Find attached a letter re the boundary of the Park, which we feel would
to separate the residents from the visitors, and clearly define the
boundary of the Park.
President Anstruther Dam Rd. Assn.
February 24, 2004
C/O Kawartha Highlands Project Office
106 Monck Road
Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0
Attention: Nancy Wilson
Dear Ms. Wilson:
The Anstruther Dam Road association – on the south west end of
Lake, 911 address fire route 61 veering to the left off Anstruther Lake
up the steep hill just before the Landing.
We would like to request that the southern boundary of the road be used
the Park boundary. We feel this would make it easier for everyone
see the boundaries of the park and since the road is an access for
there is no need for campers or even canoers to use the road as there
no access to Anstruther Lake.
The 29 cottagers on the road paid for its construction and over the
35 plus years all the maintenance. The 4 _ kms dead ends at a
The North Cold Lake Road is an offshoot of the Anstruther Dam Rd.
4 kms in and 5 cottages on cold lake use and maintain that section of
As Monique Rolf von den Baumen Clark states in her letter Jan. 04,
regulated boundaries along features that can be identified on the
There is no way the boundary as proposed meets this criteria, and as
since there is no access to the lake, this would form a natural
and would eliminate any conflict between permanent residents, cottagers
We look forward to your consideration on this proposal.
President Anstruther Dam Road Association.
CC. MNR Minister David Ramsey
Monique Rolf von den Bergen Clark
MAB Chair Kim Dunford
Townships: NK and
the following has been edited
to fit this format from the original PDF
on SGKH letterhead
STAKEHOLDER GROUPS OF THE KAWARTHA HIGHLANDS
February 25, 2004
EBR Registry Number: RB04E3001
Nancy Wilson, Project Manager
Kawartha Highlands Project Office
Ministry of Natural Resources
106 Monck Street, P.O. Box 500
Bancroft, Ontario K0L 1C0
Dear Ms. Wilson:
Please accept these comments on boundary adjustments to the proposed
Highlands Signature Site Park (KHSSP) on behalf of
the Stakeholders Group of the Kawartha Highlands (SGKH) an umbrella
of landowners and other stakeholder groups with ongoing ties to the
To paraphrase point 9, page 11 of The Kawartha Highlands Signature Site
says that no new park facility for use by the public will be
within 100 meters of private property.
Since the entire KHSSP is a new facility that will be used by the
the MNR must ensure that no portion of the KHSSP boundary will come
100 meters of any private property.
The same distance of 100 meters should also separate the KHSSP boundary
Land held by a municipality
Private cottage roads
Given that there have already been situations where transient users
claimed that there is no private property within the KHSSP and
have proceeded to park in private driveways and walk across cottage
we STRONGLY RECOMMEND lengthening the 100 meter separation to a more
distance of 300 to 500 meters.
Rick Meridew Len Bourne
cc Hon. David Ramsay, Minister of Natural Resources
Kim Dunford, Chair, KHSSP Management Advisory Board