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Working Around the Water subject of Muskoka Conservancy’s day-long seminar March 26

BRACEBRIDGE — Protecting the waters of Muskoka is the focus of a day-long engagement March 26 that lets users network, share ideas and learn what’s new and what others in the field are doing.

As part of the Shoreline Stewardship program launched late last year, Muskoka Conservancy is hosting a “Working Around Water” Symposium for professionals who work in Muskoka.

The day-long event will bring together local professionals to hear about new products and technology for working in and around shoreline properties. Permitting agencies, Waterloo Biofilter, and Maccaferri Canada will be among the presenters. 

The Shoreline Stewardship and Water Quality Program was launched in the fall last year by Muskoka Conservancy and the Muskoka Lakes Association.

“This is a multifaceted program that combines community workshops, private landowner consultations, and outreach to local contractors and service providers,” says Kristie Virgoe, executive director of Muskoka Conservancy. 

The symposium will take place on Wednesday, March 26th 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Knox Presbyterian Church in Bracebridge.

Topics include erosion control, permitting and planning (new construction and improvements), septic technology, site planning, landscaping and much more. 

“This isn’t a training event,” said Jenn Head, Stewardship Coordinator, “it is an opportunity to share information and to hear about some of the new technologies that will help Muskoka landscapers, builders, and contractors in the great work they are doing.” Additional landowner workshops are offered throughout the year to reach seasonal and year round shoreline property owners.

“”This Symposium is vital part of our program,” said Head. “Participants in the event will have their businesses listed in our Landowner Services Guide that we can provide to every landowner we visit. In that way, we are helping landowners connect with the professionals that can help them improve and restore their shorelines.” 

Registration is $50 per person and includes lunch. 

For more information and to register, please contact 705-645-7393 ext. 200 or email at

For more information about the Muskoka Conservancy go to: or call 705-645-7393. 

For more than 25 years, the Muskoka Conservancy (formerly the Muskoka Heritage Foundation and Trust) provides comprehensive environmental stewardship and outreach programs. The first property was donated 23 years ago and the Muskoka Conservancy has been protecting the regions’ natural spaces ever since. Today, the organization protects a total of 32 properties totaling over 1,800 acres of sensitive wetlands, forests, rock barrens, and shorelines. With over 200 active volunteers, the organization keeps its operation costs low and dedicates most resources to stewardship projects, land conservation, and community outreach. Muskoka Conservancy believes in working with community to build and support a vibrant Muskoka that honours the natural environment and the traditions of the area.

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