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For Immediate Release

NVCA raises fees to conservation areas to help upkeep maintenance​

UTOPIA, Ontario (December 2, 2020) – User fees for Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) conservation areas are set to increase on January 1, 2021. All fees collected are annually reinvested into general and enhanced maintenance needs. Visitor safety in the conservation areas is paramount and is one of the bigger maintenance costs. 

“The past few years, and especially in 2020, we have had exponential growth in the number of visitors to our conservation areas," said Byron Wesson, Director of Conservation Services at NVCA. “New visitors are always welcome, as we sincerely encourage the exploration of outdoor spaces. However, this also means that there are increased maintenance and management costs to upkeep the properties."

The maintenance list for trails and other recreational areas is long and constantly being addressed. Many NVCA's trails are accessible and require a high degree of attention.  Hazard tree removals or maintenance have always been a key item for safety assurances.  Accessible boardwalks, bridges, washrooms and interpretive signage are all part of a positive visitor experience. To better accommodate this new surge of visitor numbers the NVCA will be building new and enhancing existing parking lots.

“We are now seeing more trash being left behind, and that has to be looked after by someone," continued Wesson. “Usually, our signage highlights the wonders of the natural world, but now it includes COVID precautions."

NVCA's conservation areas offer activities beyond a leisurely hike. Visitors also enjoy hunting, angling, paddling and snowshoeing. Professional photography, movie shoots and weddings are also among the many other activities that occur in the conservation areas.

Daily and seasonal parking passes are only required per vehicle. Occupants of the vehicle do not need to purchase additional passes. For a list of new fees, please visit the NVCA website.

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About NVCA: The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority is a public agency dedicated to the preservation of a healthy environment through specialized programs to protect, conserve and enhance our water, wetlands, forests and lands.

Media contact: Maria Leung, Communications Coordinator 705-424-1479 ext.254, mleung@nvca.on.ca