Public Reminders about Enjoying Conservation Areas with Dogs

Summer is a great season to get outdoors and explore local conservation areas. Otonabee Conservation offers a few reminders about enjoying the outdoors in the company of one’s dog (or dogs).

“There are a few key reminders to ensure the enjoyment and safety for all when visiting our conservation areas,” Jessie James, Manager, Conservation Lands Program at Otonabee Conservation.

“To keep the dog safe, it must be kept on a leash and be in the care, control and custody of its owner or guardian at all times. The dog must not be allowed to run at large and must stay off the designated beach areas,” says James. “Remember that conservation areas are natural spaces in the countryside, with native wildlife and terrain that may be unfamiliar. They are also home to species at risk that are actually in danger when a dog is loose.”

“Keeping a dog on a leash also shows consideration to other visitors who may be afraid or uncomfortable around wandering dogs.”

And finally, responsible pet owners are asked to ‘stoop and scoop’ after their dogs. “It’s as simple as taking a plastic bag along with you on your trail walk/hike so that you can ‘stoop and scoop’ after your pet,” reminds James.

Otonabee Conservation is one of 36 conservation authorities which provide public access to over 270 conservation areas across Ontario. Under the Conservation Authorities Act, Regulation 128, there are specific rules addressing animals on property owned by a conservation authority. The rules are in place to ensure that visitors and their pets have a safe and enjoyable experience, protect the natural environment, and ensure the safe operation of the area.