A month by month calendar of MLA events.
As part this year's seedling program we are collaborating with Forests Ontario, a not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes healthy forests through tree planting, forest stewardship, education and awareness initiatives. www.forestsontario.ca
For those of you purchasing seedlings this year, Forests Ontario is offering a complimentary one-year membership. If you are interested please check the appropriate box on the seedling order form.
Plants available in 2017
Monarch & Pollinator Garden (Native) - should be planted in at least partial sun
Species may include: Common milkweed, swamp milkweed, butterfly milkweed, boneset, joe pyeweed, dense blazing star, wild bergamot, cardinal flower, great blue lobelia, black eyed susan, new England aster, showy tick trefoil and Virginia mountain mint.
Red Oak (Native deciduous) - Quercus rubra
Beautiful large tree, excellent for landscape use and timer. Prefers sand/loam soils, with a well to moderate drainage. Red Oaks should be planted in a full sun to partial shade environment. Squirrels and wild turkeys are attracted to the acorns. Can grow up to 24 meters.
“Looking forward, it is thought that Red Oak may be a good candidate in the battle against climate change as it is the hearty nature of this tree’s ability to establish, grow and thrive in harsher conditions that could make this species well suited in our forests with ever increasing temperature regimes. It will also be an important species to counteract the devastating impacts of the Beech Bark Disease currently killing our American beech in the Parry Sound/Muskoka area, as Red Oak is considered second to American beech in terms of importance as a mast species for wildlife such as deer and bear.”
River Birch (Native deciduous) - Betula nigra
Resistance to bronze birch borer. Light creamy brown bark that peels in shaggy pieces. Tolerates most climates and soils, but prefers moist soils.
White Pine (Native evergreen) - Pinus strobus
This is a rapid growing tree with wide spreading lateral roots and is an important nesting and perching tree. This tree achieves a maximum height of 30 meters in dry or moist conditions. A shore stabilization tree, it requires a sunny or part-shade environment.
White Spruce (Native evergreen) - Picea Glauca
White Spruce grow on a variety of soils under a wide range of conditions. This includes moist or wet conditions in the sun or part-sun. It can be used for shore stabilization. Needles are short and light green in colour. Excellent for Christmas trees, windbreaks and landscape. They can grow up to 24 meters.
Thank you to everyone who came out in 2017!
Come Celebrate the MLA 125th
Saturday August 4, 2018
Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club
Blended Junior and Senior Regatta
Start Time: 9:30am
For more information, contact the MLA office at (705) 765-5723.
The Annual MLA Regatta, the oldest continuously run co-ed regatta in North America, maintains a tradition of family, fun, and aquatic competition on the Saturday of the Civic Holiday weekend.
Despite years with steady or occasional downpours the regatta always has a great turn out. The regatta is a wonderful way for families to participate together in rowing, paddling and swimming events.
The regatta wouldn’t be possible without the generous hospitality of the Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club on Lake Rosseau, the generous sponsors, and the many volunteers. Thanks to the assistance of all of the staff at the club, and the use of the wonderful facilities.
Last, but certainly not least, to the many individuals who donate time to plan, lend a hand on the day, and donate materials to make the day a huge success.
The listing of the last year's events can be found below:
Celebrating MLA 125 Years
Saturday August 11, 2018 - 10AM - 4PM
Mark August 11, 2018 in your calendar as the date of the MLA bi-annual Antique Boat Show in Port Carling. This year’s theme will be “Celebrating 125 years” featuring many of Muskoka’s oldest surviving boats, many more than 100 years old. Muskoka’s antique and classic boats are a unique treasure in the world and draw the attention of the most informed collectors.
This summer we will celebrate the stories of some of these remarkable boats. We expect more than 70 boats to be on display and their proud custodian’s to be available to answer your questions about their history in Muskoka.
The first boats in Muskoka were rowing skiffs, sail boats and steam powered boats beginning in the 1860’s. Canoes, rowboats and sail boats were built in Muskoka but the most of the steam powered boats came from southern Ontario and New York State. Larger Muskoka built boats burst on the scene in the early nineteen hundreds with the advent of gasoline engines.
This year’s poster boat is from the in between years. The Heather Belle was built in 1902 by the Marine Engine and Machine Co of Harrison New Jersey. It was powered by a naphtha engine which was designed much like a steam engine but instead of boiling water it operated by boiling naphtha. As frightening as this sounds it operated at lower temperatures and pressures than steam and did not require a licensed steam engineer to operate it. The Naphtha also acted as a lubricant so required less attention while under way. The Heather Belle was repowered with a gasoline engine and was operated for many years by George Thorel of Thorel House near Morinus on Lake Rosseau.
Graeme Ferguson had the 36’ Heather Belle restored and repowered with an electric motor. He uses the boat regularly on the Lake of Bays and has kindly agreed to bring it to the MLA Antique Boat Show for your viewing pleasure. Come to the show to see this stunning historical artifact.
The MLA Boat Show brings together fine surviving examples of the wooden boats built and used in Muskoka by those who went before us. These wooden boats are maintained and cared for as never before. The current custodians of these unique craft will be at the show and they love to tell the history and stories of their boats. With luck and love, these boats live on to tell their stories for many generations.
This year also features demonstrations of Sea Fleas to stir youthful imaginations and a display of vintage outboard motors provided by the Maple Leaf Outboard Club. Rember Saturday, August 11 and come, and enjoy a day with these fine craft and their owners. The show runs from 10AM to 4 PM and admission is free.
Every winter the MLA is hosting a Mixed Bonspiel.
Registration is $200/team.
3 Games Guaranteed
Snacks Friday Evening
Dinner & Dance Saturday
For more information contact Jenn Josiak at (705)-646-0982 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The MLA is pleased to offer a special information update on a most controversial topic; The Future of Resort Development in Muskoka. Regardless of where you are located in Muskoka, this issue has the ability to impact your property. As such, resort development has become the red-hot land use issue in Muskoka and, with an election scheduled this October, all Muskokans
need to be informed.
Anne McCauley, Chair of MLA’s Political Land Use Committee, has been leading the charge, in collaboration with our legal counsel, and will be talking about the latest information on this topic, what new resorts are being proposed or are under construction as well as answering your questions. Anne is a professional land use planner and will explain why some of the District and Township ideas are of concern and why they are not consistent with MLA values.
Members and the general public are equally welcome.
RSVP to 705-765-5723 or email@example.com
Join us and meet Rob Keen, the CEO of Forest Ontario, as we explore the range of benefits that our forests provide, including the important role they play in the fight against climate change.
Free for MLA members, $10 fee for non-members (free for kids)
RSVP to 705-765-5723 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Steve Munro from Westwind Forest Stewardship as he talks about how you can prepare your property and your trees for the changing climate. He will also discuss some best practices for backlot maintenance.
Climate is changing in Muskoka just as it is changing elsewhere, and we are powerless to alter the trajectory by taking local action. Instead, we must adapt to the changes coming, while supporting the global actions that need to take place if we are to avert truly serious changes in climate later in this century. To adapt effectively, we must plan ahead and be proactive.
Dr. Sale will talk about the likely mid-century climate and how it is likely to impact our lives. He will explain why careful planning and action are needed by individuals as well as by government, and how we might act to retain the special environment we all value highly.
See the full video presentation on YouTube here.