Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area

Location: Scugog Township Ontario
Region: Central
Character: Newly Rehabilitated
Length/Size: 1134 acres

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By Kawartha Conservation

Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area is Kawartha Conservation's newest natural area, and the first within the Township of Scugog .

The East Cross Forest project was initiated after many properties in the area suffered negative environmental impacts from off-road motorized vehicles, dumping and other illegal activities. We are currently rehabilitating and managing acquired lands to protect groundwater for surrounding residents and businesses, and to protect a variety of plant species and cold-water fish habitat.

Our current land holdings are 1,134 acres. Our goal is to ensure sensitive ecological features are protected, while providing opportunities for the community to engage in low-impact recreational activities.

East Cross Forest is designated as a Natural Core Area on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Natural Core Areas contain the greatest concentrations of key natural heritage features that are critical to maintaining the integrity of the Oak Ridges Moraine as a whole. As a result, these lands carry the highest level of protection under the Oak Ridges Moraine Act, prohibiting development and most recreational motorized vehicle activity, among others. One trail provides a necessary link with a regional recreational snowmobile trail and is utilized by members of the Ontario Snowmobile Association Loading photo...during the winter months. All other motorized vehicle activity is strictly prohibited in all seasons.

What is happening now in East Cross Forest?
A management plan for a multi-use conservation area is currently being implemented. We are restoring heavily damaged sections of the land and constructing sustainable trails and structures.

The conservation area is available to the public for low-impact recreational activities such as hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and environmental education. Visitors must stay on the marked trails shown on the map below.

A zero tolerance approach is in effect, and those who enter the conservation area on motorized vehicles, vandalize infrastructure or enter outside of poster hours (below) are being charged by Durham Regional Police and Kawartha Conservation.

Hours of Operation
May-October 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
November-April 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
No access is permitted outside of posted hours.

1.From Highway 35, turn west onto Waite Road for 6.1 km
2.Turn left at Manvers-Scugog Townline for 200 m
3.Take the first right onto Devitts Road for 1.9 km
4.Destination will be on the left at 4560 Devitts Road, Scugog, Ontario

The parking area is not maintained from October 31 to May 1.