Happy Spring everyone,
I hope you all have been able to get out and enjoy the forest now that the seasons finally appear to be changing with some warm weather on the horizon. I’m sure you have noticed, if you have been venturing safely into the Copeland, that we have a large increase in visitors of all sorts this season. Our trails are currently seeing above average use from all types of users.
Here are a few reminders for us all to follow:
- If you decide to visit the Copeland, please be mindful of social distancing. When parking leave an extra amount of space between vehicles. If one lot is full, please try another if possible. When you can, walk or ride a bike into the forest and leave a car at home.
- While on the trails, please give lots of room to other users when you pass them on the trail. Be courteous with each other since many visitors may in the forest for the first time and end up in places where you may not expect them to be. This is a multi use forest, everyone has a right to use the Copeland.
- Trail Building in the Copeland Forest is prohibited. Enjoy, share, and respect the trails we have, but please do not make any new trails or features. The forest is home to many different species of plants and animals that occupy specific niches. Disturbing the natural soils with a shovel, rake or any other equipment will upset this balance. In recent months, the forest has sprouted many new trail segments, so we need to work together and enjoy the network without over developing it. Remember, bikers and those that use the single track trail network are just a portion of other users in the forest. We need to respect each other and the forest.
- Help when you can. The trail network is maintained, kept as safe as possible, and clean by countless hours donated by volunteer workers. Please don’t litter, carry out what you brought in, and kick off the stick laying in the middle of the trail.
We are all living in different times. Working together, being polite with each other, and being courteous towards the forest will go a long way when we are out on the trails. Enjoy them, but stay safe.
The CFFA Board