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Garlic Mustard Pull in the Copeland: Underground Discoveries by Youth You reach down, push aside dead leaves, feel for the top of the Garlic Mustard root and pull it up slowly. But what else did the young teens with the Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers youth conservationist group find down under in the Copeland?Salamanders, newts, land snails, centipedes, millipedes, ants….. creatures that keep hidden in the leaf litter and under rocks and logs. What are they doing? What purpose do these critters serve? Well, they are eating the dead and decaying vegetation and play a crucial role in helping it to decompose. The nutrient-rich feces they leave behind enrich the soil. Oh yes, beetles, toads, snakes, birds and mammals like to eat snails and the other critters for their nutritional needs. It was inspiring to work with this group of young environmentalists. They are taking action by pulling Garlic Mustard to preserve habitats and species that are declining. Who knows, they may discover a career as an entomologist or a malacologist (scientist who studies snails)If you would like to help, write garlicmustard@copelandfriends.ca ... See MoreSee Less
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Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers pull garlic mustard.You were awesome! YOUTH CONSERVATION group of the Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers pulled enough Garlic Mustard in the Copeland to fill a Friends’ compost bin. Enough to take home to make hummus as well. Thank you for your inspiring contribution.The partnership between the Copeland Friends and the GBHA has been longstanding and beneficial. Both believe in preserving the natural habitats for all living creatures well into the future. As one young person said on Saturday, “It makes sense to pull Garlic Mustard and protect the trees and plants, after all they give us what we need to survive…good water and oxygen.” The Copeland 4400 sq.ac. has been designated ANSI, an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest. The Friends’ effort to contain Garlic Mustard prioritizes protecting sections of exceptional biological significance in the upland, deciduous forest. If you would like to help, write garlicmustard@copelandfriends.ca ... See MoreSee Less
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AGM UPDATE:Last Wednesday CFFA held their Annual General Meeting. The guest speaker Graeme Davis, Registered Professional Forester, Simcoe County gave a very interesting presentation about the history of the Simcoe County and the Copeland ForestsThank you to all of the members who attended. ... See MoreSee Less
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The Copeland Forest is a 4,400 acre Resource Management Area in Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada, owned by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests. The size, beauty, and unfettered use of the forest by a wide variety of recreational users inspired an initiative to conserve the natural integrity of the forest and facilitate compatible recreational use.

In October 2015 the Copeland Forest Friends Association formed a Non-Profit Corporation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the MNRF, and began offering memberships. The organization has been structured to ensure that all of the major recreational user groups are represented equally. There are many ways to join us including becoming a member, volunteering, making a donation, and signing up for our newsletter. We look forward to seeing you in the forest!