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Copeland Forest Friends

 

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!

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November 30, 2021Copeland Forest Update – Trail Building Moratorium ReminderThe Copeland Forest Friends Association (CFFA) is taking on a more active stewardship role with respect to trails in the Copeland Forest in response to increasing pressure on the trails and widespread impacts on the forest. In early 2021, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry approved this new direction in the CFFA’s work plan. As previously communicated to the public in June, this communication is a reminder that the CFFA has confirmed a moratorium on trail building in the Copeland Forest. This moratorium also includes any work on unused/closed trails. This moratorium is in place to prevent further damage to sensitive habitat areas in the Forest.The CFFA has now established a Trails Committee who have started the development of a Trails Plan for the forest. This Plan is to provide recommendations on the trail network and on future trail activities in the Forest. As part of the process to develop this Plan, the Trails Committee will be reaching out to all user groups and the community to receive their input.While the moratorium has largely been observed, it has been brought to the attention of the Committee that trail work has occurred on a previous closed trail located in a sensitive habitat area. With the moratorium now in place, the Committee is actively encouraging users to report any trail building activity to the CFFA. If you see any trail building activity that does not have a Copeland Forest Friends sign, please photograph the area of concern, and email your photos to trails@copelandfriends.ca. The Copeland Forest is a 4,400-acre Resource Management Area in Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada, managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests. In October 2015, the Copeland Forest Friends Association formed a Non-Profit Corporation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the MNRF. The focus of the Friends is stewardship and trails work to conserve the natural integrity of the forest and facilitating compatible recreational use. The organization has been structured to ensure that all the major recreational user groups are represented equally.Photo caption: Unauthorized trail building earlier this year - please report.For more information, please contact: trails@copelandfriends.ca ... See MoreSee Less
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Copeland Forest Friends Trail Committee holds first meeting The Copeland Forest Friends Association (CFFA) Trail Committee met recently and launched its work to develop a vision and trail plan for the Forest. While this review is underway, the moratorium on new trails will continue. We want to thank the community for coming forward to volunteer for the new trail committee. A board sub-committee interviewed all prospective committee members and proposed the membership to the Board. At the October meeting, the Board approved the Trail Committee’s membership. Don McKinnon volunteered to serve as chair and bring his expertise in planning and passion for the forest to the task. Thanks to Don for taking on this leadership role. The other committee members are: Greg Cormack, Mary Anne Greatrix, Bob Hannah, Margaret Kennedy, Lindsay Serjeant and Mark Zielinski. Thanks, all for joining with us on this important project to ensure the trails are sustainable for the future. The committee will report regularly to the Friends’ Board and reach out to the community as its work progresses. If you have any questions, please contact trails@copelandfriends.ca . ... See MoreSee Less
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The annual Controlled Deer Hunts will be held in Copeland Forest (Wildlife Management Unit 76E) from Nov. 1 - 5 and from Nov. 29 - Dec. 3, 2021. The hunts are limited to antlered deer and to the use of muzzle-loading guns only. All gun hunters are required to wear prescribed hunter orange. The archery season for deer runs from Oct. 1 - Dec. 31. For more information, please refer to the 2021 Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-hunting-regulations-summary. ... See MoreSee Less
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