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National Forest Week:As National Forest Week, (September 18-24), comes to a close, you are reminded that getting out to a forest of your choice, including Copeland Forest, is part of the initiatives for this week. Fall in love with our forest, all over again, by exploring a favourite route, or venturing off on a marked trail you may not have tried yet… ... See MoreSee Less
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Routine Single-track Trail Maintenance in Copeland Forest: A big thanks to the local “trail stewards” who volunteer their time to help maintain single-track trails in the Copeland Forest. CFFA would like to clarify that while the moratorium on new trailbuilding is still in effect, regular trail maintenance on existing open trails is permitted. If you see one of the trail stewards taking care of the trails please thank them!Regular trail maintenance activities include:• Hand trimming on edges of trails where required (kept to a minimum to make sure our single-tracks don’t turn into double-tracks!)• Leaf blowing in spring and fall• Tree dead fall and branch removal• Removal of any safety hazards (e.g., flapping root that could get stuck in a bike tire). Everyone can help keep maintain the integrity of the Copeland trails by keeping off the trails during wet weather and freeze-melt cycles. Use the trails that dry out quickly first. If excessivedirt is sticking to your shoes, hooves or tires then you are damaging the trails! We also note that development of the Copeland Trail Plan continues. An assessment of the trails, including the adjacent vegetation/habitat, has been ongoing over the summer and is tocontinue into the fall. ... See MoreSee Less
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Learn What Copeland Forest Visitors Have to Say About Their Experience on Trails in Copeland Forest, in the CFFA 2022 Trail Survey Summary In response to the increasing use and concerns regarding impact on the natural environment in Copeland Forest, the CFFA has established a Trail Committee. The primary function of the Trail Committee is to develop a Trail Plan to consider and balance environmental sensitivities and desired recreation experiences in the Forest.A survey was undertaken to help the Committee better understand how the Copeland Forest trails are being used, what users most value about the trails, and any concerns forest users may have. The survey was advertised on-line including social media and posters were put out at various locations including at the main trail heads. The survey was available from late May to early July 2022. The survey including about twenty questions including some open ended questions.See full results by following this link:copelandfriends.ca/trail-survey. Visit the Copeland Forest Friends website for full survey results and access to PDF, with results in graph format , under the Trail Survey tab, at the top of the pagewww.copelandfriends.caThanks to all who participated in filling in the survey, and to the dedicated volunteers who prepared, delivered and compiled the results of the survey. ... See MoreSee Less
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Summer 2022Ducks Unlimited Update:The control structure in the dam in Copeland Forest is in poor condition. To reduce the risk of failure while we develop a long-term solution. DUC intends to draw down the water level in the wetland by up to 1.3m by end of September 2022. Before we draw down the water, we’ll remove accumulated debris and black muck from the upstream side of the control structure to prevent organic sediment from being carried downstream when we lower the water level. We plan to carry out the removal in late August 2022 using an excavator. From past experience we know that an operating excavator has little disturbance on Swan broods – the basically ignore the equipment. Timing of these activities takes into account the Trumpeter Swan brood in Copeland Forest, hibernating turtles and amphibians and spawning trout and salmon. Trumpeter Swans cygnets typically start flying approximately 100 days after hatch, which coincides with our mid-September water lowering start date – during the water level lowering period, we will ensure that there will be more than 100 linear metres of open water which is necessary for newly flying cygnets to take off and land. We anticipate taking 14 days to reach our target water level, at which point the water will be stabilized and maintained at this level for overwintering turtles and amphibians. There will be no in-water work or other water level manipulation after October 1 to ensure no disturbance or sedimentary material flowing downstream where spawning brood trout and migrating salmon may be located ... 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!