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Trail Etiquette Reminders in Winter: As we want all users of the Copeland Forest to have a safe and enjoyable visit here are a few friendly reminders:Non-skiers please stay to the very side of the groomed ski trails as footprints are hazardous to skiers!We love dogs but they must be kept under control at all times. If you can stick to the single track trails as much as possible that would be greatly appreciated by the skiers. ... See MoreSee Less
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Water Testing in the Copeland Forest:Among the many ways to get actively involved in the stewardship work in Copeland, is the opportunity to join the water testing team. This group of volunteers works in pairs, to test the health of the water, in several spots within the forest, monthly , up until November each year. The findings are used by the Severn Sound, Couchiching Conservancy and the Ministry of the Environment, to establish a baseline of data from the source waters of the Coldwater, Sturgeon and Nottawasaga River watersheds.Water testing Co-ordinator, Jamie Ross, thanks past and current testers for the samples collected over this season, and the previous years. If you are interested in joining this team, you will receive training around the collection and testing of the water.In turn, we need to provide heartfelt thanks to Jamie, for his long-standing, gentle and effective training, upkeep of supplies within the kits, and general co-ordination of the group. This Co-ordinator position is also available, if you might be interested.To volunteer as tester or as Co-ordinator, please contact Kyra Howes of the Ecology Committee of Friends of Copeland Forest: kyrahowes@hotmail.com ... See MoreSee Less
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Learn More About Us, as you start your Adventure in Copeland Forest: We are pleased to announce a new Kiosk sign, in P2 parking lot, at the 4th Line N and Ingram Road.This sign provides an overview of the forest and guidelines for use, a short history, and a land acknowledgement. There is also a map of all the trails which is orientated with Ingram Rd at the bottom so you can plan your visit into the forest. As well, a QR code links you out to Trailforks app, so that you have a trail map with you all the time.We want to thank Brad Turner for his leadership on this project and the involvement of Jenn Copeland, Robb MacDonald, Kyra Howes and David Kennedy. Special thanks go out to Michael Scott Landscaping for the kiosk design and installation. This project was funded under the federal Healthy Communities initiative.We will also be making an announcement soon about the snow clearing of the two parking lots on Ingram Rd. The Friends are committed to doing this work again this year.Let us know, in the comments, how this kiosk signage, enhances your visit. ... See MoreSee Less
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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!