Spring Garlic Mustard Exploratory Hike

Join the Garlic Mustard Team and members of the Ganaraska Hiking Club for an early Spring walk looking for garlic mustard rosettas and generally learning about this invasive plant and the varied forest floor vegetation at risk.  They may even pick some rosettes. Date April

Copeland Forest Update – Trails Moratorium to Protect Forest

Over the past two years, many community residents have reached out to Copeland Forest Friends Association expressing concern about the continued building of single-track trails in the Copeland Forest, despite it being already saturated with trails. Copeland Forest Friends Association (CFFA), a not-for-profit organization charged

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Download a map of all the major trails in the Copeland Forest.

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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ATTENTION MEMBERS - The single track trail from P1 over to the Duck Pond is currently overgrown with wild parsnips. This invasive species can cause burns to skin if you disturb it while walking. We therefore recommend that you either avoid the area or ensure long adequate pants are worn. We will plan to mow a swath next spring when the wild parsnip is safe to cut. For more information about Wild Parsnip go to: www.invasivespeciescentre.ca/invasive-species/meet-the-species/invasive-plants/wild-parsnip/?gcli... ... See MoreSee Less
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Copeland Forest Trail Fairies Are Real! Keeping the Copeland Forest trails in good condition for all to enjoy doesn’t happen by magic. Rather it’s the result of hard work by a group of dedicated volunteers. When trees fall and block certain trails after a storm, local volunteers come in to move the trees out of the way. You may have noticed the remnants of trees that recently fell alongside the trails. Other recent trail work includes the building or extending of platforms across wet areas. These platforms reduce impact on the surrounding environment and make the trails safer. They mitigate the widening of trails or creation of new trails when people try to find ways around these wet areas. The Copeland Forest Friends Association (CFFA) would like to thank the trail work volunteers and Horseshoe Resort for their time and effort, as well as United Lumber for their generous donation of the building materials used in the platforms. The recent trail works are consistent with the Copeland Forest Trail Plan that is nearing completion. The draft Trail Plan was recently presented to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and will be presented to various CFFA User Groups this summer. The Plan is expected to be released in the Fall. ... See MoreSee Less
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