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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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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Join the Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association on September 19th for a guided hike in Copeland Forest. Details below!WhenSunday, Sep 19, 2021Description1:30pm Copeland Forest HikeModerate hike for approx. 2 hrs. Meet in P2 parking lot on Ingram Road just east of Line 4The hike will be followed by a corn/wiener roast at 4pm at 2056 Brown Road, Springwater. Bring a lawn chair and $6.00.Must pre-register with a hike leader by Friday, Sept. 17. (see Contact Leaders below). Preference will be given to Ganaraska members. Covid protocols will be in place - these include keeping your distance, stepping off the trail by 6 feet if passing/meeting others, and staying home if you have any symptoms of illness.Contact Leaders:Wayne - 705-718-0143 / Sue - 705-722-0395 ... See MoreSee Less
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COPELAND FOREST FRIENDS SUMMER UPDATEAt our June 17th Board meeting, we elected our Executive for the upcoming year. David Kennedy is returning as Board President, while Ray Gingras was re-elected as Vice-President, Sandra McLoughlin as Treasurer, and Kyra Howes will be taking over the position of Secretary. David’s experience and knowledge make his return as President timely, especially in light of the increased pressures on the Forest since the start of the pandemic. David said, “I am looking forward to working with all user groups to put the health of the forest first and put in place a process to develop a new vision for the Association’s future.” Over the course of the summer and beyond, David will also lead the development of new board policies and procedures and help improve our membership process. David reported, “We now have over 250 members and many new volunteers, so we need to refine our processes for engaging members and volunteers. To help facilitate this, a task group is working to revamp our web site and our membership system.” Brad Turner, outgoing President, will be chairing an interim trail committee that will focus on developing terms of reference and recommendations for composition of a permanent Trails Committee. The new committee will be governed by the need to consider the health of the forest first and foremost while considering the interests of all users. While the interim committee addresses these items, the moratorium on trail building will remain in effect, and the public is reminded that, if they see any trail building activity, to contact trails@copelandfriends.ca. Kyra Howes, who is also Chair of the Ecology and Sustainability Committee, will be looking at how to strengthen this committee. Their work will enable us to update our understanding of the forest and ensure effective ecological input into trail stewardship. Looking beyond the summer, David concluded, “We will also develop new ways of reaching out to our membership and community to get input on future directions for the Forest and the trails. We will be back in touch with all concerned in the fall. In the meantime, enjoy the forest this summer.” For more information and updates, please visit the Copeland Forest Friends Association website at: www.copelandfriends.ca/. ... See MoreSee Less
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