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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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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