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Last chance (?) of the season to complete Tree-O-Caching

It looks from the forecast like real winter is soon to descend on Grey-Bruce. If you are hoping to complete the Tree-O-Caching series and enter the members-only contest, your time may be running out because caches #1 and #2 are not findable once the snow is staying. for an update on the tree-themed geocaches and contest details click here.

First-ever TREEvia a success!

Winning TREEvia Team

It was a full house at MacLean’s Craft Brewery in Hanover for BGWA’s TREEvia event last Saturday. Following a brewery tour by Charles MacLean himself, and with delicious samples in hand, members assembled into small teams for some friendly tree-based trivia competition modelled on the game Trivial Pursuit. Thanks to board member Kevin Predon for bringing the event together, and especially for creating such a great selection of interesting questions! Not only did everyone have fun, but everyone learned something too! We hope this will become an annual event, perhaps circulating to other local breweries each year. For more pics, see event gallery in the Members section.

IMPORTANT: Grey County Recreational Trails Master Plan Open House Nov 29

Grey County is preparing a Recreational Trails Master Plan. This plan will provide a blueprint for future trails projects and requirements. It will be focused on linking community trails to County trails, determining the ultimate use of the CP Rail Trail and looking at trail use and future requirements for trails in some of the 48 forest properties owned by Grey County. The project will develop trail standards for walking trails, bicycle trails and multi-use trails, and considering the compatibility of ATV and snowmobile users with non-motorized users. It will develop criteria to apply for restricting certain trail users to specific areas or trails.

So far, the user groups we have identified include snowmobile, horseback riding, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, dog walking, and ATV use. Woodland owners and enthusiasts who are part of BGWA can provide an informed and experienced voice to help ensure the perspective of this undertaking broad and inclusive.

Open house takes place Wednesday November 29, 6PM, Grey County Admin Bldg, 595 9th Ave East, Owen Sound. Click here for more details.

Beneficial Management Practices for Birds at Risk

The Ontario Woodlot Association has published a guide titled Beneficial Management Practices for Southwestern Ontario Forest Birds at Risk: A Guide for Woodlot Owners and Forest Practitioners, with lots of useful tips and information which may be of interest to some woodland owners in Grey and Bruce. Download the PDF document by clicking on the link above.

Firewood Method

Sharing an interesting piece from Northern Woodlands magazine, that will be of interest to members who heat with wood: It’s probably safe to assume that most readers of this magazine are well aware that firewood needs to be reasonably dry before it’s burned, and that it’s a pain to move, so you’d better have a system for it… (continue reading article here).

Reminder: TREEvia at MacLean’s Brewery this Saturday afternoon

Just a couple of days until our TREEvia event, taking place at MacLean’s Brewery (includes a tour!) in Hanover on Saturday from 3-5. Complete details and registration click here.

Watch Call of the Forest with Saugeen Nature: Nov 27

If you missed BGWA’s screening of the Canadian documentary Call of the Forest in January (or maybe you caught it but want to enjoy it again or bring someone else to see it!) join friends of one of our affiliated groups, Saugeen Nature, for their screening coming up on Nov 27 in Formosa, Bruce County.

Click on the event poster for more details.