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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).

Tree-o-Caching Contest Update

We have had a total of 54 finds so far (detailed below) on the five tree-themed geocaches BGWA set out around Grey & Bruce counties in July. The caches are available for the interest of everyone. But, only for BGWA members, once you have found all 5 you can be entered in a contest for a Leatherman Skeletool (retail value $100) to be drawn at the AGM in February. Contest details, and how to enter, click here. Continue reading

Plant more trees to combat climate change: scientists

Thanks to BGWA member Roger Short for submitting a link to this Reuters article of interest to members. As Roger rightly observes, “This reinforces what BGWA is all about and that we can do our bit to both help and provide information for others who might wish to join our group at a local level.”

If you come across content of potential interest to woodland owners and enthusiasts in Grey-Bruce, use the comment form on any page to suggest it by sending the link URL along with your comment.

Follow-Up to The Working Forest movie

Members who watched the screening of The Working Forest at our AGM earlier this year may be interested in this news item This ‘fire bird’ is back in N.J. for the first time in almost 30 years; here’s how it happened from Bob Williams, who was featured in the movie and includes some of the subjects from the movie.

BBQ Reminder + Event Announcement

Hello Members! Just one week to go until our great annual BBQ, coming up Sat Sep 16th. Click link for details. Register in advance for a chance at a great prize. ANOTHER GREAT BGWA EVENT coming up: you will want to keep the afternoon of Sat Oct 14th open for a special event featuring Doug Larson… well known for his work discovering of the ancient forests of the Niagara Escarpment PLUS another distinguished guest speaker PLUS a screening of a feature documentary. Further details will be revealed at the BBQ, then released online in the week following and in the newsletter toward the end of the month.