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Sunday, 26 September 2021

Upgrades to Callaghan's Conservation parking lot Oct. 25/21

 
I met with Marc this aft to double check major plans are still on schedule, which they are. I know a lot of members of our group have been feeling disheartened because we haven't been meeting, and many members aren't aware of what has been going on 'behind the scenes' with Marc's coordination. However, a lot of very major upgrades are either in progress or are about to happen very soon, which should lift everyone's spirits!

A major upgrade to the parking lot is about to take place during the week of October 25. Callaghan's will be closed to the public so a local contractor can enlarge, upgrade and fortify the parking lot from entry to the conservation area by illegal motorized vehicles. The $7K needed to do this major construction work has been arranged. The contractor has facilities very close to Callaghan's at Tiffin Road and Highway #7, so the transportation cost of moving heavy equipment has been lessened.   

Marc has also been meeting with members of Marmora & Lake Council, EOTA (Eastern Ontario Trails Assoc.), of course Tim Pidduck with CVCA (Crowe Valley Conservation Area), and several other related groups. We're anticipating that once the expensive parking lot upgrade has been completed it will encourage EOTA to do their share of protecting Callaghan's from illegal ATV riders entering from the trans-Canada rail bed by fencing off access to the area next spring.

A CVCA staffer has been assigned to work under Marc's supervision on the ongoing mudding trail project. The brush barriers have been successful in keeping ATVers out of the 100 metre mud road they illegally built paralleling the river. Most of the summer Marc and CVCA staffer Liam have been hauling loads of soil and sphagnum for the arduous job of filling in the deep ruts. Several members of our group recently transplanted pine saplings at the northern entrance to the mudding trail. Restoring the natural habitat of the mudding trail is an ongoing process, and I suggest members take a look at what has already been accomplished there.

The protection and restoration of our favourite conservation area is definitely alive, well and thriving thanks to the support of our large membership group!


thanks & best wishes to everyone,

Chris (Faiers)

 

Callaghans Trail

Thursday, 23 September 2021

first newsletter of environmental defence : connecting citizens groups across Ontario

 Welcome to the first edition of our newsletter!

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Dear Chris,

Welcome to the first edition of our Ontario: Yours to Protect newsletter, a monthly round-up of a few of the latest issues and threats facing this province's environment, and how you can help protect it.

Yours to Protect is an initiative bringing together local citizen groups and environmental organisations from across Ontario to support clean water, farmland, biodiversity and healthy communities.

Thank you for being part of the movement.

In solidarity,

The Yours to Protect Team

 

ORBIT DEVELOPMENT: INNISFIL MEGA-PROJECT THREATENS LAKE SIMCOE
The Orbit is a giant proposed “new city in a cornfield” development near the shores of Lake Simcoe. This mega-project is slated to pave over farmland and radically change how Innisfil will grow, placing an impossible pollution burden on nearby Lake Simcoe. Last month, the Ontario government issued a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) to override local planning rules - including requirements for affordable housing - and permit the destruction to go ahead. Visit the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition webpage to learn more and take action.

SAVE THE CLEARVIEW WETLANDS
Amidst the scenic hills of the Niagara Escarpment in Simcoe County, a municipality is attempting to destroy an area of rare wetlands and old growth forests by paving and widening a seasonal dirt road to benefit a private quarry. Read this blog by local activist Wendy and take action.

 

5000-ACRE YORK REGION LAND-GRAB DELAYED BY PEOPLE-POWER
York Region’s plan to pave over 5,000 acres of its remaining farmland hit a roadblock - but it’s not over yet. Last week the council met to approve its sprawl agenda in a surprise special meeting, but thanks to a strong response from residents pushed the decision back to October 21. Read more and take action.

 

WE WENT TO THE HIGHWAY 413 COMMUNITY WEBINAR SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO
The Ontario government’s Highway 413 project team is holding their second community engagement webinar next week. Environmental Defence’s Programs Director Keith Brooks attended the first meeting and found minimal public interaction, and a series of misleading statements about the proposed megahighway. Learn more in this blog.

 


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Hello Yours to Protect Team,

Congrats on this first informative newsletter. It's a great idea to have a forum so the many citizens groups forming across Ontario can keep each other updated on our various campaigns and projects.

Our local conservation area, Callaghan's Rapids, has been under attack from ATV vandals driving up and down the river bed for several years now. Although motorized vehicles are prohibited, they have become so emboldened they've created their own "mudding road" through over a hundred metres of forest.

Our group formed just over a year ago, and we've already had some minimal success with stopping the ATV destruction and are starting some restoration projects and improved parking lot access.

best wishes,
Chris Faiers

Marmora, Ontario

zenriver@sympatico.ca


Here's a post from my blog last year about our group:
 

Monday, 20 September 2021