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   Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club                              April 2017

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No Joke, Baton Relay Starts April 1!

50th Anniversary Baton Relay Badge

April 1st marks the kick-off for the 50th Anniversary Baton Relay which runs (no pun intended) until the baton reaches the terminal cairn in Tobermory on June 10 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Bruce Trail. With the help of volunteers, the baton will travel the entire length of the Bruce Trail. The Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) has commissioned a new Anniversary baton and an Anniversary badge for volunteers assisting in this historic event.

Beaver Valley hosts the baton from May 7 to 15. The baton will travel approximately 15 km of trail each day as it moves through our section. Volunteers are needed every day to move it along its journey. Contact Glenda Collings at to volunteer for the event.

BVBTC will post our hike itinerary for the event shortly. Join us on this epic journey (or just a small part of it) and follow the baton along the Bruce Trail. Use #brucetrailbaton when sharing your photos and posts on social media. Help get the word out about the BTC 50th Anniversary Celebrations in Tobermory on June 10.

For more information on the BTC Anniversary Baton Relay, visit Bruce Trail 50th Anniversary Baton Relay .

Preserving Biodiversity Series

Poster, Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy Preserving Biodiverity Series, Grey Roots Museum, Owen Sound, April 12 and 26.

Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy is holding workshops to promote stewardship, species at risk monitoring and invasive species control on privately owned land in the community. April 12 and 26 at Grey Roots Museum in Owen Sound.

The workshops will be led by regional and local experts. The Species at Risk Workshop (Part 1) covers methods for monitoring populations and improving or creating habitat for species at risk on your property. The Invasive Species Workshop (Part 2) educates participants about the identification, management and control of invasive species on your land. Visit Preserving Biodiversity Series for more information.

Register for the workshop series with the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy .

Wodehouse Karst Side Trail Opens

Wodehouse Creek disappears into sinkholes in this blind valley. Photo copyright Stew Hilts.

This exciting new side trail travels through a significant karst landscape in the Beaver Valley. The trail was developed through the collaborative efforts of Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club, the Friends of the Kimberley Forest, the Grey-Sauble Conservation Authority and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Join Jill Smith-Brodie on May 13 for a dedication ceremony to mark the grand opening of the Wodehouse Karst Side Trail. The ceremony will take place along the new trail a short distance from the road. Meet at the old Talisman parking lot (at km 80.8) at 1:30 pm to carpool to the trailhead on the 7th Line. Contact Jill Smith-Brodie at 519-270-0076 for more information.

Take a virtual tour of some of the unique sights along the Wodehouse Karst Side Trail .

Stewardship Byte

Kimberley Springs are easy to see in early Spring. Photo copyright Stew Hilts. Kimberley Springs

Bills Creek rushes down the hillside in early Spring. Photo courtesy Stew Hilts. Bill’s Creek

The unique geology of the Niagara Escarpment in the valley means that there are a lot of springs along the escarpment slopes, with disappearing streams above. The biggest of these is Kimberley Springs, now a Bruce Trail Conservancy property extending south of Sideroad 7A at the top of the old Talisman ski slopes. You can see the springs best if no leaves are out yet. The springs generate a large flow of water which tumbles down the slope forming Bill’s Creek. This is one of the ‘must-see’ spots on a BTC property in the valley.