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   Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club                              February 2019

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NEC Update on Amendment on Motorized Vehicles

Snowmobile into sunset. Photo credit Fredrik Backman 2007, Pixabay. Photo credit: Fredrik Backman, 2007, Pixabay.

Readers of the Winter 2018/2019 issue of Beaver Tales may be wondering about the outcome of the January 17 Niagara Escarpment Commission hearing discussed in Richard Stark’s cover story, NEC Poised to Allow Motorized Vehicles on BV Escarpment Natural Area.

At issue was an application which would allow snowmobiles access to an NEC-protected area where motorized vehicles are not permitted unless there was an uninterrupted “existing use” starting before the 1985 Escarpment Plan approval. At the January 17 hearing, Commissioners heard three additional presentations and met in camera with their legal counsel before voting to overturn their previous decision and refuse the permit application by the snowmobiling club.

The reasons for decision include that the proposal is not a permitted use in the area, and does not meet various development criteria in the Niagara Escarpment Plan. The appeal period for this decision expires at midnight on February 8.

Work on Sendero Pacifico Continues

Sendero Pacfico trail building volunteers in Costa Rica enjoy some hiking during their working vacation March 2018

A 6.5 km section of the Sendero Pacifico recreational hiking trail in Costa Rica is twinned with a 6.8 km section of Beaver Valley’s beautiful Falling Waters Trail. The Sendero Pacifico is still in development and will eventually extend about 80 kms from the mountains of Monteverde to the mangrove forests on the west coast Gulf of Nicoya.

To date, four groups of BTC volunteers have assisted the community of San Luis at the upper end with improving existing trail and establishing new trail. Two more groups of BTC volunteers are about to depart to assist with this community-supported endeavour bringing the total number of participants to 60, with representation from each of the nine Bruce Trail Clubs.

The work is complemented by various local activities which serve to acquaint volunteers with the people and way of life in rural Costa Rica. The 12 day trips allow for plenty of hiking and badge collectors can earn the new Sendero Pacifico Friendship Trail badge if they also hike the Beaver Valley Friendship Trail.

Please join us in wishing those about to set off “Buen Viaje!”

Meet Ruth

 Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club new Secretary on the board  Ruth Plant. Photo courtesy Ruth Plant 2019.

Ruth Plant is another of our new board members this year, joining on as Secretary earlier this fall. It was at the last AGM, listening to Ros Rossetti speaking, she learned about a number of jobs that remained unfilled at the Club. She also was surprised by how many jobs Ros was taking on herself in the interim! The commitment of the board impressed her so much, that Ruth decided to reach out to lift some of the burden.

While Ruth and her husband, Bruce Clark, have only been living in the area for a few years since retiring, Ruth has a long association with both the Bruce Trail and the Beaver Valley. As a teen, living in Lion’s Head, she helped mark a section of the original Bruce Trail near Cape Chin as part of a school project. Ruth has been coming to what was originally her grandfather’s cottage west of Flesherton for over 55 years. From the cottage she has easy access to the Bruce Trail. She and Bruce are life members of the BTC.

For the past year-and-a-half, Ruth and Bruce have also been Trail Captains on a stretch of the Bruce Trail between Grey Roads 19 and 2. They have friends who are Trail Captains and heard that the Club was looking for volunteers. When they learned more about the job of Trail Captains, they decided, “We can do this too.”

Having had a career focused on health promotion, it’s not surprising that she enjoys a wide range of activities. Besides hiking, Ruth and Bruce are avid cross-country skiiers, canoeists, travellers and members of the Schoolhouse Singers. Ruth is currently co-chair of the Collingwood Syrian Sponsorship Committee and coordinates a non-fiction book club for the newly formed 4Seasons Probus Club.

Snowshoe Badge Hike in Loree with Blue Mountains Club

Night Time Snowshoe under a Full Moon

Earn a Blue Mountain Snowshoe Badge for $5 with a single 1-1/2 hour hike! Join the Blue Mountain Club February 19 for a night-time snowshoe badge hike in Loree Forest and see the full moon. Meet Blue Mountains leader Rosemary Petrie at Tim Hortons in Collingwood or contact the leader to arrange to meet at Loree. After the hike the group will go for a hot drink.

Membership is not required to join our hikes. New hikers are always welcome. See February Hikes for details on our organized hikes.