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   Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club                               July 2017

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Dynamic Duo Receive Keith Solomon Award

Bob Hann and Joan Nuffield accept the Keith Solomon Award for 2017 from Ros Rosetti at the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club AGM in June.

Its official, Bob Hann and Joan Nuffield were given “The Boot” at the AGM in June. With all the hats they wear, they earned it!

Independently and as a team, Bob and Joan have taken active roles in the preservation of the Bruce Trail in the Beaver Valley as a Trail Captain Team and Land Stewards. So wholehearted is their commitment to stewardship, they have spearheaded buckthorn eradication (Bob) and garlic mustard pulling campaigns as well as outreach in the local community (Joan). Apparently, their secret weapon for getting things done is, butter tarts!

In their spare moments, Joan is Editor of Beaver Tales and organizes important fundraisers for the Club while Bob has taken up with the mowing crew and has a side-gig helping develop the Beaver Valley Operational Database.

Hats off and three cheers for Bob and Joan!

Bruce Trail Section Opening Event

Bruce Trail section opening on the Daphne and Gordon Nicholls Nature Reserve in the Beaver Valley July 26.

Help Build New Blue Trail to Connect Kimberley & Old Baldy

Viewpoint from Old Baldy overlooking Kimberley and the Beaver Valley

With the approval of the Grey Sauble Conservation Association, the Beaver Valley Club of the Bruce Trail Conservancy is developing an official side trail into Kimberley. It will connect with the main Trail south of Old Baldy and descend about a km to intersect with Grey Road 13 just south of the village, following, in places, the trail that local citizens have already established.

On Saturday, July 15, 9:00 am, we are welcoming all Beaver Valley Bruce Trail members to join us for a work party. Sunday, July 16 at 1:00 pm will be reserved as a rain date.

Contact Kelly Killoran, Volunteer Coordinator, at if you are available to assist. Thank you!

Stewardship Byte

Find Orange Hawkweed blooming along the Bruce Trail in the Beaver Valley

Stewardship means caring for the land that the Bruce Trail Conservancy owns, but it also leads us to recognize and appreciate the natural features of the entire trail. We stop and identify plants, birds and other wildlife on our own properties, but we see them wherever we hike. This summer, there will be lots of wildflowers (many of them considered ‘weeds’), that might make your excursion more interesting. Check out my blog post on some of these if you're interested, and next time you're hiking through a meadow, along a fencerow, or even along the roadside, stop for a moment and appreciate the common wildflowers you're seeing.

Stew Hilts