The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is pleased to announce two new partnerships with local Ganaraska Forest user groups. The Ganaraska Forest Horse Club (GFHC) and the Peterborough Trailbuilders Association (PTA) will be maintaining two areas in the passive-use only central section of the Ganaraska Forest under a one-year trial agreement.
In 2018, the Ganaraska Forest Horse Club built an extension trail in the central section of the Forest. The trail bypasses the 10th Line, which is regularly used by motorized users to access the east and west sections of the Ganaraska Forest. To further the access and safety for all forest users, the GFHC will be focusing on the trail system located in the south east end of the Central Forest.
The Peterborough Trailbuilders Association will be focusing on an area at the north end of the Central Forest, which includes sections of the now former Paul’s Dirty Enduro trail system. The work completed by the PTA will help revitalize this section of the expansive network of trails.
While trail work is taking place, which will include invasive species management, all trails will remain open to other non-motorized activities. Both groups will be hosting trail maintenance days, so please keep your eyes out for these if you’d like to volunteer your time.
Also near the end of 2018, Millbrook Valley Trails (MVT) completed a connector trail joining Cavan Monaghan’s MVT system to the Ganaraska Forest. The trail is appropriately named Ganaraska Transit (or Ganny Tranny, as some refer to it). Please note that this trail is closed to equestrian and motorized users.
GRCA’s newly appointed Forest Recreation Technician, Ed Van Osch, welcomes the partnerships and is looking forward to building a greater forest community. “It’s through partnerships like these that the GRCA is able to continue offering one of the finest recreational areas in southern Ontario.” He continues on to say, “The funding cuts brought down by the Province have hurt many organizations, communities and people across Ontario, including Conservation Authorities. Despite these cutbacks, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority will continue to provide quality programs and services across the Ganaraska watershed.”
The 11,000 acre Ganaraska Forest is one of the largest blocks of forested land in southern Ontario. Today the Forest is a living example of how the principles of integrated resource management can be used to balance many different uses of forested lands on a sustainable and ecologically sound basis. The area provides abundant recreational opportunities and is managed for a sustainable yield of wood products. Day passes or annual permits are required to use the Forest.
To learn more about the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, the Ganaraska Forest, or any of the partners mentioned above, please visit: