Canada Day 2019

07/02/2019

Heard that everybody enjoyed their Canada Day long weekend! It got off to a wet start, but conditions were awesome by the end.

Sure is nice to be part of a country that has managed to hold onto areas of forested land which are then made available for its citizens to recreate on. Halton Region

It’s easy to take the existence of these spaces for granted and assume they’ll always be around. We should be wary that in modern times private and opaque corporate entities are increasingly branding their own spaces as “transparent, open and public”. While there is nothing wrong with using an outdoor-product as they exist for a reason, we should be careful not to conflate the policies and modes of governance behind them with those that have generated the outdoor recreational spaces citizens have historically enjoyed in their communities.

After your fun weekend outside, why not reflect on which mode you’re fostering and how that will affect you, your community and the lands we live on.

Hope you have an awesome summer,
HAFTA

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Getting a brush-cut

06/13/2019

Crews from PAL-Lumber, the company contracted by Halton Region to assist with the heavy maintenance of the forest are busy trimming back all the grasses adjacent to the double-track/access road.

Make eye-contact and overtake when safe, it’s hard to see what’s around you when inside the cab of those machines. Eye-contact prevents machine contact!

Britton tract (the forest off of 6th line) is already complete.

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Beavers, Bears and Black-legged deer ticks

On June 6th we had an upstream beaver dam blow-out, this sent a temporary flood of water streaming across the access-road, but thankfully none of the single-track was affected. If you’ve noticed the erosion and wondered how that happened; then that’s what happened! The extra volume of water flowed into a large downstream wetland, through a culvert and eventually into the Hilton Fall’s reservoir.


As late as June 13th we’ve had reports of a Black Bear in the Britton tract of our forest. This is the northeastern forest adjacent to 6th line. A bear was spotted earlier to the northwest of our forest (image above) so bear could be a thing this summer.

CBC and OPP’s confirmation of the bear: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/bears-erin-guelph-wellington-county-1.5155426


We’ve heard multiple people and their dogs have been acquired by black-legged deer ticks. This is troubling because these ticks spread Lyme disease. According to Public Health Ontario our forest is now part of the estimated risk area.

Be tick smart, carry fine tweezers, regularly check your clothes for stowaways. Each day inspect the nooks and crannies the tick-favours such as: Between your toes, behind the knees, groin, waist, belly button, elbows, armpits, behind the ears and your scalp.

Spot it early and the risk of Lyme (a very serious infection) is very low.

Public Health Ontario’s 2019 Lyme Disease risk map

Halton Region’s advice on Lyme disease

Announcement of new findings.

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