Ontario Trails Council – Bill 23 Response

The Ontario Trails Council (OTC) – of which we are members – is a charity that promotes the development, preservation, management and use of recreational trails and trail based activities in Ontario. OTC has written to Minister Steve Clark to voice concerns with regard to Bill 23 and the potential for a negative impact on Trail systems. A copy of this letter was sent to PEC Trails.

The Millennium Trail Committee endorses those views.

If you wish to learn more, you may access and review this letter visiting Bill 23 response [pdf] click here to download.

Civic Award

Mayor Steve Ferguson presented Civic Recognition Awards to Barry Davidson, Judy Kent, Adam Engel, and Christopher Moore at council’s meeting Tuesday.

Davidson was awarded for being the “driving force” in upgrading the Millennium Trail.

Millennium Trail – Terry Sprague

The Millennium Trail – a Trail for all Seasons with Terry Sprague. Presentation for the PEC Field Naturalists.

Terry Sprague is a naturalist who lives on Big Island. His weekly columns on nature appeared in local newspapers for 50 years. He has held positions at Glenora Fisheries Research and as an interpretive naturalist at both Sandbanks Provincial Park (8 yrs.) and Quinte Conservation (17 yrs.).   He is recipient of the 2002 Pioneer Conservationist Award from Conservation Ontario, the 2004 Richards Education Award from Ontario Nature, and the 2015 Gold Quill Award from the Canadian Community Newspapers Association. 

The Millennium Trail – a trail for all seasons
Terry Sprague has walked the entire trail on six different occasions since 2005. In this presentation, he shares some of the history and his thoughts on this former CN railway line that runs for 48 km from Picton to Carrying Place. Both the human history and natural history are dealt with in this presentation, along with how it all came about. Meet some of the people who use the trail, and discover their fascination for this now popular cross county route.

Note: early section of video may have glitches with video. Stick with it.

Volunteer Appreciation Day

The date was Sept 27th at Karlo Estates. It was an excellent turn out of approx. 35 people. We had four draws for bottles of wine sponsored by Pedego PEC and presented by Sherry Karlo. Snacks and non alcoholic drinks were served. It was a good mix of maintenance volunteers, the gardening group, and our supporters.

Everybody had a schmoozing great time. Four of our Board members and both of the Donors for the Hillier site and the Consecon site were there. Two former councillors Ernie Margetson & Jamie Forrester with his his wife and one current councillor Kate MacNaughton attended. Albert Paschkowiak from the County was also in attendance.

Tree Planting

Sixty two trees planted this morning on the section of the Trail east of Wesley Acres Rd., both sides of the Trail, Seven different species of trees, deciduous and conifer. Our thanks to Cody Lowe (seen here) and Albert Paschkowiak, Operational Services, Prince Edward County who made this possible. Volunteer Karen Mouck lent a hand.

Hillier Station nears completion

The pollinator garden is being groomed for the celebration by Barry Davidson, Lise Bois, Steve O’Brien, Kathy Bondi and Ursula Cattelan under the aegis of the PEC Horticultural Society. Preparations for the September 12 official opening of the Hillier Station are now completed. Well done everybody.

Time for a haircut?

The County has advised that they will be mowing the sides of the Trail in about one month’s time. The roadside mowing program is about to start up and they will be doing the work in-house again this year. That strategy will allow the County to do the trail sides once they have completed the first round of roadsides.

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