Above, Nation Valley News file photo of the Warwick Forest.
NATION VALLEY — While South Nation Conservation (SNC) has wound down regular park operations, residents can still get outdoors to take advantage of the watershed authority’s Conservation Areas that remain open in winter: W.E Burton and J. Henry Tweed in Russell, Two Creeks Forest in Morrisburg, Robert Graham in Glen Stewart and Warwick Forest in Berwick.
“We’ll be maintaining over 30 kilometres of groomed trail for winter fun this year,” said Phil Duncan, SNC’s Property Assistant. “Our Conservation Areas are accessible free of charge and are great for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, geocaching or hiking.”
SNC also has agreements in place with municipal partners to groom other trails and parks, including Nokomis Park in Limoges and the Russell Recreational Trail.
“We work with our 16 member municipalities to ensure that our natural spaces are safe, accessible, and can offer great outdoor recreation opportunities for residents,” added Duncan.
SNC owns and manages over 12,000 acres of public natural space across its 4,384 square-kilometre jurisdiction in Eastern Ontario, including its network of 14 day-use Conservation Areas, all accessible free of charge. As of last month, over 70,000 visitors have enjoyed SNC’s Conservation Areas in 2019.
With the advent of the 2019 hunting season, residents are also advised to keep themselves and their pets safe outdoors by wearing high visibility clothing. Hunting is not permitted in SNC’s Conservation Areas where a managed trail system exists. A permit to hunt on SNC’s forested lands can be obtained here: www.nation.on.ca/recreation/hunting.
SNC encourages residents to plan their next local adventure at www.nation.on.ca/recreation/winter-recreation.