Larose Forest trails reopen to the public this Saturday, May 16

L’ORIGNAL — The Larose Forest welcomes the public again this Saturday, May 16.

The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) today announced the Forest’s reopening date, which follows the end of the annual spring thaw period as well as the recent provincial announcement on the reopening of provincial parks. Walking and biking trails, as well as ATV, motorcycle and horseback-riding trails, will be available as of Saturday morning.

The trails were closed weeks ago because of the spring thaw and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

However, the reopening involves only the trails accessible from the P1 and P7 parking lots (in the Limoges sector). Trails accessible from the P4 parking lot in Bourget remain closed, as well as the parking lot, as the conditions are still too wet.

And in a nod to the ongoing pandemic, the UCPR advises that trail use will be one-way, as per recommended guidelines. COVID-19 regulations remain in effect, including a minimum physical distance of two metres and a maximum group size of five people.

Although washrooms have been installed, they cannot be sanitized on a regular basis, according to the UCPR. Consequently, the Henri Latreille shelter will remain closed, in accordance with provincial regulations. The UCPR also requests that anyone experiencing symptoms of the virus remain at home and not enter the trail network.

The UCPR reports that Larose Forest staff express their thanks to residents for respecting the trail closures.

For more information about the Larose Forest, see http://arcg.is/2ihyJLk.

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