The last FMP was completed in 1998 and provided framework for managing the Ganaraska Forest for the next 20 years. A number of objectives were identified in the plan including the conservation and protection of the headwaters of the Ganaraka River, the protection of heritage resources in the forest, the maintenance of wildlife habitat and the provision of outdoor recreation and education. The Ganaraska Forest offers exceptional recreational opportunities with hundreds of kilometres of trails for hikers, horseback riders, dirt bike and ATV riders, mountain bikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, snowmobilers, and those who come to the forest to appreciate nature.
The current FMP has a December 31, 2017 sunset date, and a new plan must be developed before 2018.
The new plan will be reflective of the interests of various uses and users, and the development of the new FMP will engage a variety of stakeholder groups and community members.
The updated Ganaraska Forest Management Plan is expected to be completed by June 2017. The project is being coordinated by an internal GRCA Steering Committee consisting of:
- Linda Laliberte, GRCA CAO/Secretary-Treasurer
- Fraser Smith, GRCA Forester
- Steve McMullen, GRCA Forest Recreation Technician
- Amy Griffiths, GRCA Marketing & Communications Officer
- Karen Wianecki, Consultant (Planning Solutions, Inc.)
The GRCA is committed to developing a process that allows anyone with an interest to share their ideas and to receive regular updates on the progress. If you are interested in receiving updates, please provide your name and email address via the comment card or the survey.
The GRCA will be hosting several information sessions before the end of the year. Please join the GRCA at the session that suits you best:
If you have questions about the work the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority will be doing to update the Ganaraska Forest Management Plan, please do not hesitate contacting GRCA's Forester or one of the other Steering Committee members.
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