TRAIL MAINTENANCE & PROJECTS
Huron Street Portage
Ausable River Valley & Mystery Falls
Port Franks Heart of the Trails
Ausable River Cut Conservation Area
Presentations: LSNT was invited to speak to groups about what we do, who we partner with, what we have accomplished and what is available on the trails. We presented to the Lakeshore Eco-Network, Port Franks Garden Club, Ausable-Port Franks Optimists, Lambton Outdoor Club and Partners In Learning.
Youth Nature Challenge: We launched a new badge program, beginning December 1, 2022, to encourage our youth to use the trails during every season. Family and friends are encouraged to help our youth rise to this challenge! Young hikers can earn four seasonal badges by completing the nature challenge over the course of a full year. Each season, hikers use clues to figure out the "challenge" trail and, during the hike, find and solve the puzzle posted along the trail. Finally, they need to draw a picture in their brochure. Once hikers have completed the challenge for all seasons, they can submit their brochure to claim their badges.
Adopt-a-Road: We conducted our annual cleanup of the 5.5 km stretch of Bog Line from Hwy 79 to the Ausable River Bridge as part of the Lambton County Adopt-a-Road program. We collected too many garbage bags of other people's garbage!
Promotion: We hosted two fundraisers this year - the "Women and Wellness for Everyone" and the "Holiday Marketplace" at the Port Franks Community Centre. These fundraisers also gave us an opportunity to engage the community and raise awareness of who we are and what we do on the local trails. We also attended the Farmer's Market in Forest and Grand Bend.
Habit Stewardship Presentation: LSNT in partnership with the Friends of the Pinery hosted a Habitat Stewardship Program Presentation. The guest speaker Victoria Pepe described what Habitat Stewardship is, what is being done at the Pinery, and how you can help.