TRAIL MAINTENANCE & PROJECTS
Lambton County Heritage Forest
Huron Street Portage
Ausable River Valley & Mystery Falls
Ausable River Cut Conservation Area
Trail Maps: We collaborated again with the Grand Bend Chamber of Commerce to issue an updated map of all the hiking trails in Lambton Shores & Vicinity. The map is an insert in the Grand Bend Summer Tourist Guide and Lambton Shores Nature Trails distributed more than 1000 maps this year.
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.
Trail Badge Program: The free badge award program was launched late in 2018 and has seen an increased demand due to the number of people on the trails and some social media promotion we did. There are now fewer than 18 remaining of the original 200 produced.
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 13 garbage bags of other people's garbage!
Youth: We had SIX youth volunteers come out and help us on the trails this year. We truly appreciate having young people participate in our efforts to maintain the trails and give back to the community.
Promotion: We hosted a Holiday Marketplace at the Port Franks Community Centre. This fundraiser also gave us an opportunity to engage the community and raise awareness of who we are and what we do on the local trails.
Hiking Safety Seminar: LSNT hosted a Hiking Safety public seminar at the Forest Public Library. Our presenters addressed preparation and troubleshooting so that a leisurely hike doesn’t turn into a negative experience.