Lambton Shores Nature Trails (LSNT) was founded in October 2011 by a group of local nature and hiking enthusiasts alarmed by the ongoing destruction of some of the environmentally most significant natural areas by trespassing ATV's and Dirt-Bikes. From the start, mobilizing the landowners, providing free and safe public access via hiking trails, bike-ways or water routes was deemed to offer the best approach to save these 'Gems of Nature' for future generations.
To work constructively & cooperatively with conservation-minded landowners, local residents, cottagers , municipal council, nature & community groups, sponsors & donors, and other stake-holders to make Lambton Shores & Vicinity, with its truly beautiful & special natural features., southwestern Ontario's foremost 'Destination for Nature Lovers' - be it hikers, canoeists, kayakers, beach-bums, cross-country skiers, geo-cachers, fossil hunters, campers, 'green' developers, 'green' business proprietors. leaders of 'green' industries & institutions, 'green' professionals, 'green' families or other outdoor enthusiasts with a passion to protect & preserve our unique Natural Heritage.
A Network of connected, accessible, safe & user-friendly Nature Trails for Lambton Shores & Vicinity (LS&V).
To first & foremost protect & preserve our remaining 'Gems of Nature' in LS&V by applying responsible means to eliminate motorized vehicles from these areas identified as environmentally sensitive
To encourage residents, cottagers & visitors of all ages to explore & appreciate our ‘Gems of Nature’ in every season.
To provide opportunities to learn more about our Carolinian Canada Flora & Fauna, the Importance of Biodiversity, the Nature-First Ethic, Conservation of Environmentally Significant Areas & Rare Eco-Systems.
To complement the work of the Stewards of the Land & the Lambton County Regional Trail Committee (LCRTC)
To promote a more Physically Active & Healthy Lifestyle in the Great Outdoors
To support sustainable Tourism and Business Development
To connect the Communities, Landowners, Business Leaders, & Residents of Lambton Shores
LSNT endeavours to partner with landowners and others to develop & upgrade Nature Trails in Lambton Shores & Vicinity's special areas, maintain the same, build trail infrastructure and build community & connector trails consisting of foot paths, hard-surfaced bike ways and/or water routes. To do so, we rely on the members of the 'LSNT Volunteer Pool' to come out and help on formally scheduled 'Trail Work Days' and periodically pitch in on in on an informal basis
Board Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the months of March, April, May, June, September, October. & November - 7:00 to 9:00 PM - at the Ausable Port Franks Optimist Hall, Port Franks Community Centre, 9997 Port Franks Road. The public is welcome to attend.
We are always looking for motivated individuals who want to help make the trails safe & enjoyable. There is lots to be done, not everything involves labour intensive work.