The replacement of two old boardwalks with new wider boardwalks at Laurier Woods Conservation Area has been completed, allowing for the reopening of the trails.
“The contractors put in extra effort to complete the boardwalks ahead of schedule, enabling us to reopen Laurier Woods earlier than expected,” said Troy Storms, Manager, Lands and Stewardship.
Friends of Laurier Woods and the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority co-own Laurier Woods, the 250 acre conservation area that encompasses a provincially significant wetland, rocky outcrops and upland forest. It provides a resting place for migrating birds, while protecting homes from flood events.
The $68,900 funding for the new boardwalks was provided by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, dedicated donors, Friends of Laurier Woods and the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority.
“These new boardwalks will enhance the trails and the hiking experience for the Laurier Woods visitors, providing safe, sure footing and a place where they can appreciate the biodiversity of the wetlands,” said Fred Pinto, President of the Friends of Laurier Woods.
“Thank you to the Friends of Laurier Woods and the donors who supported the Friends’ fundraising campaign. The Friends’ ongoing commitment to this valuable watershed property helps protect the biodiversity of the wetlands and woods for the enjoyment of all,” said Dave Britton, NBMCA Chair.
The Laurier Woods Conservation Area’s trailhead is located at Brule St. just off Franklin St. in North Bay.
North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario responsible for watershed management on behalf of local municipalities, stakeholders, and the province.
The public can follow:
NBMCA on the web at nbmca.ca, Facebook (@theNBMCA), X (@theNBMCA), and Instagram (nbmcainfo).
The Friends of Laurier Woods on https://www.laurierwoods.com/, Facebook (@friendsoflaurierwoods)
Friends of Laurier Woods: Fred Pinto, President 705-825-1053
NBMCA: David Ellingwood, Director, Water Resources 705-474-5420