New invasive species… potentially on trails

Himalayan Balsam Impatiens glandulifera

Himalayan balsam is an annual herb, native to the western Himalayas. In the early 1800s it was introduced to many parts of Europe, New Zealand and North America as a garden ornamental. Himalayan Balsam has an orchid shaped flower resembling a British policeman’s helmet, which gave rise to its other common name of “Policeman’s helmet”.

Himalayan balsam can completely cover an area and crowd out native vegetation. Mature seed capsules explode when touched and can eject seeds as much as 5 m from the parent plant, giving it the alternate common name of “Touch-Me-Not plant”. It is mostly found in riparian areas, especially river edges and wetlands.

For more information, go to http://www.invadingspecies.com/invaders/plants-terrestrial/himalayan-balsam/

To the Rescue… a CBC documentary

To The Rescue is a  documentary about Canada’s patchwork search and rescue system. Why is it sending out its own SOS call?

Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 9 pm (9:30 pm NT)

CBC Television’s Doc Zone

As more urban adventurers seek recreational thrills than ever before, search and rescue teams are pushed to the limit trying to save them. GPS technology – and the assumption that help is just a cell phone call away – have changed the way we play, but the rescue system is chronically underfunded and struggling to keep up with the new demand.

This documentary follows dramatic searches as they unfold, and finds a network patched together with volunteers who risk their own lives to save others.

Watch the trailer:

TO THE RESCUE may be of interest to wilderness trail enthousiasts and/or trail user groups.

ATVers: please take note of where to ride legally

A local snowmobile club is experiencing problems in the Stroud area, due to unauthorized ATV use on private land.

See http://www.simcoe.com/news-story/4252655-atv-riders-put-trails-out-of-commission/#.Up7FOvJ8Asc.facebook

ATVers should be aware of where to ride legally. A good place to find out is the Ontario Federation of All Terrain Vehicles organization www.ofatv.org, or the local Central Ontario ATV Club at http://www.coatv.ca/ or the Baxter/Severn ATV Trail Riders  http://batv.ofatv.org/