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/

Vote for Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club’s trails

Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) invited the Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club to take part in their Dirt Search contest. 12 clubs in the East and 12 clubs in the West are hoping to win $10,000.

The rules are pretty simple.

GET VOTES – win $10k.

You can vote every 24 hours before Feb 26, 2014.  Vote now: http://blog.mec.ca/2014/02/04/dirt-search-contest/

If SCMTC is fortunate enough to get enough votes and win this contest, they will build a new 10 km MTB trail loop.

Recruit your friends, share the link, vote again.  Let’s win this thing for Simcoe County.  Thanks everyone!

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