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/

Hike leader certification course May 24

Hike Ontario, in partnership with the Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association is hosting a Hike Leader Certification Course on May 24, 2014 in  Peterborough, ON.

The course is designed to train leaders to safely lead day hikes, which are within 2 kms of EMS support (i.e. not remote wilderness hikes).

Cource registration fee: $ 50.

Note: participants will receive a free 1 year membership in the Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association (a $25 value).

For more information, see Hike leader poster – Kawartha May 2014 or contact Eveline Stout 705-874-6028 or estout@cogeco.ca

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.

Georgian Bay Snowriders OFSC trail now open!!

Wow!   Great News!!   The Trails are OPEN!!!
 
The  Georgian Bay  Snowriders have been working hard, over 160 hours of grooming time spent in the last week preparing trails.  And now they are ready for you to  enjoy.
But please ride with caution and be safe throughout the Christmas holiday.
Please respect our landowners by staying on the marked trail.

Volunteers are required!!

We have two great events coming up in early February.
Midland Winterfest – Puddlejumps on February 1st. 
Call Pat Murray  (705) 529-3307 to volunteer and to register.

Snowmobile Ride for Dad on February 8th.
Go to www.RideForDad.ca to register and call Mike Lauder (705) 220-0422 to volunteer
Please mark your calendars, these events you don’t want to miss.

The GBSR Volunteers Group make a great community!

For up to date status of other OFSC snowmobile trails, check the interactive OFSC website www.ofsc.on.ca.

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/