2) Deadline Extended! to May 31st, 2013 - Support a Great Lakes Guardian Fund Grant. Great Lakes Guardian Fund applications due tomorrow. Last year OTC supported a Town of Deseronto CIAF Grant Application and the town got an $80,000 grant to re-develop their waterfront park and the Waterfront trail. As an OTC Member, Regional partner, or trail stakeholder would you consider writing a letter in support. E-mail me for our letter template you can use! Also please consider putting our OTC logo or OTC website as a link on your website!
3) Capital Funding for Trails - Please take a minute to complete the capital funding section of our survey. A s many communities head into the budget cycle other communities want to get an idea of the relative and comparative amounts communities of similar size are investing in their trails. Please go to:
Trailhead Ontario - Updates
June 9-12, 2013 - Peterborough
Holiday Inn discounted rooms!
- Northern Members - Dial in to One or Both Internet Media Panels - 35.00 per person
The Ontario Trails Council, and the Trailhead Ontario 2013 planning committee wish to acknowledge the financial support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and sport in making this conference happen. We could not have a conference and sustain OTC without their assistance. For this we are grateful. Please attend Trailhead Ontario and hear all the latest developments on tourism and recreation from the MTCS!
Tourism development includes trails. Trail packages, trail experiences, trail destinations. One such trip is hiking. Hear about "A 1000-MILE GREAT LAKES WALK"
Please join Trailhead Ontario as we present Author Loreen Niewenhuis as she talks about her experience circumnavigating, on foot - the waterfront trails of the Great Lakes! In 2009, Loreen Niewenhuis walked the perimeter of Lake Michigan and wrote the bestselling book, "A 1000-MILE WALK ON THE BEACH".
In 2012, she took another long journey, covering 1000 miles of shoreline touching all five Great Lakes. The book about this latest adventure, "A 1000-MILE GREAT LAKES WALK",explores the entire Great Lakes system.
In this presentation, she will take you along the shores of all five Great Lakes and many of the waterways connecting them. In words, photos, and video, you’ll explore the geology, hydrology, and natural history of the largest system of fresh water lakes in the world. She will also illuminate the threats to this massive ecosystem: invasive species, pollution, destruction of wetlands, and the gradual warming of the lakes.
Niewenhuis speaks with the authority of an expert as she has a M.S. degree in the biological sciences. She raises important questions about preserving our wild places and protecting the fragile ecosystems on which we all depend.
Time Limited?Select 1, 2, 3 or 4 Day Participation options
|Conference and Education Package - Paypal (Monday-Tues-Weds)||CA$315.88*||CA$9.12|
|Conference and Education Session Package - Pay by cheque (Monday-Tues)||CA$357.50*||CA$9.95|
|Conference Registration - Paypal (Mon-Tues)||CA$169.63*||CA$5.37|
|Training - Risk Management - (Tues-Weds)||CA$203.76*||CA$6.24|
|One Day Registration - Conference Only (Mon or Tues)||CA$96.51*||CA$3.49|
|Display Booth - discount||CA$171.58*||CA$5.42|
|Display Booth - Non-Profit - Provincial||CA$171.58*||CA$5.42|
|Display Booth - Provincial Non-profit - discount||CA$128.20*||CA$4.30|
|Display Booth - Local, small non-profit||CA$42.15*||CA$2.10|
|Display table - literature only||CA$20.59*||CA$1.54|
|Ordered Ticket at door - Conference||CA$169.63*||CA$5.37|
|Ordered Ticket at Door - Education||CA$194.01*||CA$5.99|
|Ordered Ticket at Door - Conference and Education||CA$365.55*||CA$9.95|
|Ordered Ticket at Door - One Day Only - Conference Only||CA$100.00||CA$3.49|
|Coffee Break Support||CA$194.01*||CA$5.99|
More information? Go to - Trailhead Ontario Call Patrick at 1-877-668-7245 or Vanessa Twiddy at 905-373-8752 | www.rto8.com
Trails Education - Select a Program!We have updated the program and our 14 module program is here for the using, as well as on-line learning through Algonquin College!
If you have staff to train, trails to manage or want a session in your area on a particular topic let us know. We'll coordinate a session or series on your behalf.
|Volunteer Management||View PDF|
|Business Planning and Budgetting||View PDF|
|Regulation and Legislation||View PDF|
|Ecosystem and Natural Heritage||View PDF|
|Wilderness First Aid||View PDF|
|Food and Nutrition||View PDF|
|Marketing and Promotion||View PDF|
|Health and Safety||View PDF|
|Technology for Trails - Level 1||View PDF|
|Trail Design (2 days)||View PDF|
|Trail Risk Management||View PDF|
|Trail Committee Development||Manual|
|Trail Steward- On Line Learning||Program|
|Trail Planning - On Line||Program|
Trails Insurance Program AvailableOnce again, members of the trails community find themselves seeking alternative trails insurance. The volatility and unpredictability of your insurance plan keeping you hopping? Wondering what you are getting, curious if your agent or the underwriter understands trails? If you want:
- cost stability
- product assurance
- insurance perseverance
- a broker that understands trails
As for what trail insurance products we have "in the box” right now:
a) Commercial General Liability coverage —premium costs start at $1,000.00 for $2,000,000 coverage.
In the near future OTC will be bundling these products as a part of membership services and products.
Performance Measures - Trail Counts!
Low maintenance - Using weatherproof decals our methods allow users to quickly and easily provide you with information you need to assess, improve, direct, re-direct, or provide information to the user - while on the trail. Our proprietary method has been developed by over 140 trail users and with the input of The City of Thunder Bay and Norfolk County Trail Managers.
Packages - OTC Member? - Take $25.00 off each package!
Blue - 4-10 trails: $300.00 plus HST and registration fees
- Maximum 20 sheets of decals
Green - 10-20 trails: $500.00 plus HST and registration fees
- Maximum 40 sheets of decals
Gold - 20 or more trails: Starting at $1,000 plus HST and registration fees
Ontario Trails - Your Data Wanted
Since 2007 the Ontario Trails Council has collected trails data, and turned that data into our award winning website, as mandated by the desires of the trails community reflected in the Ontario Trails Strategy. Nearly 1,000,000 people a year turn to this information in order to find you and your trails. The characteristics we are looking for are:
- Trailhead Longitude
- Trailhead Latitude
- Completion Time (hours)
- Elevation Change (m)
- Trailhead Elevation (m)
- Maximum Elevation (m)
- Cross Slope Average (%)
- Cross Slope Maximum (%)
- Minimum Trail Width (m)
- Average Trail Width (m)
- Maximum Grade (%)
- Average Grade (%)
- Trail Surface
- Trail Classification (Trail Group/Local Classification/Difficulty/ Rating eg: OFSC Trail Classes)
5. Trail Hazards (Poison Ivy, Steep Slopes)
6. Trail Fees (Day Pass, Donation, Parking etc.)
7. Seasons/Dates of Operation
8. Trail Amenities (Visitor Centre, Beach, Boat Launch etc.)
9. Trail Enforcement
10. Trail Permits
11. Trail Speed Limit
12. Trail Signage
13. Trail Environmental Concerns
14. Trail Permitted Use (Dogs on Leash)
- Date of Collection
- Data Collector
- Trail sensitivity (high /low)
Ontario Trails MembershipOn behalf of OTC we thank you for your support. If there is a group you know that is not a member contact us and we'll send them a note on membership benefits. This past week we received a renewal from the County of Frontenac. Thank you very much for your support!