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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Ontario Trails News - Trail News from trails all around Ontario.

Development News - Ontario Forests
This site allows public access to draft and approved forest management plans prepared for Crown forests in all management units in Ontario. The details of the activities described in the plans are also posted to this site annually in what are called annual work schedules. These schedules describe all forestry activities to be carried out that year namely harvest, renewal, road construction, prescribed burns, aerial pesticide spraying projects and insect pest management programs. At the end of each year, an annual report of the completed activities for each management unit is posted. Plans, schedules and reports are made up of text tables and maps. Learn more about how to use the plan site. 

Note: The 2006 Black River and Pic River Ojibway forest management plans are not available on this site. Please use the following link
s to access these forest management plans. 2006 Pic River Ojibway Forest - 851 | 2006 Black River Forest - 370Note: At times additional 
information may be available for Forest Management Units through this link.

At Ontario Trails Council we encourage trail users to offer your comment to any of the forest management plans posted to this site. The MNR is looking for feedback on a plan to plan basis, and while the OTC offers a synopsis comment on land use, we would be pleased to support any local tourism or recreational use comment on any particular plan.

See the drop down list for plans in a forest near you. 

Trail Education News - Second Program starts Feb 3rd!

Trail News - Government Grants
Update to Ontario Ministry Tourism, Culture and Sport OSRCF FundingThe deadline is February 20, 2014 for Full Provincial applications (by invitation) or for Local/Regional applications.

The grant is designed to facilitate:
·         increases opportunities for participation in sport and recreation by developing new programs or increasing access to existing programs to encourage individuals to become more active and keep those who are, engaged throughout their lives
·         supports implementation of physical literacy as a foundation for lifelong physical activity among individuals enabling them to make healthier activity choices
·         strengthening of the community sport and recreation sector by providing training in areas such as coaching, youth development, and volunteer development to provide enhanced service and quality programming

For more information on the 2014-15 Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, please visit Grants Ontario.

Ontario Ministry Announces Grant Funding - Enabling Change Program
The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO) is pleased to announce the call for expressions of interest for this year’s round of EnAbling Change Projects. Each year the ADO sets different strategic funding priorities based on upcoming Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requirements and the compliance needs of targeted sectors. English link      En Francais Link
This year’s funding priorities are:
  1. Accessible Websites and Web Content: The web accessibility requirements will transform how Ontarians with disabilities find and use information. Accessible websites and web content are critical to reaching our goal of an accessible Ontario by 2025. This year, EnAbling Change will support projects that promote understanding and compliance with accessible website requirements.
  2. Support compliance and reporting in 2014: All across Ontario, organizations are making changes to make their business practices accessible. A key element of meeting AODA requirements is filing compliance reports with the Government of Ontario. This year, EnAbling Change will support projects to increase compliance reporting in private and not-for-profit sectors.
Application period opens: November 29, 2013 Application period closes: January 31, 2014
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