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Sunday, June 1, 2014

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TRCA Holds Community Consultation on Trails

Good afternoon, 

For those of you who I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting, my name is Mark Burkholder, and I have replaced Adam Szaflarski as the Project Coordinator for TRCA’s Durham Conservation Lands. 

Please be aware that there is a Glen Major Forest and Walker Woods Stewardship Committee meeting scheduled for June 4th, 2014 from 7pm – 9pm.  The meeting will take place at Goodwood Community Centre located at 268 Hwy. 47 in Goodwood.  An agenda will be sent out prior to the meeting. 

Looking forward to seeing you there. 

Kind regards, 
Mark Burkholder, BES Coordinator, Conservation Lands | Cell 416.454.6972 | Phone 416.661.6600 x.5597 | Fax: 416.667.6278 |
Toronto and Region Conservation | 5 Shoreham Drive | Toronto, ON | M3N 1S4

Niagara Continues to Pursue Trails

Congratulations to Tracy-Lynn Bell, President of the Niagara Trails Committee. We look forward to continuing to work with you to bring multi-use trails to Niagara.


East Don Trail Study - input sought

Project Update – May 2014

Highlights of Work Completed

Since March 2013, fieldwork has been taking place in the study area.  The project team was planning to have all work completed this spring, however with a long and snowy winter survey crews experienced some difficulty getting to the site. The goal now is to complete field work:
·        topographical surveys and tree inventory in June; and
·        geotechnical surveys later this year.
Within the study area you may continue to see temporary orange painted markings and/or stakes in the ground. These markings will remain in place until the design work for the study has been completed.

Before selecting a preferred trail alignment for the next round of public consultation, the project team addressed requests from different stakeholders for a review of additional trail alignments in:
  • Area 1 (north end of the study area near Charles Sauriol Conservation Area);
  • Area 2 (middle of study near the Gatineau Hydro Corridor and Flemingdon Park Golf Club).
The requests were variations of trail alignments presented at the second public meeting last September. Given some of the concerns about impacts to either private property or the natural environment, the project team evaluated these additional trail alignments. The evaluation involved consultation with the Technical Advisory Committee, Community Liaison Committee, and key stakeholders. A preferred trail alignment has been chosen to move forward to the next study phase and public consultation. Visit the East Don Trail Community Liaison Committee webpage under Meeting #5 for a complete list of trail alignments considered.
Next Opportunity for Public Input June 24
Design concepts for the preferred trail alignment will be presented at the next public event on June 24, 2013. Design concepts will show the physical features (e.g. slope) and potential impacts (e.g. trees) of the trail. Join us to learn more, speak with members of the project team, and be part of the conversation to select the best options for the preferred trail alignment.
Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Drop-in: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Presentation: 6:30 PM
Location: Victoria Park Hub, 1527 Victoria Park Avenue (Victoria Park Ave. and Eglinton Ave. East)
Thank you again for your interest in the East Don Trail Study.

We Welcome Returning Members!

 Thanks for honouring your membership commitment.

IMBA Canada Re-structures

        Kitchener, ON - May 15, 2014 -

        Twenty fourteen will be a year of restructuring for the International Mountain Bicycling Association (Canada), the national body that advocates and organizes on behalf of mountain bikers north of the Canada/US border. The organization struggled through a difficult period financially last year while executive director, Lora Woolner, was away on maternity leave, resulting in a halt to regional
programming, decreased operational capacity, and the loss of several staff.

        During Woolner's leave, direction of IMBA Canada's operations was handled by its US counterpart in Boulder, Colorado. Despite good intentions, the lack of Canadian leadership and oversight has led to
the need to revisit current programming and organizational structure.

        In an effort to respond to the continued support of members, partners and corporate sponsors, former executive director, Lora Woolner, and former Ontario Regional Coordinator, Igor Hoogendoorn have resumed
control of Canadian operations. Woolner and Hoogendoorn will be sharing a joint leadership position for 2014 focused on delivering essential programs, improving financial sustainability, and rebuilding organizational capacity.

        The team intends to reduce dependencies on the US office, while at the same time retaining IMBA's mission and core values. As always, Canadian dollars will stay in Canada to support Canadian trails.

        While the future of IMBA Canada beyond 2014 is still to be given much consideration and careful planning, it is clear that in this time of restructuring, IMBA Canada needs your financial support. If you are a mountain biker or make your living via mountain biking, and you value what IMBA has done and is doing to keep the sport viable in Canada, then please consider joining or renewing [2], and/or donating [3] to IMBA Canada today.

IMBA CANADA 537 Frederick Street PO Box 23034 Kitchener, ON N2B 3V1 Canada

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