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​Sections of Durham Regional Forest Trails to be Closed

Selective Tree Thinning from January 30 to March 31, 2017


NEWMARKET – January 24, 2017 – As part of ongoing forest management activities at Durham Regional Forest, sections of the Main Tract will be closed from January 30 to March 31, 2017 for selective thinning. The Main Tract of the Durham Regional Forest is located between Concession 7 and Lakeridge Road, south of Goodwood Road, in the Township of Uxbridge.

Forest management activities, including tree assessments, monitoring and reforestation efforts, ensure forests remain healthy and productive with diverse wildlife. At Durham Regional Forest, selective thinning is part of a restoration plan that aims to bring the forest back to its original, pre-settlement condition. Thinning creates small, scattered openings in the forest canopy to allow natural light to reach the ground, supporting growth of hardwood species such as maple, oak and beech.

The affected trails will include closure of the Pines and Maple Gravy trails, as well as sections of the Maze and trails intersecting with the Red Oak trail. In addition to the closures, certain sections of the Red Oak and White Pine trails will be used as an active forestry haul route. Recreational users should expect to encounter machinery and industrial traffic at all times of the day. The haul route remains open to the public, but extra caution is advised if using these trails.

Details of the affected areas will be posted on signs at the Main Tract and on LSRCA's website. Trail users are asked to follow the instructions on warning signs in the posted areas.
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Media Contact:
Sue Jagminas
Corporate Communications
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Phone: 905-895-1281, ext. 264
Toll Free: 1-800-465-0437
Email:s.jagminas@LSRCA.on.ca