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July 15, 2024

Ganaraska Forest Closed

Cleanup due to May 21 storm needed

Article by Valerie MacDonald/Ganaraska Forest Centre image

The Ganaraska Forest is closed to the public following extensive destruction of trees by the storm that swept the province May 21.

A fly over assessment on May 31 and a Conservation Authority forester’s check on several hundred of the 11,000 acres of the forest, has taken place CEO Linda LaLiberte told the News Now Network in an interview.

“Many of the trails are impacted….and some of the forest roads,” she said, adding “we don’t know what is hanging in the canopy.”

All parking lots and entrances have been strung with emergency tape to warn the public, LaLiberte continued.

“Right now it is very dangerous to be entering.”

She said the Conservation Authority is hoping the forest will not be closed all summer with the possibility of it  be open in July.

Forest memberships will be extended according to the time the forest is closed, LaLiberte said.

She anticipates work in the forest will involve assistance from other conservation authorities, and when conditions on the trails are safe, volunteer help, as well. 

#ganaraskaforest, #northumberlandcounty

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