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Footpath from point-to-point envisioned for south shore

A point-to-point footpath across the south shore of Prince Edward County is envisioned from Point Petre in the west, to Point Traverse in the east.

Joe Dale and Geoff Craig, of the South Shore Joint Initiative, (SSJI), presented the walking trail initiative to council Tuesday evening expressing the project is well on its way, but may take years to fruition.

The footpath, they note, would be dedicated exclusively to walking, with a strong focus on safeguarding the rich biodiversity of the shore, while also providing an opportunity for people to learn about, and appreciate, its unique environment.

The SSJI is a coalition of like-minded conservation groups whose aim is to protect the fragile ecosystems of the south shore.

As the project seeks approval from public and land trust properties, more than 20 volunteers have been engaging discussions with public and land trust properties with two mailings to private landowners about the footpath.

Numerous walks have been held scouting optimal routes over properties where access has been allowed.

The footpath team is also planning a stewardship program which will offer the potential for individual land assessment and ongoing stewardship – including identifying species at risk, invasive species, addressing illegal dumping and undesirable dame to property.

Colour blocks note areas already approved

Positive discussions are ongoing with an agreement in principle with the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks.

So far, Nature Conservancy Canada has agreed to participate. Approval has also been gained from the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area and Ducks Unlimited has also given permission to explore property.

The SSJI is planning a South Shore Foot Path public event for more information Saturday, June 22 at the Mariners Museum Park

The event is to be the launch of the footpath project – increasing awareness and encouraging community engagement.

The museum is to be the central hub starting point for activities, food, entertainment, information booths and activities. There are to be guided walks in three public land areas showcasing the beauty and potential for the footpath.

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  1. Irene Harris says:

    Interesting presentation was made to County Council. I was happy to hear that there is an expectation that ATV and other mobility devices will likely have trails which are separate from trails for walkers, reaching the goal to keep the trails as ‘multi-use’. Also happy to hear that ‘accessibiity’ is on the list of concerns. For many with mobility issues, there is need for walking trails to be useable by wheelchairs, walkers and packed down enough that unsteady walkers can still use the trails. Many who can’t walk, but want to get out in nature, rely on things like ATV’s to go distances. As the South Shore gets developed, let’s make sure that accessibility is covered from the start, and not treated as an ‘add on’ at a later time.

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