Increasing visitor satisfaction at its day use parks, is a main 2015 objective for the South Nation Conservation Authority.
Jim Hendry, team lead property management division of SNC spoke about the two SNC day use conservation areas located in South Dundas at the March 17 council meeting.
Two Creeks forest, located along County Road 2 between Morrisburg and Iroquois, features 4.5 km of trails with interpretive signs.
A first for SNC is the use of QR codes on those signs.
The trails are groomed in winter and it is gaining in popularity. According to Hendry, a 24 per cent visitor increase has been recorded over two years.
“People are really starting to use it more, and that’s encouraging,” said Hendry.
The site is equipped with counters to record visitor numbers.
The other public SNC day use park in South Dundas is the Robert Graham Trail, located two kilometers west of Glen Stewart.
The Robert Graham Trail property was purchased by SNC in 1961 and has 6.5 km of trails in two loops.
Hendry said that the property is really popular with geocachers, but is also used for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and hunting. Its trails are groomed in winter.
At present, one-third of the trees are marked for harvest, as SNC parks are all working forests. Hendry says that it will probably be logged in 2017-2018.
The Williamsburg Forest is another significant holding for the SNC, located in South Dundas. It is not a day use site, and there are not planned activities for that property in 2015.
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