Lambton Shores Nature Trails

Achievements

LSNT is a proud sponsor of Discover The Trails!

April 2017 - Earth Day/Canada150 Tree Planting

23 volunteers came together to plant 80 trees behind the community centre in Port Franks to form a "green tunnel". The trees planted included sugar and autumn fantasy maples, oaks, yellow buckeyes, white cedars and white pines.

 

April 2017 - Mystery Falls Trail Head Sign & Benches

LSNT has now installed a trail head sign at the Mystery Falls trail entrance off Elm Tree Drive.  This will help first time hikers find and understand the trail loop.  We are also pleased to announce that two benches have been installed at the falls. Donated by Ross Atkinson, the benches are dedicated in the memory of his parents, both of whom were WWII veterans.  


​August 2016 - Youth Camp Participation
We participated in Participation in Nature & Art Youth Camp sponsored by the Ausable Port Franks Optimist Club. Thanks to volunteers that came out to make this a great success. 


June 2016 - Ausable Cut Floating Dock

Thanks to a generous grant from the Grand Bend Community Foundation, LSNT's partnership with The Ausable-Bayfield Conservation Authority, Exiplast of Huron Park and a group of dedicated LSNT volunteers, a floating dock is now available in the Ausable River Cut Conservation Area in Northville. Canoeists and kayakers can now launch their crafts in the 'Cut' to connect with hiking trails in Pinery Provincial Park, several nature trails in Port Franks and when water levels permit, the nature trails in the Ausable River Valley between Sylvan and Arkona.


April 2016 - Mystery Falls Parking Lot
LSNT has created a parking lot near the end of Elm Tree Drive. The lot will fit 6-8 cars and can be found on the right side just up the hill from the Mystery Falls Trail head. This will give hikers an opportunity to park off road to avoid blocking local farm machinery.

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  • Built a 'Volunteer Pool' of 100+ members
  • Partnered with a number of local Landowners of Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA's), the local Council & Staff, local Community Service Groups and donors
  • Constructed and/or upgrade trails, installed trail signage & painted blazes, and re-naturalized damaged areas in our 'Gems of Nature'.  Built substantial trail infrastructure including ATV barriers, board-walks, benches, wheelchair-accessible lookout deck, floating dock for canoes & kayaks, small bridges over gullies, ladder on steep embankment. Included are: ABCA's 'L' Lake Management Area in Port Franks, the Ausable River Cut Conservation Area in Northville, the Lambton County Heritage Forest in Port Franks, 'Hidden Valley' in the Ausable River Valley, the Ipperwash Dunes & Swales Forest, and ABCA's Mystery Falls Property in the Ausable River Valley near Arkona​
  • Made the 'Stepping into Spring Fundraiser Dance' and the 'Mayor's Hike' annual LSNT Signature Events' in 2012, 2013 & 2014
  • Created an extensive public awareness of the critical need to protect & preserve our remaining 'Gems of Nature'  through public meetings, newspaper articles, presentations to community groups, tireless networking, a LSNT brochure, the www.lsntblazers.com website, guided hikes, insert in LS Leisure Guide, etc.
  • In all, LSNT has blazed and now maintains 30 km of nature trails on over 1200 acres of the environmentally most sensitive lands in Lambton Shores & Vicinity beyond the confines of our treasured Pinery Provincial Park and ABCA's Rock Glen Conservation Area