County holds Northumberland Forest Master Plan info sessions

By Cecilia Nasmith

Northumberland County will host two public information sessions in October about work that is currently under way to develop a Northumberland County Forest Master Plan that will guide its sustainable management over the next 20 years.

County Natural and Cultural Heritage Manager Todd Farrell noted in the county's press release that the forest not only provides recreational opportunities but is also home to many unique species and habitats (such a the rare Black Oak Woodland).

“It is important that we develop sustainable long-term plans to maintain and enhance these natural assets within our community,” Farrell said.

During the planning process, staff are exploring best practices for maintaining habitats, as well as recreational trails and facilities, in the most sustainable manner. In June, they collected feedback from residents through an on-line survey that ran for three weeks. This feedback, as well as input gathered at the October information sessions, will be considered during the development of the final plan.

The first session runs Oct. 15 at the Centreton Community Centre (2363 County Rd. 2) and the second on Oct. 17 at the county building (555 Courthouse Rd., Cobourg). Both are open from 4 to 7 p.m., and both feature two 15-minute presentations by staff (at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.).

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