The following are notes of the Questions and Answers from the meeting.
Will there be established routes?
DUC: Want controlled access and trails, location based on the ecological assessment.
Is there another access point?
DUC: Not at this time.
Want private property boundaries marked so that users don’t stray onto private land.
DUC – There will be something. Had 40 acres beside the village surveyed.
What does the management plan contain?
DUC: Describes permitted activities, conservation goals, ecological assessment, activity plan.
DUC – There is a trail now, historic use, should continue unless there are serious problems (don’t want ATV or truck use).
Councillor El-Chantiry – It’s easy to work with organized groups such as the snowmobile club.
Is there a plan to set barricades on Glenncastle to prevent vehicles from using the entrance?
DUC: Current structures are effective.
How will DUC deal with hunters and hikers both using the property?
DUC – Maybe post dates, encourage wearing orange. Hunting is currently allowed; shotgun, not rifle.
Where will hunters get permission to hunt?
DUC: From DUC.
You said that DUC supports sustainable hunting. If a trapper came to you with the requisite permits and asked for written permission to harvest beavers—or any furbearers—on your property, would you (DUC) give it to them?
DUC: I would have to think long and hard about that.
What about mountain bikes?
DUC: If bikes degrade trails and affect conservation values, then won’t be allowed. It’s about the impact on the land.
Scouts: Bikes are allowed in South March Highlands and that’s why the scouts stay away from it. Scouts will contact FCH about work on the trails. Scouts have “leave no trace” approach.
Will you consider including citizen science information when doing the ecological assessment? e.g. wildlife sitings, rare plants and birds.
Will DUC get input from local people with knowledge of the area for the ecological assessment?
DUC: Happy to receive local collective wisdom of the land. Similar to First nations.
Some have been encountering fat bikes in the winter using the ski trails and ruining the tracks.
DUC: Fat bikes have same impact as snowshoes and skis. Tremblant has separate trails for them.
DUC needs a media plan to communicate issues to the community, like when it’s hunting season.
Fear of throngs coming. How much advertising will DUC do to promote this property?
DUC: In better position once ecological assessment is done.
Is it DUC’s objectives to promote the property?
DUC: Objective is conservation.
If conservation is a priority, why do you want to get people in there?
DUC: Brand promotion. Can’t have two classes of citizens (local people and others).
Eli: The acquisition of this property is a good news story. It could have been developed. It could have been bought for private use and the public excluded.
How are you going to control Glenncastle parking?
DUC: Could use Crazy Horse Trail access. There are also solutions like restricted parking.
Can City buy the land beside the CH Trailhead?
Do you have liability insurance?
DUC – Yes.
How is DUC funded?
DUC – $90M budget. Some from governments. Some from individual donors, campaigns, some from major corporations (e.g. forest management). Example of a 3-nation projects for duck habitat, with US, Canada and Mexico.
Where is the fundraising campaign for the Hills?
DUC – $200,000. Just starting. To pay taxes, pay expenses for stewardship.
What about the ticks and the kids?
Nick Stow (City of Ottawa) – Ottawa Public Health monitors tick populations across the City and tests for Lyme disease.
It’s good to have people come to town for economic development reasons.