What We Accomplished in 2019

Our major activities in 2019 were twofold:  adding almost 50m of new boardwalk to the Crazy Horse Trail and conducting a trail impact study on the Carp Barrens.  The study confirmed the site’s high ecological quality, identified 20 regionally significant plant species, and documented evidence for the area being critical habitat for two Threatened Species at Risk:  Blanding’s turtles and Eastern Whip-poor-will.
 
Here’s what we and our dedicated volunteers accomplished in 2019:

  • We contracted ecologist Holly Bickerton to conduct a trail impact study for the Carp Barrens.  Three reports were developed and sent to the City of Ottawa with recommendations for managing human use while protecting ecological integrity and wildlife.
  • We ran two events in 2019: a spring nature walk with Canadian Wildlife Service biologist and Carp Hills resident Rich Russell and a fall mushroom hunt with mycologist George White.
  • With grant funding (see below), we added almost 50m of new boardwalks by bridging wet areas.
  • Our trail coordinator implemented a team approach to managing maintenance of the Crazy Horse Trail, dividing it into three sections with team leads and volunteers.
  • We were awarded a grant from the Rural Community-Building Grant Program for Carp Hills Trail System activities.
  • With grant funding for the signs, fifteen Environmental Protection Zone signs were installed by the city along Thomas Dolan Parkway.
  • We were awarded a grant from the Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club for the Carp Barrens Trail Study.
  • We worked with Ducks Unlimited Canada and the City of Ottawa to develop a management plan for DUC’s 440 acre property in the Carp Hills.
  • We held our sixth AGM and public meeting in April and raised over $600 for the Carp Barrens Trail Study.
  • We offered on-line membership application, renewal, and payment.
  • We published another article about the “History of the Hills” and continued to interview “old timers” about what they can remember about the Carp Hills.
  • Our Facebook group grew by over 50 members to 466 at the end of 2019.
  • We sent out 4 newsletters during the year to a subscriber base that grew to 277 by the end of 2019.
  • We chose a logo for our organization.
  • 21 people are contributing their observations of flora and fauna in the Carp Hills to our Carp Hills Bio-Inventory Project in iNaturalist.  We now have 1213 observations and 443 species confirmed.