Friends of the Carp Hills – new name, same vision
Volunteers clear the Crazy Horse Trail last fall. The Friends of Huntley Highlands has changed its name to Friends of the Carp Hills. The group will host a public meeting on Wednesday, March 23.
It’s official: the Friends of Huntley Highlands has changed its name to Friends of the Carp Hills. “It’s the same organization, the same mandate, and the same people,” said chair Janet Mason. “We wanted the organization’s name to better reflect the special area we’re dedicated to preserving.” Formed in 2013, the group comprises volunteers who want to ensure the natural history and beauty of the Carp Hills are preserved for future generations to enjoy. The urban development boundary is less than two kilometres away from the Hills. As the city expands the boundary, the Friends want to ensure the habitat loss and fragmentation that have occurred in the adjacent South March Highlands do not occur in the Carp Hills. Preserving recreational use of the Hills is also important to the Friends. Trail clearing and marking by many volunteers made possible the opening of the Crazy Horse Trail on City of Ottawa land in November of last year. The seven-kilometre trail was an immediate hit with the community, seeing active use by hikers, skiers and snowshoers throughout the winter. In January, the Community Foun-
A highlight of the meeting will be a briefing by trail co-ordinator, Bernard Proulx, about new side trails and loops he’s adding to the Crazy Horse Trail. The group will also provide an update on the land preservation initiative members are working on with Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust and Ducks Unlimited Canada and present a vision for Carp that connects and celebrates the village’s human and natural heritage. Membership forms will be available. Everyone is welcome to attend and provide feedback.
dation of Ottawa awarded a grant for trail improvements – a boardwalk and trail signage – to the Friends working in partnership with Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust. New this year is membership in the Friends, which allows the broad community base that the group has built to support and participate in the organization. One-, two-, and threeyear memberships are available. The renamed Friends have many plans for 2016 and beyond. They’re holding their third annual public meeting on Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at the Carp Memorial Hall.
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