Go Nuts! Bike It, Hike It, Plant It

High Lonesome Nature Reserve, Pakenham

Old Red Oak, High Lonesome Nature Reserve, Tania Marsh

Go Nuts on Sunday, October 20, lending nature a helping hand while you discover two conservation lands and the road between — on your bike or in your boots!

The Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust Conservancy (MMLTC), the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA), and the Town of Mississippi Mills invite you to bike, hike, walk, or run a route that starts at the High Lonesome Nature Reserve in the Pakenham Hills, and goes to the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area, following the Carbine Trail, planting acorns along the way.

The MMLTC and the MVCA share a long-term perspective regarding conserving important natural lands. Planting oaks (from their acorns), for future generations to enjoy, strengthens this commitment.

“We know mighty oaks from little acorns grow. Oak trees, the kings of the forest, make our landscapes and are huge contributors to the biological health of the forest. They are home to more insects than any other tree and offer food and shelter to birds and animals. What better way to represent the importance of small contributions to significant environmental benefits than through the acorn,” says Howard Clifford, president of the MMLTC.

Registration for Go Nuts! starts at 9AM at High Lonesome Nature Reserve, where you’ll collect your acorns, then head to the Carbine Trail. This gently sloping 9-km trail down Pakenham Mountain is suitable for mountain biking, walking or running – you choose how you’ll travel. At the end of the Carbine Trail we encourage you to continue to the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area for refreshments… and more planting en route.

Shuttles will be available at the end of the Carbine Trail and the Mill of Kintail, to return you (and your bike) to High Lonesome.

Some areas of the Carbine Trail and High Lonesome are rough terrain, suitable for more experienced bikers and hikers. Participants looking for a gentler way to enjoy the day are welcome to start at the Mill of Kintail, where accessible, groomed trails offer a less rugged route. You can choose your route online at mmltc.ca, or simply decide at registration.

This event has been made possible through Canon’s Take Root Program, a national community tree planting and greening initiative supported by Canon Canada and led by Evergreen. Take Root is in support of National Tree Day. MMLTC has also received a Canon PowerShot camera, which will be used to record this event.

To reach High Lonesome Nature Reserve from County Road 29 in Pakenham Village, turn on Waba Road and drive west for 2.9 km. Turn left on Barr Side Road and drive 1.6km, take the first left at Carbine Road, then drive 4km to number 867. For further information and maps, visit mmltc.ca or call 278–2939.

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