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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:00

Have your say on Nogies Creek

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By Glenna Burns

            The Nogies Creek Waterway project is edging closer to reality as a working group continues to explore how best to protect the river and its environment while encouraging paddlers and other uses.

            In fact, they have recently distributed a survey to the public through Kawartha Conservation to gauge public interest in

protecting the waterway, and gather ideas for the project. You can find—and complete—it at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TSK2M7D.

            To date, 71 people have responded, of whom 64 percent were interested in seeing the area environmentally protected through stewardship, research and enhanced opportunities for “gentle treading” on the water and land.

            Others hoped for increased educational opportunities, cultural awareness of the area and improved linkages to Chiminis (Big/Boyd Island).

            The working group, which consists of reps from Kawartha Conservation, the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests, Trent Lakes, North Pigeon Lake Ratepayers Association, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Trent University, Fleming College, Kawartha Land Trust and Nogies Creek land owners—is proceeding with consultation with Curve Lake First Nation.

            The waterway project has encountered resistance from some land owners who have been dealing for several years with irresponsible people leaving garbage and trespassing (especially on all terrain vehicles)—but believes from prior experience that education and research projects will encourage people to treat the Nogies Creek area and waters with more respect.

            The group has completed a land survey to create an access trail to the Fleming College property near the creek. Ongoing studies will map the connections between this vital part of the Land Between and the Kawartha Lakes region, focusing on the natural heritage features of Nogies Creek.

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