Trails near Guelph Lake to close next week for tree maintenance

GUELPH-ERAMOSA – Public trails near Guelph Lake here will be closed for four days next week for tree maintenance.

The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) announced the closures on Feb. 12.

From Feb. 16 to 19 the GORBA (Guelph Off-Road Bicycling Association) trails and public trails south of the Guelph Lake dam and north of Victoria Road South, will be closed for “tree maintenance in preparation for trail improvements being supported through donations from the Rotary Club of Guelph and the City of Guelph,” states the GRCA press release.

“Trail closure signs will be posted at entrances to the property and access will not be permitted.

“Members of the public are asked to avoid the area while the work is underway and to obey all posted signage so that crews may complete the work safely.”

Officials say the work will include the removal of trees throughout the property, mostly invasive buckthorn and plantation white cedars located one to two metres off the main trail.

“Where possible, trees that are removed as part of this work will be left on the forest floor, where they will form new habitat and enrich the soil in the area as they decay,” officials stated.

“The public should be aware that trail conditions may change following this work and caution is urged when using this property.”