Funding announced for County Forest - Trail repairs planned for Lookout Mountain

Cobourg ON — May 21, 2015—–  New funding will lead to more recreation and leisure opportunities in the Northumberland County Forest. $25,475 in funding from the National Recreational Trails Program has been confirmed for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Lookout  Mountain Trail. This funding, administered by the National Trails Coalition, has been made available through the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan for the building and renewal of multi-purpose trails.

Lookout Mountain, located north of Baltimore off Dunbar road, is a popular recreational trail in the Forest and provides breathtaking scenery from the lookout. The funding will allow Northumberland County to make the trail system leading to the summit safe for recreational users as well as being more sustainable in the long-term. Protection and preservation of the mountain’s uncommon and rare ecosystem of trees and plants is also part of the project.

Construction is anticipated to start by June 1st and some of the upgrades include a new one kilometre "natural surface" trail, repairs to 200 metres worth of trail, signage, tree planting along the old trail, and a defined gathering area to view the landscape below.

Quotes

“Our Government is pleased to be a part of the funding to support the rehabilitation of Northumberland County’s Lookout Mountain . By investing in trail infrastructure, the Government of Canada is encouraging job creation, linking communities and increasing recreational opportunities for Canadians. Through the National Recreational Trails Program the Government of Canada continues to support economic growth from coast to coast to coast while ensuring that Canadian communities remain among the best in the world to live.”

Rick Norlock, Member of Parliament, Northumberland-Quinte West

“The NTC was founded in the belief that trail users and volunteer trail builder/managers can achieve much more by working collaboratively and supporting each other’s goals. We know that this funding will benefit the long term sustainability of all forms of trail-based activities across Canada.”

Jo-Anne Farquhar, President , National Trails Coalition Board of Directors

“Thanks to the financial contribution made by the National Trails Coalition in partnership with the Government of Canada, the County looks forward to improving recreational opportunities in the Forest while reducing any potential impacts to the natural environment in this ecologically important area.”

Marc Coombs, Warden, Northumberland County

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