Re: “Some tough love” [Summer 2008]

As was illustrated in Edward Keenan’s “Some tough love” [Summer 2008], ATVs are a controversial topic. As landowners of a 2,100-hectare forest on the Oak Ridges Moraine, it goes without saying that we are very aware of them. I would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on the work being done in the Northumberland County Forest to address this issue.

Northumberland County has been working to develop a forest master plan with the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC), which includes members of the Northumberland and District ATV Club as well as the Willow Beach Field Naturalists. The FAC has had six workshops and two forest hikes since March 2007 and held a public information forum in January to present a comprehensive trail study. We are now outlining an environmental land-use plan. More information about our projects can be found at

– Mia Frankl, Forestry Management Officer, Northumberland County, Cobourg