A seg­ment of the Tomi­fo­bia Na­ture Trail Closed for the Fore­see­able Fu­ture

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Ayer's Cliff

OnApril 7, Spring runoff from nearby hills caused

and cross-coun­try ski­ing, as well as na­ture con­ser­va­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and the preser­va­tion of our her­itage.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey1[ 300 vis­i­tors ac­cess the trail from the Ayer’s Cliff end and 175 vis­i­tors from the Stanstead end on good sum­mer days.

un­prece­dented dam­age to the Tomi­fo­bia Na­ture Trail. A culvert blocked by ice buildup and de­bris seems to have pre­vented the nor­mal flow of wa­ter.

Ayer’s Cliff, April 20, 2015 — At kilo­me­ter 16 of the Tomi­fo­bia Na­ture Trail, a bike trail be­tween Ayer’s Cliff and Stanstead, the over­all dam­age is 91 me­ters long and 7 me­ters at the max­i­mum depth.

The cost of re­pair­ing this seg­ment of trail is not es­ti­mated as of this date, but it will be sub­stan­tial given the ex­tent of the dam­age. At any rate, the cost will be well be­yond the nor­mal op­er­at­ing bud­get of Sen­tiers Massawippi, the non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that owns and man­ages the trail. The or­ga­ni­za­tion’s board is still re­view­ing sev­eral op­tions prior to any repa­ra­tion. Ray Ban­ham, Pres­i­dent of the board, went on site sev­eral times with en­gi­neer­ing per­son­nel to as­sess the dam­age.

Sen­tiers Massawippi will have to launch an ex­ten­sive fundrais­ing drive to fi­nance the re­con­struc­tion of the af­fected sec­tion of the trail. To this end, it in­vites those who wish to pro­tect this jewel of our re­gion to be­come mem­bers or to make a do­na­tion at www.tomi­fo­biana­ture­trail.com.

Un­til the bi­cy­cle path is re­built, the af­fected seg­ment of the trail will re­main closed and a de­tour will be in­di­cated along Chemin Beebe, a dis­tance of 2 km. About the Tomi­fo­bia Na­ture Trail

The Tomi­fo­bia Na­ture Trail is a 19- km rail-trail in the Tomi­fo­bia River val­ley, be­tween Rte. 141 in Ayer’s Cliff, and Rte. 247 in Beebe (Stanstead), Que­bec. It lies in the heart of the Eastern Town­ships’ nat­u­ral and ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage.

The Tomi­fo­bia Na­ture Trail is owned and man­aged by Sen­tiers Massawippi, a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion en­tirely run by vol­un­teers. It is the only such pri­vately-owned and run bike path in Que­bec! Us­ing grants, membership fees, dona­tions, and much vol­un­teer labour, Sen­tiers Massawippi works to main­tain this beau­ti­ful lin­ear park open to the public free of charge. The trail is for safe hik­ing, cy­cling

Photo cour­tesy

A culvert blocked by ice build-up and de­bris seems to have pre­vented the nor­mal flow of wa­ter, caus­ing a wash-out on the Tomi­fo­bia Na­ture Trail 91 me­ters long and 7 me­ters deep.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.