Martha Webber, renowned Kanata/Ottawa botanist, naturalist and educator, wrote the following in response to the news of the final complete clear-cutting of the Beaver Pond Forest in the South March Highlands. It is posted here with her permission.
Is there no way to end the destruction? This old growth forest is not only a . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Martha Webber on the Destruction of the Beaver Pond Forest
Unlikely, because more often than not the stereotypical view of mountain bikers is more likely to be as trail villains rather than trail heroes.
First, we have the well meaning but uninformed view of many who call themselves environmentalists that mountain biking damages trails, when the vast majority of the research indicates the impact is . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: South March Highlands Mountain Bikers – Unlikely Trail Heroes
So, what of the so-called 40% agreement to protect environmental lands in the Kanata Lakes development in the South March Highlands. Is it really a myth. Apparently so.
The more I examine and analysis the facts and reality around that so-called agreement the more I realize it was just spin.
What is guaranteed is that . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Truth About The Kanata Lakes 60% Plus Agreement
The Fifth Column has written many times about the most biodiverse natural area in Ottawa adjacent to urban Kanata and threatened by urban sprawl and development.
Now is your chance to help save the South March Highlands by raising the profile of its cause by voting to have it designated one of the Great Places . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Help Save the South March Highlands by Voting it One of Canada’s Great Places
According to the Ottawa Citizen: OTTAWA — The National Capital Commission brought forward a massive expansion Wednesday of the Greenbelt that will see the “emerald necklace” grow by 2,400 hectares in a bid to cement Ottawa’s reputation as one of the world’s greenest capitals.
(View Greenbelt expansion in a larger map)
The effort is part . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: NCC "Grand" "Massive" Greenbelt Expansion More Wish List Than To Do List
At Least a White Pre-Christmas
Video by Ray Vermette (Ottawa Mountain Bike Association) Source: OMBA – White Mountain Bike Christmas
The first thing I want to say is that any discussion of saving the South March Highlands has to start by acknowledging that, indeed, some of it has been saved and placed in public ownership and that we might not even be discussing saving the rest of it if that was not so.
On November . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Saving the South March Highlands: Looking to the Future
I know it’s not over yet, and with the winter bike it is never over, but I feel it’s been a great season so far and now is as good a time as ever to put my thoughts down in print. The time will come soon enough when the trails are no longer rideable a… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Cycling and Mountain Biking Season in Review
Click here for everything you need to know about The South March HighlandsPlease click above for what is the best overview yet of the issues relating to The South March Highlands. . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The South March Highlands
Algonquin Union Presents: “A Living Temple” – South March Highlands Honouring Grandfather William Commanda Beaver Pond Park (end of Walden Dr., Kanata) Saturday Sept 10th, 6am – 11pm (click on images to enlarge)Union-Algonquin-Union Donations We… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Celebrating the Natural World @ Beaver Pond Park – Schedule and Photo Contest
I have added the following maps of the South March Highlands (SMH) trails to my Richard’s GPS Trail Maps website. South March Highlands Trails South March Highlands Conservation Forest Intermediate Mountain Biking Trails South March Highlands Kana… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Richard’s GPS Trail Maps Website Adds South March Highlands Maps
This afternoon I rode over from Bridlewood, via the Trans-Canada Trail, Huntmar Drive and Old Carp Road, to the South March Highlands K2 trailhead to put up posters for the September 10 Celebrating the Natural World @ Beaver Pond Park and then returned… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Riding the Desecration Highway
“A Living Temple” – South March Highlands Honouring Grandfather William Commanda Beaver Pond Park (end of Walden Dr., Kanata) Saturday Sept 10th, 6am – 11pm (click on images to enlarge posters) Union-Algonquin-Union . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Algonquin Union Presents: Celebrating the Natural World @ Beaver Pond Park
This summer a breach in the dam at Heron Pond in the South March Highland was discovered that appeared to be a natural occurrence. In such cases the beavers will usually repair the dam, but this did not happen and it appears they have abandoned the dam… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: When Beavers Abandon Their Dam: Heron Pond, South March Highlands
The normal method of promoting house sales by telling buyers their houses will be close to the wilderness of the South March Highlands probably isn’t going to work for Urbandale, because reminding potential buyers that they just clear cut the Beaver Po… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Solving Urbandale’s Beaver Pond Forest Subdivision Marketing Dilemma
How does an atheist write about the death of a great spiritual leader. It would be hypocritical to use the conventional references to his passing on to a greater place or going to meet his creator. But there is nothing hypocritical in speaking of his s… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: His Spirit Will Live on: Grandfather William Commanda (Ojigkwanong/Morning Star)
I recently had the opportunity to hear Scary Bear Soundtrack perform both their acoustic and rock versions of “Beaver Pond Forest” live and I have to say that I prefer the rock version of it, and of all their music. Those women can really rock and thei… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Scary Bear Soundtrack Performs "Beaver Pond Forest"
The following is a fable, but like all fables it contains hidden (and not so hidden) truths.Yes, for the first, and undoubtedly last time in the world, you can own a house on a World Heritage Site. Only in Ottawa, the world’s “Developers Rule Capital” … . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Announcing Kanata’s Paradise Lost – World’s First World Heritage Subdivision
For purposes of simplicity, although both trail systems are within the South March Highlands, I will refer to these trails, across from the Goulbourn Forced Road (GFR) parking lot, as the KL trails and the ones in the Conservation Forest as the SMH tra… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Reflections on Mapping the South March Highlands Kanata Lakes Trails
“it isn’t special … there’s nothing special about it” . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Gordon O’Connor on the South March Highlands
This post is also being sent via email to National Capital Commission CEO Marie Lemay ( Marie.Lemay@ncc-ccn.ca )click on map to enlargeThe National Capital Commission has recently published maps identifying natural environment lands within the National… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: South March Highlands and Carp Hills – NCC Role in Protecting Natural Environment Lands: Beyond The Greenbelt
click on map for full size imageThis map, released by the City of Ottawa, makes it abundantly clear just how much of a travesty the so-called Kanata Lakes 40% agreement is. Indeed it was clearly a public relations exercise that the City of Kanata and R… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Map of The Kanata Lakes 40% Travesty