Since four of the properties managed by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) reopened in mid-May, many guests have happily visited, some coming for the first time. These wonderful places provide welcome relief for those seeking the restorative benefits of nature. While there is no charge to visit the properties, donations are always appreciated.

A walk in the forest is made more enjoyable by wearing suitable clothing. Sturdy shoes are a good start. Visitors can expect to encounter mosquitoes and black flies so long pants, long-sleeved shirts and a hat can make a walk much more pleasant. It’s good to tuck pants into socks when walking on the trails to deter ticks. Light-coloured clothes make it easier to check for ticks after a walk as well.

Dogs are welcome at some of the properties but they must remain under control at all times for the sake of wildlife. (Dogs must remain on leash at High Lonesome.) Owners are asked to pick up after their dogs and to remove waste from the property. These properties are managed by volunteers who really appreciate if no trash is left on-site. “If you bring it in, please take it out.”

Due to the continuing Covid state of emergency, no groups of more than 5 people are permitted at this time. Physical distancing practices are still in place on all MMLT properties.

The four MMLT properties open to the public are High Lonesome near Pakenham, Blueberry Mountain (cliffLAND) near Flower Station, Poole Family Nature Sanctuary near Carleton Place and Rose Hill Nature Reserve near Denbigh. For more information about these properties and how to get there, visit MMLT’s website at mmlt.ca.