To me, maple sugaring is the first sweet taste of spring. Weeks before the snow melts and the first leaf buds, maple trees begin to shake off their winter dormancy. As winter ends, the cycle of night time freezing temperatures and daytime thawing temperatures triggers the maple’s sap to begin flowing.
The Shelden Trail Development Project has great momentum and we are excited to share that at the December meeting of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks Board of Commissioners, they approved the concept design provided by Applied Trail Research (ATR).
The new design will improve user safety and navigability, create a beginner loop that is family and handcycle friendly, create a single-track loop within the multi-use trail system while protecting the natural biodiversity of the landscape. ATR will be on-site again in early April to do field work and put together a construction schedule for the trail build, as well as host a volunteer trail building on Sunday, April 14. It is anticipated that the building the beginner loop will occur in the Fall.
To view the concept design and learn more about the Shelden Trails Development Project, please click here.