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Our trails are open but please be aware of wild parsnip along the trail system. Do NOT touch!
“Wild Parsnip may pose a health risk to humans. The plant sap contains chemicals that may cause skin and eye irritation and make the skin prone to severe burning and blistering when exposed to the sun. The blisters typically occur one to two days after contact with the plant. This can result in long-term scarring of the skin.”
How to Avoid Wild Parsnip Burns
- When working around Wild Parsnip or when walking through dense vegetation, wear goggles, gloves, long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Thoroughly wash boots and gloves with soap and water before taking off your protective clothing.
- Children should be reminded not to pick wild flowers. Ensure children are able to identify Wild Parsnip in order to avoid exposure.
- If you are exposed to the plant sap, wash the contaminated area(s) thoroughly as soon as possible, and seek medical attention if skin irritation occurs.
For more information on Wild Parsnip you can visit the City of Ottawa wild parsenip page –
Trails are open again. Two volunteers will be out today to look for fallen trees and other obstacles.
Please respect our landowners and stay on marked trails.
Mother Nature has not been cooperating with us this winter. Trails are currently all open, although we haven’t been able to clear many snow drifts. Please be prepared to push/pull/winch through areas of deep drifted snow if you decide to hit the trails.
Volunteers spent 8 hours grooming today. More volunteers will be on the trails tomorrow to finish grooming the main loop.
The whole loop was groomed today and volunteers report the trails are in good shape.
Volunteers had the groomers out again today and report that all trails are passable and trails are in good condition.
NVATVC wardens were present on all trails today. They report the trails are muddy, but passable. Trees fallen in the recent windstorms have been cleared.
Following the high winds last night, please be aware that there is likely debris and trees down blocking some trails. Club volunteers will hopefully be out this weekend to ensure the trails are open.
If you encounter debris you aren’t able to remove, please send an email to email@example.com with details about the obstacle and the location so we can have our volunteers take care of it.