NDCF supports the Laurentian Univesity green space.
Posted on July 15 2021
Sharon Hamilton, CPA, CA, CIRP, LIT
CCAA Monitor for Laurentian University of Sudbury
Ernst and Young Inc.
100 Adelaide Street West,
Toronto, ON M5H 0B3
Dear Ms. Hamilton.
I’m writing to you today to illustrate the importance of the Laurentian University greenspace to the community, to those visiting Greater Sudbury and indeed to the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area (LLCA). The LLCA is owned by the Nickel District Conservation Authority (o/a Conservation Sudbury), one of 36 conservation authorities in the province. The authority’s lands abut Laurentian University property currently being evaluated through the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) proceedings.
The Nickel District Conservation Foundation is a registered charity that supports public access to programming, recreational trails and natural spaces at the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area. During a typical year, the conservation area welcomes over 4,000 school-aged children and educators to low-barrier programming. Here they receive curriculum-relevant content and participate in outdoor activities through the Lake Laurentian School Program.
The Foundation also supports the maintenance of over 60 km of free-to-enjoy trails that attract over 10,000 people annually during all seasons. Visitors come to experience nature and to improve their overall well-being. Activities include hiking, trail-running, cycling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, bird watching, and paddling on two motor-free lakes. Users of this greenspace certainly include students, faculty and staff of Laurentian University and in some ways this natural area defines the Laurentian experience. Not only is this undeveloped part of the city a draw for the Laurentian community, it is one that is part and parcel of the city’s identity. A draw for tourists from near and far, the area consistently ranks in the top five places to visit.
Our longstanding relationship with Laurentian University ensures a place for the community to be active and enjoy nature. Multiple trails intertwine, crossing the boundary between these properties where thousands of hours of volunteer time have been invested. These lands have been supported by Laurentian University students broadly but especially those involved in the Outdoor Leadership and Nordic Skiing programs.
Responsible stewardship of these publicly-held lands is central to the collaborative maintenance undertaken for the benefit of all who visit. As part of this collaboration, we invested in an elaborate signage plan to ensure the trail system is safe and easy to navigate. Nearly $250,000 was raised by the Foundation to realize the project. In the last several years over 100 signs and kiosks were installed along the trails that run through the conservation area and the university’s abutting greenspace.
In addition to the recreation and programming that take place at the LLCA, the greenspace is of course host to a diversity of flora and fauna including several species at risk. These lands and waters, that are part of both properties, are often used as reference points in the scientific study of the re-greening of Sudbury and host a variety of research plots and sample collection sites for long-term recovery monitoring linked to biodiversity.
Lake Laurentian itself also plays a vital role in the protection of Greater Sudbury’s drinking water as its watershed is generally undeveloped and in a natural state. Its waters flow northerly to Ramsey Lake that supplies a third of the drinking water to the people of Greater Sudbury.
I hope you will take this letter into consideration when reviewing the evaluation of this part of the Laurentian University property. It is our position that the undeveloped land is currently in a state of best use and its value as a natural asset should not be underestimated.
With warm regards,
Chair, Nickel District Conservation Foundation
Copy: Members, Nickel District Conservation Authority
Laurentian University Board of Governors
Mayor and Council, City of Greater Sudbury
Julian Colman, Cushman & Wakefield
Paul Lefebvre, MP for Sudbury
Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt
Jamie West, MPP for Sudbury
France Gélinas, MPP for Nickel Belt
GivingTuesday at the Nickel District Conservation Foundation
Posted on December 3 2020
A first for the Nickel District Conservation Foundation, the GivingTuesday campaign raised an impressive $4,118 to the Trail Maintenance and Development Fund. The Fund will support :
Create proper drainage on the trails, which is especially important in the wet and cold season.
Remove fallen trees and limbs as well as trimming back branches that can impede access to the trails.
Repair and maintain floating bridges, bridges and stairs throughout the trails.