MEDIA RELEASE - April 25, 2016

The Friends of Lake Laurentian welcomes a new Donor in its campaign to bring new signs to the Conservation Area.

SUDBURY – Conservation Sudbury is pleased to announce a generous donation from the Club Montessori of Sudbury. A cheque presentation will take place Tuesday April 26 at 11 AM at the main parking lot of the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area.

An ambitious plan to add high-quality signs throughout the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area (LLCA) kicked off last May (2015). A total of 99 signs will be installed in the coming months. The signs will be of equivalent quality to those one would expect to find in a provincial park.

Conservation Sudbury and a corps of volunteers and supporters known as the Friends of Lake Laurentian are grateful for the generous participation of the Club Montessori of Sudbury to this exciting campaign. The club’s mandate is Education for a Better World and this sponsorship will support the installation of several signs including one of the main interpretative signs “Club Montessori of Sudbury is committed to its mandate and adding educational components to the trail system speaks to that directly” said Gilberto Ciulini, head of the club’s education committee.

Club Montessori has been in existence for over 50 years in Sudbury and has contributed over $1 million to various causes in the community. “We are pleased to have the support of the Club Montessori in this important campaign” said Lin Gibson Chairperson of Conservation Sudbury. “This generous contribution will assist all users to safely navigate this local trail system and to learn about the natural features located within the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area.”

The main goal of the sign plan is to provide visitors with clear directions regarding the trail being used and the destination that lies ahead. Seven interpretative signs have been incorporated into the plan to provide visitors with background on the human and natural heritage of the area.

Users will have confidence in their location at any sign that is encountered – each will be clearly marked with latitude and longitude. Strategically-placed ‘You Are Here’ signs will be installed at over 40 locations throughout the conservation area at key intersections of trails. Directional posts will also be placed at useful positions between major intersections to provide clear guidance.

The trails system at the LLCA is used extensively by hikers, naturalists, runners, cyclists, snowshoers and skiers. Portions of the system are designated as Trans-Canada Trail.