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Going up to Durham Forest on Monday, remember hearing something about Dagmar being closed last year is this true?
I wouldn't go that far Riksom. It certainly is not scientific. It is the epitome of anecdotal. But since it is on the TRCA land it should have some weight to it. And while the trails have grown over you did say you had no trouble finding the eroded sections. The top soil that was on those eroded sections is gone, for a long time. If the trails had been built sustainably this erosion could have been minimized.Ricksom said:For the record, this is a great scientific study of mountain bike trails, and proves, once and for all, that mountain bikers DO NOT create permanent damage to forests. It only took 4 years for most of the trails to disappear. After 10 years I doubt you will find anything.
Come on Rick. Of course I know that after all I'm on the stewardship committee for the property. But, the regeneration that you see there is not natural, it has been as a result of a major effort from the TRCA and locals that was made possible by numerous sources of funding.Ricksom said:Yes, yes, yes. The worries of this world over erosion. Bet you didn't know that the south-west corner of the Glenn Major tract was the Timber Brothers Gravel Pit 30 years ago (ever wonder why it is in the shape of a "pit").
Pretty hard to see bare rock in there now. Even old asphalt highway starts eroding away after 50 years in our forests. I will go out on a limp and say that "permanent erosion damage" is an emotionally conceived misnomer.