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All Quinte Conservation Area Trails Now On Leash

The Quinte Conservation Executive Board voted unanimously at their last meeting to make all Quinte Conservation Area trails on leash for pets. General Manager Terry Murphy says, “There have been an increasing number of complaints from the public about off leash dogs on the regular trails and owners not cleaning up after their pets. We met with our insurance company and were advised to either fence the Pooch Path or make all of our trails on leash trails. The expense of fencing the trail means that is not an option for us. All dogs will be required to be on a leash at all of our Conservation Areas effective April 24, 2015.”

Murphy adds, “We have also had complaints about off leash dogs at other local Conservation Areas and other misuse of the areas such as littering and fires. The board has authorized staff to hire a security company to lay charges against those people who are not using the Conservation Areas properly. Quinte Conservation wants everyone to use common sense when visiting Conservation Areas. Anyone witnessing inappropriate behaviour on Conservation Authority property can help by calling the police.”

As of April 24, 2014 all dogs must be leashed at all times when visiting all Quinte region Conservation Areas. Users of all areas are asked to be prepared to take their garbage with them when the leave.

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony.

For more information:
Jennifer May-Anderson
Jennifer May-Anderson
Communications Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 125
(613) 354-3312 ext. 125

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