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Expanding trails

By Anthony Dixon, The Daily Observer

The County of Renfrew's development and property committee has opted to table a request from the warden to appoint a county council member to sit on the board of directors for the proposed Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre.

The committee's chairman, Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet, made the suggestion that the appointment be tabled until after the October municipal election.

"Really, we don't know who is going to be here after the election," Mr. Sweet noted.

Mayor Mary Campbell of McNab/Braeside supported the idea of tabling the motion until after the election, but suggested that committee send a letter of support in principal for the idea.

On Aug. 25, county council learned about a proposal by members of the Renfrew County Stewardship Program and the Shaw family of Shaw Lumber fame, to develop the Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre.

The presentation was made by Wayne Remus, chairman of the project, and a member of the stewardship's steering committee.

In his presentation he described the group's intention to further expand the trail system at the Shaw Woods off County Road 9, as well as develop viewing platforms and a central office, all for the purpose of educating the public about sustainable forestry and good stewardship.

The site is already popular with people wanting to take a stroll in the woods, surrounded by some old growth forest.

During his presentation, Mr. Remus requested the county's support in principal for the project and for a county council representative to sit on the Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre Board of Directors.

County treasurer Jim Kutschke added that the appointment of a county council member to the board could be included in the work done by the striking committee as it looks at appointing councillors to county committees following the Oct. 25 municipal election.

Anthony Dixon is a Daily Observer reporter

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