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Trail access agreement renewed, MOU signed for Cumberland trails

Non-motorized access to trails in the forests behind Cumberland will continue with the renewal of an access agreement.

The renewal between the United Riders of Cumberland (UROC) and Mosiac Forest Management will allow activities like hiking, mountain biking and trail running to continue on private forest lands.

Alongside the agreement, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between Mosiac, UROC, Manulife Investment Management and the Village of Cumberland to guide activities for all associated lands.

Mosiac says the agreements embody the positive working relationship between themselves and UROC and continue to support world-class recreational opportunities.

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“The new access agreement and MOU are consistent with our focus on managing Mosaic’s private forest lands to provide sustainable forest stewardship and a variety of recreational opportunities to our neighbouring communities,” said Domenico Iannidinardo, senior vice president, climate and forest and chief forester of Mosaic.

“Many years in the making, this access agreement and MOU provide mountain bikers and trail users with exceptional access to Cumberland’s world-class trail network.”

UROC executive director Dougal Browne says the agreement will allow for the continued enjoyment of the local trails.

“This access agreement means the community can continue to enjoy the Cumberland trails that are a showcase for this region,” said Browne.

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“In coordination with Mosaic, we communicate with our network of trail users about things like trail conditions, forestry operations, and wildfire risk to ensure trails are safe for non-motorized use.”

Cumberland mayor Vicky Brown adds the MOU demonstrates the benefits of collaborating on recreational access to the benefit of its residents and visitors.

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