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-by Sandra J. Howe

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play and pray, where Nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike. In every walk with Nature one receives far more than one seeks."-John Muir

Ron Savage spends abundant time in Nature on the Bruce Trail, Sydenham Section, in his Trail Director role. He has been a dedicated volunteer for many years, and has rendered great service to the local hiking community by building and maintaining trails. Now he has brought a new gift to light in the form of a fascinating book about Silent Valley Nature Reserve. Whether you are an armchair adventurer or active hiker, this easy read with lots of Ron's lovely photos will entertain and educate. It highlights geology, cultural history, flora and fauna, and the unique connection Ron has felt in developing trails on this land. It is a story of learning and loving a place.

Silent Valley Nature Reserve is one ofmany ecologically significant properties owned and stewarded by the Bruce Trail Conservancy. The BTC's mandate is to establish and preserve a conservation corridor for the Bruce Trail along the Niagara Escarpment, in order to protect its natural ecosystems and promote environmentally responsible public access. Land acquisition is our surest way for securing protection of Escarpment habitats. All proceeds from the sale of Ron's book support the BTC's Land Acquisition Program.

Silent Valley Nature Reserve is located along the Bruce Trail and Niagara Escarpment between Bognor Marsh Management Area and Woodford. Easiest access and parking can be found at the deadend on 2nd Concession South, about 4km north of Bognor village. Several hiking loops totaling 6.4km now allow full exploration of this beautiful area. The Wilson Homestead, Silent Valley, and Avalanche Pass Side Trails plus the main Bruce Trail are well marked and include interpretive signage. The Sydenham Bruce Trail Club invites you to come explore. To maximize your appreciation of this special place and to support the BTC's mission, please purchase your copy of "Silent Valley" from Ginger Press or SBTC Board Members. Happy Reading and Hiking!

originally published on the lovely paper pages of Mosaic

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