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Amherst hosting forest health workshop from Jan. 16 to 18


With the holidays now behind us, and a new year upon us, now is the perfect time to set yourself up for a happy and healthy year in 2018.

As part of our goal to be the most healthy, active community in Nova Scotia, we here at the Town of Amherst are happy to provide you with many resources to help get you outside and help you to stay active during the winter months.

We also hope to continue to brighten your nights and increase evening winter activities as we continue to illuminate Victoria Square and the downtown outdoor skating surface with our new and improved winter decorative lighting for all to enjoy.

Amherst will host the Atlantic Canada Forest Health Workshop free of charge from Jan. 16 to 18 at the Community Credit Union Building Innovation Centre.

The purpose of the workshop is to act as a forum for sharing information, raising awareness, and ultimately improving management of factors that are detrimental to forest health in Atlantic Canada.

Attendees include representatives of several Federal agencies including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Canadian Forest Service and Parks Canada, Universities, forest pest managers from Provincial governments, and arborists / city foresters from several municipalities throughout Atlantic Canada.

As we continue to see the effects that Dutch Elm Disease has played on our local urban tree canopy, workshops such as this one, are vital to improve the health and increase the longevity of our forests, both in the urban and rural environments.

If the winter blues are getting to you, why not take advantage of the many great opportunities available to you throughout town such as a stroll along the Big Block Walk downtown, or go out and enjoy a skate on ‘A’ Place to Play outdoor skating surface which is open daily, weather permitting on the corner of Victoria Street and Maple Avenue.

Also, did you know that the Four Fathers Library, YMCA, and the Stadium Recreation office offer snowshoes free of charge for daily and weekend sign outs?

Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the outdoors on top of the snow throughout our many parks and along our walking trails. Don’t forget to include your 4-legged friends in winter activities as well, at our new off-leash dog park pilot located at Robb Complex.

The After the Bell program will begin this Monday, Jan. 8. Join us Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:45-3:45 p.m. at the Amherst Stadium for skating, shinny hockey, ringette, and snowshoeing.

Please note that ringette will be offered on Wednesday afternoon only and that snowshoeing will be take place on Friday afternoon, weather permitting. This program is offered free of charge in support of the Town of Amherst’s physical activity strategy.

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