Name changes aim to add character to Grey County forests

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A forest tract by any other name would smell as sweet – especially in the spring.

Yet with new names being adopted recently, some may wonder, “Wherefore art thou, Artemesia-Osprey Townline Forest?

But if they seek, soon they will find it – as the newly-dubbed Lady Bank.

Grey County owns about 8,500 acres of forest (which can be used for hunting, mountain biking, hiking, walking, birding, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.

Twenty of the 45 county forest properties are being re-named after consultation with county staff, a Grey Roots archivist, conservation authorities and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation.

The change mentioned above preserves the name of the historic community of Lady Bank. It’s also meant to limit confusion by not giving the forest property the same name as the road.

In the same vein, the Artemesia-Euphrasia Townline Forest (less poetically known as Tract 2) will be known as Eugenia, because it’s located two concessions north of Eugenia Lake.

Collingwood 19 will become Gibraltar after another settlement; Collingwood Osprey Townline will be McKean’s Mills and “Collingwood Landlocked” will become Kolapore Headwaters.

In a more complicated series of changes, Camp Oliver Egremont will be known as Camp Oliver East, while Grey Main Camp Oliver, will be known as Camp Oliver.

Two other connected tracts that used to be called Camp Oliver Glenelg and Camp Oliver, will now be called, respectively, Topcliff North and South, after that historic hamlet in the former Glenelg.

Dromore East is being renamed Dromore: the hint in the name that the forest is east of Dromore is not viewed as necessary.

County Forest Property #35, the Quarry tract, will be renamed with the name to be provided by the Saugeen Ojibway Nation

The county was already planning to update the signs in 2021 for maintenance and include the new Grey County logo. The current signs were put up about two decades ago.

All county forest properties also have civic address signs at the entrance which can be used in case of emergency.

In a related matter, the county has completed its forest management plan covering the next 20 years.

Grey Sauble took the lead on the project. It sets policies on uses like bee-keeping and tapping trees and sets limits on uses; for example, that foraging can only be done for personal use and can’t be done off-trail. The plan also navigates challenges by setting policies for protecting species-at-risk during logging.

Southgate Deputy-Mayor Brian Milne was the chair of the advisory committee that developed the plan.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald