MNR may restrict Sault Ste. Marie cycling trails

The Ministry of Natural Resouces is considering limiting access to a number of unauthorized cycling trails in Sault Ste. Marie, as the trails are located near a fish hatchery.

Ministry says unauthorized trails are near a fish culture station

The Ministry of Natural Resources is considering limiting access to a number of unauthorized cycling trails in Sault Ste. Marie, as the trails are located near a fish hatchery.

The president of the Sault Cycling Club said the trails in question have been in use for at least 25 years.

The Ministry of Natural Resources is considering fencing some unauthorized trails to protect a nearby fish culture station. (Supplied)

"We have this vast diverse trail network at our doorstep and people have been enjoying it for years and years,” Jamie Capisciolto said.

“To have that taken away I think would be a tragedy."

The MPP for Sault Ste. Marie and minister of Natural Resources said all authorized trails will remain open, while some unauthorized trails may be fenced off.

“There are some authorized trails in this relatively small area,” David Orazietti said.

“This is the area we are considering fencing to protect the integrity and quality of water for the operating of the fish culture station."

Orazietti said some of the unauthorized trails where fencing is being considered are near a fish culture station that produces a third of the lake trout stocked across the province.

If the trails are fenced, there is no time line as to how long those fences would stay there, he said.

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