by Peggy Bainard Acheson, Treasurer
This area is a sacred space on protected land, a place where people can enjoy some time in nature with their families. This complex area, with its many species of rare plants, forest ecosystem, and of course the fen itself, is special in Manitoba. Such places are hard to find and when Debwendon Inc. decided to build a trail and open it to the public, we hoped people would recognize this and treat it with respect. Despite signs saying NO DOGS, we soon found that people were bringing their dogs and allowing them to run freely. I have witnessed dogs running on and off the Boardwalk trampling delicate plants. Some owners didn’t bother to pick up after their dogs. On Mother’s Day it was reported that a group of people brought 4 large dogs. One of them defecated on the trail and a child accidentally stepped in it. Not a catastrophe, but annoying nevertheless.
Responsible dog owners can’t understand why we don’t allow dogs on a leash; however many dog owners are not aware that many people (especially small children) are frightened of dogs.
We freely allow people to visit the trail even when it is closed and most people respect our no dog rule. However, we know some people are still bringing their dogs. This is not a dog park and was never meant to be. Even though we know most dog owners are responsible, there is always that small minority that flout the rules and ruin it for everyone else.
Service dogs that accompany their owners must be properly licensed and registered to go on the trail.
PLEASE HELP US KEEP THE BROKENHEAD WETLANDS PRISTINE AND DON’T BRING YOUR DOGS!
YOUR COOPERATION IS APPRECIATED!