Craig’s Way

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…into the soul of the forest

Craig’s Way is a footpath that embodies the land values that we have spoken of since first launching the Sheltering Forests campaign. It is important as the first project of Friends of Redtail Society because it is an expression of the principles and goals so fundamental to the Society.

Through Craig’s Way we hope to:

• Introduce the community to the deep ecological values we espouse, in a practical way. Craig’s Way is a symbolic invitation for us, as humans, to deepen our relationship with nature;

• Demonstrate more respectful land use, inspired by the deep ecological premise of non-human centred decision-making;

• Maintain biodiversity, habitat and wild spaces-the setting is a naturally regenerating Acadian forest, Nova Scotia’s indigenous forest type, which is considered to be among the most endangered of forest ecosystems in North America;

• Facilitate community gathering for the purpose of education, learning, research, and sharing;

• Encourage community participation in the health and wellbeing of the bioregion;

• Use the land base as a space to help the community understand, explore and access the health benefits of nature bonding, while becoming better connected with the bioregion. Time spent in nature – whether walking, working the land or simply being still – is restorative; positively affecting one’s mental and physical wellbeing as well as restoring an essential bond with the natural world.

The footpath is named for a young friend and supporter, Craig Chenell, who developed a deep and enduring relationship with nature through his experiences at Redtail Nature Awareness. Craig died in a motor vehicle accident in 2009, days before he was to launch his own fundraiser for the Sheltering Forests project. We invite you to join us in creating a legacy in Craig’s name, a path into nature.

We will continue to post and share information here on Craig’s Way, such as upcoming trail building days, walking events or other ways you can support this initiative. But please do not hesitate to contact us if you’d like to get in touch or participate.

 

 Craig's Way