This one of a kind trail network owes its existence to the hundreds of volunteers who have been running the Parc environnemental naturel de Sutton (PENS) for nearly 40 years, and to the professional team that has been involved over the last decade.
June 3rd - Spring Clean-up at the park
May 5,12,19 and 26 - Birding Hikes
June 2 and 9 - Birding Hikes
June 30th - Full Moon Hike to Lake Mohawk
Thanks to you, and the 465 likes you awarded us, that the PENS won the grant enabling us to equip the 4 Summits Day Camp with equipment for the famous sleepover in the woods at the end of each week.
Even better: thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor the PENS was able to reach its funding objective while sharing the BIEC grant with two other Sutton organizations competing in Brome-Missisquoi, the Villas des Monts and the Salle Alec Gerard Pelletier.
In harmony with the social values of the du Pôle d'entreprenariat collectif de l'est de la Montérégie (PECEM), from which this grant came, the three Sutton organizations decided there was more to gain by sharing the money than entering into a potentially heartbreaking competition.
A big thank you to all those who supported us, bravo to Sutton and the dynamic collective enterprises, and continued success to the BIEC!
Better late than never ... Last Thursday, April 5, the PENS had the opportunity to thank the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Quebec Region during the visit of the Honorable Denis Paradis, our federal MP for Brome-Missisquoi.To continue
Thanks to the generous contribution of $ 116,000 from the PIC150 program the five-year PENS objectives of the Pathway Retrofit Plan (2012-2017) were achieved on budget and schedule. This financial contribution corresponded to 44% of the budget of the five-year plan for the year 2015 to 2017. The rest of the funding came from memberships and access fees for PENS hikers ($ 73,000), and from the town of Sutton ($ 71,000). The Sutton Economic Development Corporation also contributed $ 3,000.
The contributions helped complete the restoration of the busiest and most damaged sections of the trail network. Included in this work was leveling the Lake Spruce shelter, which was on the verge of falling into the water, and realizing a thirty-year-old dream, connecting the heart of the village to the top of the mountain. A celebratory hike is scheduled for Saturday, May 26 ... More details to come in the coming weeks.