Local trails are getting an upgrade thanks to a Timmins mine.
Lake Shore Gold, a subsidiary of Pan American Silver, has donated $29,600 to the Wintergreen Fund of Conservation.
The money will be used for work on the Bridge to Bridge, Golden Springs and Lion's Walk trails.
The work includes widening and resurfacing trails, culvert replacement, raising low-lying areas, adding bear-proof bins and new directional signs, according to the announcement.
“Outdoor recreation is a huge part of living in the north,” said Marcel Cardinal, director of Environment and Sustainability at Lake Shore Gold, in a news release. “It is important to maintain these outdoor facilities which are part of our northern culture and play such an important part in the mental health of our employees and the people in our community.
The Wintergreen Fund raising money to support the Mattagami Region Conservation Authority's work to maintain 55 kilometres of trails. The system connects the four conservation areas and runs from the Mattagami River to Porcupine Lake.
“We are grateful for this generous donation from Lake Shore Gold,” said Mark Joron, Wintergreen Fund for Conservation chair, in a news release. “The trail system is very valuable to our community, and the maintenance can become very costly. Donations like this allow the MRCA to proceed with the larger repair projects that are needed.”