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Back to the Future: History Hike

The Lunch Hour Gang on the future site of MacMarsh Research Facility?

The weather cooperated and we had a warm sunny lunch hour hike through west campus today. This is the first group to see the ghost trail "Maria's Walk" the largest of the remaining Coldspring Valley Trails still somewhat intact. The changes to the landscape have been largely negative i.e. filling in a nature sanctuary floodplain to create surface parking, but good things are happening too.

McMaster has committed to creating a naturalized 30 metre buffer between existing parking and Ancaster Creek which runs along beside Parking Lot M.

A group of professors are advocating that a section of the lot be transformed from overflow parking into Canada's first outdoor research facility focused on wetland rehabilitation. That's right, from paving for parking, to paradise.

It seems that each time there is a little more to report on these history hikes, and as long as the new developments are positive, it keeps it fun.

I really enjoyed my time with these lovely people today!

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