The Legacy of Michael Tucker
Michael Tucker moved to his country property south of Uxbridge in 1985. After retiring from Civil Engineering he became involved in local conservation issues. Michael served as President of Green Durham Association from 2000 to 2015, a productive time for GDA during which funds were raised to maintain trails, create parking lots, entrances and signage, and land was secured to create trail connections and new areas for public enjoyment.
Michael was involved with many other local committees, projects and initiatives related to trails. The efforts of Michael and others have resulted in a unique concentration of public lands and trails across the southern part of Uxbridge Township, and northwards into and throughout the town. Michael’s direct, fair-minded and practical approach, his perseverance and his attention to detail helped advance the vision he and others developed: of publically accessible trails, of trails connecting communities, and of stewardship of these lands.
In October 2016, the Michael Tucker Trail was officially opened. This is a great trail for families – for most of the gently rolling trail you can walk side by side and talk. The route travels through several distinct forest areas which are lovely in every season: in the summer it is deeply shaded most of the way, in the fall the leaves overhead are glorious, in the winter it is an easy ski or snowshoe trail, and in the early spring wildflowers such as trout lilies and trilliums are abundant.
On November 3, 2016 Michael was recognized by the Living City with the Charles Sauriol Leadership Award. This is the video that was presented at the award ceremony.