Ross Creek Maintenance: Boardwalks Floating

On May 11, 10 of us really cleared did clear the trail well from A111 until about three quarters of the way where we came across a floating/sinking boardwalk with deep water caused again by beavers. So instead of a hike through, we returned and then went in from the other direction. Out again on May 18 we cleared trail from the gas well to A109, again running into a floating boardwalk, but this time we could route around it.

Landowner Ken Bilobrowka beside the first floating boardwalk gave us access through his property to build a new bridge. Ken also helped with the bridge by cutting a telephone pole for supporting the bridge over the water and helped put it in place along with his brother Kevin. Thank you!Ross C TM May 18 (1) Ross C TM May 18 (8)

North Miquelon Boardwalk, Beavers, and Blooms

Our first hike in the country this year, and talk about May flowers! It was the perfect day to see blossoms on our native fruit trees and the woodland plants and shrubs.

Here is the list of what the twelve of us saw in bloom today:

early blue violet (see right)early blue violet
wood violet
fairy bell
saskatoon (see above)
pin cherry
red currant
black currant
goose berry
dew berry
bracted honeysuckle
low bush cranberry

We also saw a white tailed deer and a frog.

North Miquelon Boardwalk

Here we are on the smart new boardwalk that the trail maintenance team installed last week. The heap of boards at the bottom left is the old walk.





Poplar tree, a beaver's work-in-progress

As you know the beavers are very active in this area. This tree will not be standing upright for much longer. Here you see only the base of a really tall poplar tree. We did not linger for long.

Maintenance at Battle River

On Wednesday May 4th 10 of us cleared the trail from A62 east. One group worked from the campground at A62  to the end of the grassland, signing, clipping and mowing. One of the mowers died halfway back and had to be towed by the other.

A second group went in at RR210 through the road allowance to chain, clip and sign to the beginning of the grasslands and back.

A third group was to load up lumber and tools on the cart to fix the stile on the side of Rest and Be Thankful hill, except the wheels on the cart were forgotten so we carried it in only to find the fence gone and no need for a stile!  So like convicts ditch digging in a row, Brad and John picked and dug the side of the hill path to sort out the narrow slant (I mostly supervised), until it was decided to quit because of the heat.We will go back on a cooler day with more equipment and people.

So the two RR210 groups drove over to the campground and cleared trail going west in the cool woods.

We refreshed at McDonald’s in Camrose before heading back to town. Excellent work on a too hot day!

Karen B.