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.

 

Maintenance at Miquelon North

 

004We built two 10 ft. lengths of boardwalk adding on from the bridge we built April 27th, which will be even better in wet weather. We were short a couple of boards and it needs a ramp at the ends…finishing touches next yr.

We chained and clipped in the reroute and at the Miquelon road end.

From Ministik to the reroute I chained and Bonnie did some signing and clipping and clearing, but after I refilled the chain saw with gas it refused to keep running! It started but then would die….Oscar said there is always more issues with the saws when it is hot. Anyway I had to leave the last 15 or so trees but not bad to step over…..next year we will get the rest.

We had not enough people to do any more (like weed eating), but it was good to go for the hike.

 

CBC Radio-Canada visits Trail Maintenance

Des bénévoles nettoient le sentier de randonnée Waskahegan

(Volunteers maintain the Waskahegan trail)

CBC Radio-Canada (the Edmonton station) had been working on a TV series about trails in Western Canada. We missed the cut-off to be in the TV series; however–even better–they came out with the maintenance crew on the Pipestone trail and filmed for about an hour. On the Radio-Canada web site you will see a 2 min video that includes an awesome interview with Yvette Stack (thanks, Yvette & team).

Check out the video – L’entretien du sentier Waskahegan trail (Maintenance of the Waskahegan trail).