Maintenance at Coal Lake: the building continues…

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Maintenance crews have been working A45 Kjorlein corner to the Water Plant the last two weeks. May 25 a crew of 11 were out; with muggy conditions after all the rain. We built a 2 section boardwalk at the Hughston stopover and did maintenance from the stopover south to the pump house.  We managed to haul the makings for a 4 section boardwalk in two trips over many hills and slanted footing with the lake begging for a plunge 1.5km to the site. At one point the tilt and weight of the cart on one wheel blew out the clip holding the wheel and they had to fix it with a nail!  We went for refreshments at the Red Barn in Millet.

IMG_4342June 1st, 9 workers split into 3 groups. At the stopover John, Gary & Brad took a cart loaded with tools south to build the 4 section boardwalk. Linda, David & Darlene went north of the stopover to work on new stairs and improved the existing ones. The others cleared trail: Oscar chain sawed, Terry mowed and I was clipping and signing from A45 to the stopover and back. Then we moved to the pump house road and Oscar chain sawed, Terry clipped and signed and I drove to the Water Plant where I got permission to use their road so I could pick them up. Hot cinnamon buns and coffee at Ivy’s in Millet finished off our day!

So this section of Coal Lake has had a major upgrade in the infrastructure along with the trail clearing. Thanks to all the volunteers!

Thanks also to landowners Jay and Laurie Cridland for giving us access to their road down to the stopover on both Wednesdays.

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)

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.