Battle River Trail Clearing

Yesterday was a gorgeous sunny day perfect for working on the trail and showing off the beauty of the valley with it’s fall colors.  You will have to forgive me for my blue green tinged pictures of late….did you know when you buy a new cell phone it has a cellophane cover on the screen AND the camera eye???? 009

We cleared from A60 to Schnee hill. One group  cleared one way from A60. The second group drove down the county line road to 1km from Schnee and clear there and back, looking for a wonky boardwalk to replace, and found the one there still not too bad. We then cleared towards the other group. 010

Afterwards we dropped our boardwalk wood in the bush in the middle of the section where there are two walkways needing resurrection and that we will do another time. We had brought wood for a new stile but did not find it although there is a stile needing a new post. There was a short crossing of a crop where we carried the mowers; hopefully the crop is cut by hike time. 008

One mower refused to propel forwards and was abandoned at the beginning. The Ariens mower handle broke wrestling it with a tree root.  A fence attacked Mike’s jeans and ate a chunk! All in a day’s work!006

The trail is in good shape and we have more access roads than I thought which is great for maintenance!

Kopp Lake Ready for Hiking

After dragging the cart full of wood more than half this section of trail, we were able to bridge over a mucky bog, a huge improvement. Growth was high with an increase in thistle and weeds over other years. A lot of signage was replaced, hose put over barb wire stile crossings, much clipping, mowing making a huge difference and the chain saw worked hard. We have a park like path in the woods, by a lake for all to enjoy! kopp-l-june-15-15kopp-l-jun-15-5

Great effort by all volunteers!

At some point we will replace the stile at A35 and the bridge near there too.

Work begins at Kopp Lake

We have been out today clearing the Kopp Lake section of the trail going in half way from A34 to the beaver dam. The fallen trees were many and big.

See MEN vs TREE pictures below and find out the answer to who won by coming on the hike Sunday September 18th!

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The growth was wild, wet & weedy! We also hauled wood part way in the direction of a wet bog we hope to bridge over next week. A great day for working in the woods with industrious volunteers!