Clearing Saunders Lake Trail

We used the predator & mower to clear some horrible nettle, thistle and other attacking growth and usual brush; chained, signed, clipped and cleared from A29 to A30, the wooded part of Saunders’ trail.

At A29 we replaced the rotting sunken bridge with a longer one bank to bank. 004002

It seems the road allowance at A30 is still being abused. Another new fence on either side cut, as well as lots of garbage by the fire which also was filled with broken glass. We cleared up what we could.

We had hoped to get from A30 to A33 as well to check the signing and stiles and deadfall. It has not been looked at for a few years as it is usually well kept by the cows grazing and being open has little to no deadfall.

After a mornings work and lunch by the lake in the breeze, we went to Nisku for coffee at Tim’s.

Maintenance at Ministik Bird Sanctuary

Fortified with adequate people to clear the extreme growth we cleared a park like trail in the woods! It was a longer distance than what we’d normally do for maintenance as there is no way out from the middle of Ministik other than our trail. The predator brush cutter was perfect for cutting into the wall of green with 3 people taking turns. We started from A87 near Twp Rd 502 and went up to Horseshoe Lake with our energetic chain saw workers going 1.5km past that! We ended the day at McDonald’s in Beaumont where some enjoyed the new trend of coffee and ice cream!TM Ministik Aug 10 (7)TM Ministik Aug 10 (6)TM Ministik Aug 10 (4)

Trail Clearing along Bigstone Creek

A48 towards A49

With only 5 workers we split into 2 groups going in on a road allowance from Twp 470 to “B” and 3 workers went west and 2 north. We cleared about 4.5km with chain saws, weed eaters, signing and some clipping.

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With more people we could have resurrected the blue route at “B” an alternate trail that gets us off of the field and down by the Bigstone Creek again as well we could have cleared a little farther and clipped more. The rain has increased the growth everywhere this year and added to the challenge.

However we did meet with landowner Warren Lyle to get his permission to use the road allowance which is a huge saving in TM efforts; we did not have to go from A48 to A49 6.8km! Thank you!

Trail Maintenance Crew takes a break