The Cranbrook Community Forest Society is holding their semi-annual Work Bee on Saturday, June 9. The work bee is continuing the work that has been completed in previous years by thinning the ingrowth and opening up the natural grassland habitat. The Rocky Mountain Trench Society and the Ministry of Forests are actively involved in the project.
Volunteers who have taken appropriate training will be using brush saws to cut the trees while other volunteers will move the cut trees to the edge of the forest service road. The saplings will then be chipped and spread on pathways. People of all ages come out to take part in the event. Children can use manual pullers which are used on small trees. There are lots of jobs available and even an hour or two of your time will be appreciated Volunteers will be working near Sylvan Lake in an area that was once grassland but has now become a dense forest.
The thinning helps improve the grassland and forest, improves wildlife habitats and helps reduce wildfire risk to the city. The Work Bee will run from 9am-2pm with BBQ lunch provided at noon.
Work gloves, long pants and sturdy footwear are essential for all jobs. Safety equipment such as hard hats and high-visibility vests will be supplied. The work site can be accessed via the Forest Service Road near the fires suppression base camp beside Sandor Rental at the north end of the Strip. A red topped tent will mark the site.
The Community Forest is one of Cranbrook's greatest assets. Encompassing 1800 hectares in the east and north of the city, from Sylvan Lake through Isadore Canyon to Eager Hill. A 50 km network of trails and old roads is used year round by cyclists, hikers, horseback rides, cross country skiers and snowshoers. It offers interpretive trails which provide families and school groups with recreation and learning opportunities. The Cranbrook Community Forest Society continues its work to help maintain this amazing natural recreational asset for all the citizens of the East Kootenays.
If you would like further information please go to their website www.cranbrookcommunityforest.com or call Tara at 250-426-0140.
Citizens for a Livable Cranbrook Society provides grassroots leadership and an inclusive process, with a voice for all community members, to ensure that our community grows and develops in a way that incorporates an environmental ethic, offers a range of housing and transportation choices, encourages a vibrant and cultural life and supports sustainable, meaningful employment and business opportunities.