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- Road Construction at Birch Creek
The Creston Community Forest has been constructing road in the Birch Creek area near Kitchener throughout the month of January. The road constructed will lead to both conventional logging and cable logging blocks which will be harvested throughout the spring. The recent road construction also included the replacement of bridge timbers on our bridge at Lower Birch. Please be aware of active logging and road construction if you happen to be using either the Birch Creek or Russell Creek Forestry Roads from January to April.
- New Bridge Constructed Over Sullivan Creek
A new walking bridge has been constructed across Sullivan Creek on Mount Thompson. This bridge completes the Sullivan Creek Connector which connects the Pack Trail with the Sullivan Creek Trail. The bridge was constructed on site over two days by Jerry Bauer, Greg Perry, Bob McDonald and Dave Wigen. Thanks to everyone for their hard work! For more information about Creston Community Forest’s hiking trails on Mount Thompson please visit the Forest Recreation section of our website or click here.
- The History of the Thompson Pack Trail
The Thompson Pack Trail kiosk located on Vance Road in Canyon got a makeover thanks to Ms. Adam’s 2019-2020 Grade 10 Homelinks Class. As part of a Wildsight Ecostewards Project, the Grade 10 students were tasked with researching the history of the Thompson Pack Trail. The students then produced an informative poster which is now displayed at the Creston Community Forests’ kiosk on Vance Road! Thanks to Ms. Adams and her Grade 10 Homelinks students, Melissa Flint, Wildsight, Jerry Bauer, Tammy Bradford, Ed McMackin and Allan Richardson for their collaboration to help see this project through. To see a full copy of the poster click here.
- West Ridge Trail Extension Completed
The West Ridge Trail Extension was recently completed on Mount Thompson. The West Ridge Trail runs form the valley floor to the top of Mount Thompson and the Rim Trail. Along the West Ridge Trail be sure to check out the historic hang-gliding site, Gliders’ Point. Gliders’ Point now has two picnic tables, a fire ring and a cedar bench which were supplied by Recreation Sites and Trails BC. Gliders’ point can be found at 1.8 KM from the West Ridge Trail trailhead. The entire West Ridge Trail is just under 8.5 KM one way. For more information about the West Ridge Trail and driving directions please click here.
- Mountain Goat Enjoys Creston Valley Views
A mountain goat was spotted on Mount Thompson enjoying the views of the beautiful Creston Valley. We welcome all visitors (even wildlife!) to hike our West Ridge Trail. Make sure to visit the old hang-gliding site located at the half way point to view the amazing scenery and check out the historic hang-gliding ramps built in the 1980’s. There are now two picnic tables, a fire ring and a bench at this site for your enjoyment. This makes for a great spot to have a picnic while taking in a beautiful view and getting out in to nature this summer. For more info on the West Ridge Trail please click here.
- Creston Community Forest Takes to the Skies!
On Thursday May 28th, a picnic table, bench and fire ring were flown via helicopter into the old hang-gliding site on the top of Mount Thompson. Construction work continues throughout the summer on the Creston Community Forest’s trails on both Goat Mountain and Mount Thompson. Please see the “Forest Recreation” section of our website for more details.
- Creston Community Forest Contributes $75,000 to the Crawford Hill Wetlands Reservoir Project
The Creston Community Forest recently announced the contribution of $75,000 to the Crawford Hill Wetlands Reservoir Project. The project is in partnership with the Town of Creston for the remediation of the former Crawford Hill Reservoir Site located at 226 24th Avenue North in Creston. The project will be completed in two parts; one being the restoration of the reservoirs and the second to create a natural public open space for the community to enjoy. Once completed, the three former water reservoirs and 10 acres of land will be a wetlands habitat for a diversity of wildlife and a recreational space for public use.
- In the NEWS - Community Forest supports Crawford Hill project. Creston Valley Advance article.
Social distancing being the current practice, Couns. Jim Elford accepedt a cheque from Creston Community Forest chair John Chisamore (centre) on Friday while Mayor Ron Toyota looked on. The CCF donation is part of its $75,000 commitment for the mitigation of the Crawford Hill water reservoir site. Lorne Eckersley photo By Lorne Eckersley The mitigation of the old and now unused open water reservoirs on Crawford Hill got a major boost last week from Creston Community Forest, which has evolved into a major promoter of outdoor recreation in recent years. CCF board chair John Chisamore announced a contribution of $75,000 as the Town of Creston works “to create a public (community) space for the enjoyment of the general public on a portion of the property.” Mitigation of the site will mean restoring portions of the property to a more natural state and converting the old reservoirs into small ecosystems, such as marshes. A large bat house on the site will help reduce the mosquito population, Couns. Jim Elford said after accepting part of the CCF contribution on behalf of the Town of Creston. Chisamore said the donation is part of a greater effort by the CCF to create outdoor recreation and educational facilities like walking paths and outdoor education opportunities. “The Corporation supports the environmental improvements of the (mitigation) project and wishes to ensure that sufficient funds are available to complete the project,” he said. Elford, who serves as the Town Council representative to the CCF, credits the Forest Corporation’s board and staff for its efforts to diversify and play a greater role, not just in logging, but in other areas as well. “CCF did an amazing job in Canyon,” he said. A truly sustainable logging operation involved taking out half of the merchantable timber, then replanting, is now complete. For full article: Creston Valley Advance Article
- Fuel Reduction Project – Currently Happening on Goat Mountain
The Creston Community Forest was recently approved for $670,000.00 of provincial funding from the Forest Enhancement Society of BC for wildfire reduction projects. This funding is a multi-year wildfire risk reduction project that is scheduled to occur on Goat Mountain and in Arrow Creek. Funding for a pilot project at the base of Thompson Mountain in Canyon, BC was fully funded by the Community Forest in 2018/2019 and involved spacing the tree canopy and removing the dense understory in order to help mitigate the spread of wildfire to the area. Goat Mountain currently poses the greatest threat of wildfire to Creston and surrounding areas given its proximity to the town and will be the next area of focus. The intent of the multi-year project is to reinforce existing fuel breaks on either side of the Goat Mountain forestry road and the hydro power line. This will be achieved by creating a buffer on either side of these features where half of the tree canopy will be removed, as well as the dense underbrush. The result will be a more open stand that will help mitigate the spread of wildfire, if it occurs. Approximately 130 hectares on the north and west sides of Goat Mountain are planned for treatment and will be completed this coming winter and spring. We ask that you exercise caution when travelling along the Goat Mountain Forest Service Road as operations are scheduled to occur up until March 2020. Please contact the Community Forest office at 250-402-0070 for more information or if you have any questions.
- Forest Education – World Forestry Week Event
The fifth annual National Forestry week field trip was hosted by the Creston Community Forest on September 26, 2019. Approximately 170 grade 4, 5 and 6 students attended the event at Russell Creek near Kitchener. Students participated in learning stations including a biodiversity nature walk, wildfire protection strategies and hands-on crafts.
- Current Logging Activities – Summer/Fall 2019
This summer, we have completed logging up Peterson/Spider Creek near Kitchener. We are currently planning to log this fall up Okell Creek behind Goat Mountain, and up Huggard Creek in the spring. Please exercise caution while travelling along the Forestry Roads due to industrial traffic.
- Trail Building Work Bee – July 27th!
This past Saturday, the CCF hosted a trail building work bee on the upper section of the proposed West Ridge Trail. Jerry Bauer, a community board member here at the CCF, gathered and led the seven volunteers on a great community event with beautiful views of the Creston Valley. A short write-up by Jerry describes the day’s events: The work bee on Mt Thompson was organized through the Trails for Creston Valley Society. They put a notice on their website and sent out emails to their members. Seven volunteers (plus myself) met in Creston at 8 on Saturday morning. Two vehicles drove to the top of Mt Thompson and started work on the new West Ridge Trail shortly after 9. Although this portion of the trail is in the alpine (no windfall to cut through), the trail building was difficult due to the very rocky conditions and the bear grass and low shrubs. After 4+ hours of work (and including several breaks and a short lunch break), we managed to build approximately 450 m of trail. We were back in Creston by 2. The day was bright and sunny and windy, and thankfully, not too hot. Actually, great day to build trail. Although the work was hard and slow, all were happy with the results and agreed to help again with another work bee. The seven volunteers included: John Dinn, Ryan McEwen, Tom Coveney, Andrew Stolz, Pascal Smyth, Adam Mjolsness, and Trevor Marzke. Thank you all for helping us bring more trails to the valley. Keep an eye out for future trail building work bees this summer. Volunteers packing down their work Volunteers enjoying a break from the hard work. Volunteers with the Rim Trail in the background