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Posted: January 29, 2016

Celebrate McGinty Lake re-fencing Feb. 8

For the past couple of years, one of the Meadowbrook Community Association’s Strategic Priorities has been preserving and enhancing McGinty Lake as a recreational area.

On May 28, 2014, Director Marty Musser, who leads this MCA initiative, organized an on-site meeting for representatives of several stakeholder groups. Everyone in attendance agreed that the area needed to be preserved and enhanced and that the MCA should be the lead organization.

McGinty Lake FencingAfter that meeting, the MCA worked with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources (FLNRO) and the Kootenay Livestock Association (KLA) to devise a plan for re-fencing the lake that would protect the riparian zone and enhance use of the area for agriculture and recreation.

To gain approval for the project, the MCA raised close to $40,000 in grants and in-kind contributions. The majority of the funding came from the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) through the Grassland and Rangeland Enhancement Program (GREP) that is administered by the KLA.

The re-fencing has now been completed. Roger and Jana Jacobson and the crew of JRJ Fencing did a fine job and the work has received approval by FLNRO. A volunteer crew (Ingrid Musser, Owen Perrin, Victoria Bays, Corrie Hammill, Lou Bedard, Andrea Chapman, Sonja Seher, Brian Leeb, Doug Martin and Marty Musser) finished the work by installing the ‘drops’ (‘pickets’ to the old timers).

The MCA would like to extend appreciation to: the volunteer crew; Wildsight for donating the use of the share program truck; Steve Byford of GREP and Leanne Columbo and Kendrick Walburger of FLNRO for their advice and support of the project; and MCA Director Marty Musser and MCA member Doug Martin for spearheading the project.

Individuals interested in seeing the results of the project are invited to attend the MCA’s Family Day celebration on Monday February 8 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at McGinty Lake.

The MCA will clear a portion of the lake, light a bonfire, and provide hot chocolate and hot dogs. Bring your skates, cross-country skis, snowshoes and folding chairs if you wish. Marty will be on hand to conduct a tour of the project and to listen to your ideas on further enhancements.

McGinty Lake is located east of Kimberley in Meadowbrook. The turn off is on the south side of Highway 95A just past/before Cliff’s Meats.

Meadowbrook Community Association

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