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Posted: June 21, 2021

Public invited to help remove barbed wire in community forest

The Cranbrook Community Forest Society, in partnership with the Kootenay Orienteering Club and the East Kootenay Backcountry Horsemen, are inviting the public to assist in the removal of barbed wire – a couple of sections of collapsed rangeland fencing.

This fencing poses a serious hazard to wildlife and recreational users. There is up to 2.5-km of three strand fencing that will be spooled up into manageable rolls for removal and recycling. If necessary, a second work party will be completed in the Fall to complete this project.

When: 8 a.m. to Noon, Sunday, June 27 followed by hotdogs and drinks.

Where: Padawan Trailhead (near the Ft. Steele/Fernie interchange.)

What to bring: Sturdy boots, long pants, work gloves, sunhat and water bottle

Helpful tools: wire side cutter, claw hammer, small bucket for collecting staples (or tool belt with pouches).

Please use the pullout after the Ft. Steele/Fernie interchange (Ft. Steele exit) to make a safe turn across the traffic to make the turn into the new trail head. We will be meeting about 100m from the highway turnoff.

A briefing will be provided at 8:15 a.m. to explain the objective and methods to be used to dismantle the fence. All family members are welcome to join in.

Please RSVP so we can make sure we have sufficient food and drinks afterwards. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Lead image: The Cranbrook Community Forest Society is excited to announce the new Padawan trail, which circumnavigates Eager Hill, is open and ready for use by foot and bike traffic. The tread is still soft in places and fragile throughout so please use caution and tread lightly, avoiding equestrian use at this time. Cranbrook Community Forest Society photo

Cranbrook Community Forest Society

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