2019 November 17

2019 November 17

Fall comes, to be followed by snow. But trail work must continue. Here’s some late information from the Friends of the South Slopes (FOSS).

Effective October 15, 2019, FOSS is very pleased to advise you that we now have a dedicated person who will monitor and facilitate trail maintenance in both MBPP (Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park) and OMPP (Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park): Herb Blamire.  Herb is a former Board Member/President of FOSS and has more than 45 years professional experience in owning, operating and maintaining heavy equipment, including trail building in Banff National Park.  He assists FOSS in certifying volunteers for the use of our trail maintenance equipment.  We are indeed indebted to Herb for his continuing contribution to our many undertakings on the South Slopes.

Our focus for the balance of the 2019 season will be brushing in MBPP, working our way up from the lower, more heavily-used trails.  This work will create some disturbances and you may experience ‘wait time’ on certain trails; signs will be posted at the Stewart Road East Trailhead advising you of which trails are affected.

To ensure that our efforts are the most effective, we ask that you direct your legitimate concerns regarding trail requirements to our co-ordinator: Herb Blamire.   For FOSS to succeed with our commitment to BC Parks, to keep the trails open for you, we “NEED VOLUNTEERS” to work with us; we appreciate any time you can afford.

Please follow us on the FOSS Facebook page for updates in this regard: FOSS-Kelowna Facebook – where you will find the most up-to-date information on trail work.  (If you ‘like’ FOSS-Kelowna you will be kept in the loop regarding which trails are being brushed, etc..)

Please contact Herb Blamire: globalsafety@shaw.ca

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