Ancient Cottonwood Trail closed due to safety risk
May 26, 2018, Fernie, BC – The Nature Conservancy of Canada is advising the public that the popular Ancient Cottonwood Trail is not currently safe for walking due to accumulated debris both on the ground and in the canopy following a wind storm. The organization is requesting that the public refrain from using the trail until further notice.
The pocket of old-growth forest grows along the Elk River near Morrissey and contains the world’s oldest recorded cottonwood trees. At 400 years old, these trees are reaching the end of their viable lifespan; as they die, the risk of falling branches and entire trees increases. This natural process feeds the regeneration of the complex forest ecosystem, but also poses risks for visitors.
Public safety is a priority for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Closing the trail is a precautionary measure to prevent the chance of injury to visitors from downed trees or falling branches. There are currently dead tree limbs suspended in the canopy (commonly known as “widow makers”) which could come down at any moment without warning.Read more
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Elk Watershed Discovery Camp 2018 is now officially open for registration at the College of the Rockies Fernie Campus! Check out this awesome week-long day camp filled with smiles, splashes and skills for youth aged 10-14! 3 weeks offered this summer!
Please join the Elk River Alliance for a celebration of watershed accomplishments in 2017 at our AGM, Thursday March 8 6-8 p.m. at the Fernie Arts Station on 1st Ave. Learn what is planned for 2018. Bring something to share at the potluck and social from 6-6:45, meeting until 8.
Since 2012, the Elk Valley CEMF Working Group, made up of Ktunaxa, industry, governments, and community, has assessed the current condition of four valued components - grizzly bear, riparian habitat/Westslope cutthroat trout, bighorn sheep, and old/mature forest. Selected future scenarios were then modelled to explore potential cumulative effects and specific strategies to avoid, reduce or manage cumulative impacts on these four VCs. Dr. Bram Noble, an expert from the University of Saskatchewan, will discuss the opportunities and challenges of implementing a cumulative effects-based strategy. Activities at the Open House will help community better understand the scope and usefulness of this exciting new decision making tool. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (250) 423-1682.
If you're interested in learning about wetlands and would like to take a FREE course, look no further! We our hosting a Wetlandkeepers Course from October 12 - 14 (Thursday night 7 - 9pm and Friday & Saturday 9am - 4pm) where you can learn all about wetland conservation and gain hands-on skills! Call 250-423-4691 or visit the College of the Rockies in person or online, to register!