An enthusiastic group of volunteers from the Friends of West Kootenay Parks completed their trail clearing project last week in Valhalla Park. The 5 km section from Evans beach to Emerald Lake has been an issue for several years with a profusion of deadfall from beetle killed pine. Some years upwards of 100 trees had to be dealt with. On June 29, a crew of seven people worked clearing deadfall and brushing the trail. They were joined by three more volunteers on the 30th. All 5 km to the lake were completed.
This was a very proficient crew with the leader, Dave Smith, being the very first person to work in Valhalla Park after its establishment in 1983. He worked as a contractor for 4 years establishing and maintaining many of the lakefront sites we see today. The rest of the crew also contributed with an amazing variety of expertise.
Kudos to the Friends of West Kootenay Parks for their hard work and safety mindedness on the project.