Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fwd: Top of the Lake Community Shoreline Clean-Up September 28th

You may be interested in knowing about this event.
From: Claire de la Salle <>
Subject: Top of the Lake Community Shoreline Clean-Up September 28th
Date: September 17, 2014 at 12:39:39 PM PDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

Hello there,

You are invited to join a Top of the Lake Community Shoreline Clean-Up on September 28th.  Friends of the Lardeau River, the Kootenay Conservation Program and Friends of Kootenay Lake are teaming up to organize a community shoreline clean-up in the north end of Kootenay Lake.

When: Sunday September 28th 10:00am-1:00pm

Where: Rendezvous at the Argenta boat launch (4.3km south from intersection of Duncan Lake Rd. and Argenta Johnsons Landing Rd.)

Take action against shoreline garbage! Join us on September 28th for the Top of the Lake Shoreline Clean-Up event.  We will meet at the Argenta boat launch at 10am.  Please bring your boots and work gloves.  There will also be a BBQ and refreshments on the beach to fuel the volunteers!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via email or phone.  Please see event poster attached.

Many thanks,

Claire de la Salle, BSc
Program Manager- Friends of Kootenay Lake
P: (250)777-2955

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Next work party will be September 17th

There will be no work parties until September 17th as our trail bosses Stu and Val have decided to go off gallivanting instead. It's been a busy year so we gave them permission. :-)

Now get out there and enjoy the end of summer!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Kaslo Trailblazers Society Update

Here's an early look at the Kaslo Trailblazers Society Update that will be published in an upcoming Pennywise and Valley Voice as space permits.
Kaslo Trailblazers Society Update

The 5th Street Unity Bridge's design is
like that of the Kaslo Trailblazers Bridge.
It has been a busy spring & summer for the volunteers of the Kaslo Trailblazers, and results are coming together. The best news is that all permits and engineering work are now in place for the 5th Street Unity Bridge on the Kaslo River Trail, and the steel for this pedestrian bridge has been ordered. Request for tenders for the wood required for the structure are out, and volunteers will be needed to stain all parts.

The Kaslo Trailblazers have worked with the Kaslo Trail Alliance group over this past year to come out with a comprehensive map of public trails in our area. This map is now available at various locations in Kaslo and your comments are welcome if you spot any errors or see ways to improve the map for future printings.

The north Kaslo River Trail washout from the flooding in 2012 has been repaired to the point of being usable, but additional work will be completed this fall. Unfortunately a partial roll of industrial geotech black fabric has disappeared from the worksite. This is expensive and is needed to complete the work. If anyone has information regarding this item, please return it to the site or let us know - no questions asked! Work has also been completed on another north Kaslo River Trail washout from 2013 with the installation of retaining boards, steps and levelling of the walking surface.

The Kaslo & District Community Forest work crew has assisted us by working on the Lettrari Loop trail (formerly known as the south Kaslo River Trail extension) by adding a switchback on a steep section and making corduroy walking paths through seasonal wet areas. This trail has also been greatly enhanced by the Trailblazers volunteers who completed a connecting section along the north side of the airstrip through the woods and off the road. This section has excellent views, is flat, and topped with wood chips.

We continue to make concrete retaining blocks out of leftover concrete. If you or someone you know is pouring concrete, please let Val know the DAY BEFORE at 250-353-2168. Some or all of the leftover concrete from your pour will be used on the trails and not wasted.

These are just some of the projects completed or being worked on, and we thank all our volunteers and financial supporters. If you have any questions about our work, we welcome your email to or you can check out our website and blog at

NO Work Party August 27th

No work party this week as the usual suspects - Stu, Val, and Ken - are away, but 48 concrete blocks (almost 4000 lbs!) got moved last week and everyone survived. Hats off to all those who came out, it was great to have some new faces.

We expect there to be a work party on Wednesday September 3rd as usual, but the post may not come out until the day before.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Work party Wednesday August 20 9 am to noon

Please help this man!
This week work continues on the retaining wall near our lovely magenta Trailblazers Bridge. There are forty 80 lb concrete blocks to be moved from the New Denver Hwy pullout down to the bridge.

Stu's away so Valiant Val will lead the charge this week. PLEASE don't let this man try to move all those blocks by himself.

Meet at the New Denver Hwy pullout at 9 am. No tools necessary, just muscles, so bring a friend, neighbour, or any oxen you have hanging around.

Monday, August 11, 2014

5th Street Unity Bridge update

Just a short progress update on the 5th Street Unity bridge.

This will be a steel girder bridge using the same design as the magenta Trailblazers Bridge, although it will have a more shallow arch (2' instead of 4').   This decision was made due to higher than expected costs for our earlier proposed glulam design and an earlier proposed suspension bridge.

This spring we removed trees on the north side in preparation for building the concrete abutments, and then recently a geotech inspection indicated that we should be further away from the river on the south side. This has resulted in a longer span than we had anticipated, and so we are still working with the engineers on the design of both the steel girders and the concrete abutments.

However, the good news is that we are very close to finalizing this aspect, and we plan to begin the abutment construction in August or early September. We have put out tenders for the wood component of the bridge, and we are just waiting from Rapid Span (the steel engineers) to finish the final estimates and steel design.

We are still fundraising for this project, as costs are higher than we had first anticipated with the increase in bridge span length.  We will get it built!

Work party Wednesday August 13 9am - noon

Summer is moving along quickly it seems, and we have been making good progress on new trail development and maintaining the existing ones. This week our work party will focus on a short section of side hill that is starting to collapse on the south side river trail. Several of the support logs will need to be replaced.

We will meet at the trail head behind the Village shop on the south side. For tools, likely a rake and possibly clippers if you have them….other tools will be provided.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Work Party August 6 9am-noon

Yipe!…'s August already.  Our next work party will be to work on two bypass routes of steep sections of the Lettrari Loop.

We will meet at the airport parking lot just near the wind sock. Our first project will be to work on the steep section bypass near there, and then we will move to the steep section at the far west end of the Lettrari Loop trail. Tools will be provided.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Work Party Wednesday July 30 9am-noon

It will be working on steps again this week, near the big boulder on the south side just upstream of the red bridge, and we will refurbish the large steps into some smaller more manageable ones.

Tools will be provided, and we will meet at the New Denver Highway trailhead. Hope to see you there.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Work party 9am - noon Wednesday July 23

Our work party this week will continue trail tread stabilization near the wood steps on the north side of the river trail, above the 2013 washout. We are putting in retaining wall and filling the trail to provide a wider and more stable trail in the loose material in that section.

We will meet at the New Denver highway trailhead. Tools will be provided.