ACCESS TO RIDGEMONT MAY BE RESTRICTED OR CLOSED STARTING OCTOBER 9TH.
Logging to begin mid October.
Kids Stuff, Eric's Trail, Splitting Bears, Hessian, Bored to Tears, Split Decision and R-Trail. This area will be logged first, starting in mid October and 50-100 trees will be left standing per hectare. Numerous skid paths will cross the trails.
4 Corners area, Deadfall, Oh Dear, Faceshots, EVT-CDT, Stumpy, Ich Bin Sofa, Bridget Funda. This area will be logged after freeze up (Dec-Jan start) and 100-150 trees will be left standing per hectare. Numerous skid paths will cross the trails.
Wildlife Tree Patch & Reserve includes the following trails: Eco-Terrorist (all sections), Kiddy Up, WUD, Queen V, Broken Derailleur, Deadfall (south of 4 Corners) Brad's Gay Trail and some of Sidewinder. No logging in this area but some of the trails do border the other zones. The north end of this area comes just short of 4 Corners.
Logging will commence in mid October and there will be NO ACCESS to the property from this date forward until logging, wood chipping and cleanup is completed.
Ridgemont Road will remain open for logging trucks during this period but there will be no public access. 1000 truck loads of wood are expected to be removed from Ridgemont property. VAST has stated that all slash piles will be chipped and removed from the property. Machine Free Zone means that the mechanical machine will not enter that zone but the arm reach is 8 meters and harvestable wood will be removed. What this means is that our trails have a 8 meter MFZ around them but the arm will remove value wood trees without affecting the trails. Trees will be removed from the trails.
VAST (Pollyco) will be installing more signage and gates on most of the access points into Ridgemont stating its Private Property with NO ACCESS during this period of time. They state that there will be enforcement of this, the area is considered a Worksafe BC site.
This event will include a brief ribbon cutting ceremony and photos at 12 PM. Following the ceremony, hikers will be invited to carve their name or initials into a commemorative signpost that will remain on display on the trail. The Goldilocks Construction team of Megan Kelly, Marie-Helene Jodoin, Vickie Vanderpyl and Brenda Wright will conduct interpretive hikes explaining the trail building process and highlighting trail and terrain features. Hikers can make their way down to Island Lake Lodge after the interpretive hike, estimated departure at 3:00 PM. The Bear Lodge will be open on your return to the Lodge with some special Goldilocks Grand Opening Specials.
All hikers joining the event will need to provide their own food and beverage and dress appropriately for hiking in alpine terrain and changing weather conditions.
Should inclement weather cause a postponement of the event Island Lake will post a notification on the Facebook site at 8am on August 14, 2018. Hikers can also call the Guest Services desk at 778-519-8168 to get an update on the event.
Please note logging has commenced on New Roots. Please avoid this area until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation. The pink on the map is where logging is happening.