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With upwards of 30,000 cubic metres of debris brought down throughout the community in July’s windstorm, it has been a long process to clean up, and ensure the public safety of, the Rotary Trail and many other areas in the community.

The blow down area behind the campground and high schools which is also the site of the new Selkirk Connector Trail development remains probably the single largest area left to deal with in terms of clean up. Considerable damage was done in this area. There are a significant number of fir trees down and some additional trees that will need to come down to ensure public safety. In addition, professionals have also advised the Town of some forest health issues in that area – there is clear evidence of a fir beetle infestation.

“In the interest of a comprehensive clean up, and to ensure we are doing our due diligence for the taxpayer, Council made the decision to undertake a small-scale salvage harvest operation in the area,” says Town of Golden CAO Jon Wilsgard. “The intent is to protect and preserve the integrity of the trail, ensure public safety and provide a revenue source to offset the cost of the operation as the fibre will be sold locally.”

The Town has enlisted the help of local company Pioneer Forest Consulting Ltd to manage the project including enlisting local professionals as required for the safe removal of the trees and debris caused by the storm.

The project is anticipated to start the week of January 8, 2018 and continue until at least February. The contractor has assessed the hillside and identified other trees that need to be felled due to stability issues. The Town has been advised that the area behind the campground is anticipated to be closed for most of January. We will update the community as we receive information form our contractor.

There will be a large buffer area around the activity that goes on behind the schools in order to ensure public safety.

Variable logging methods will be used depending upon the terrain and final clean up may be a combination of controlled burns and chipping.

Contractors are confident that the area won’t resemble a cut block when cleanup is complete, but the texture of the area will certainly be changed.

“We will undertake rehabilitation measures to address the visual impacts left by the salvage operation,” says Wilsgard.

We ask that the community not enter any marked areas as they are officially closed and remain unsafe at this time.