Crowsnest River Lease and Stream Watch
Lease update . . .
Clive Schaupmeyer/Oldman Communication. Ltd. home page links
July 9, 2003
We have received several compliments about the efforts of the Oldman Chapter to acquire the lease and help preserve the area. Thanks to everyone who has pitched in and helped. We've also been ask, "Where is it?' The property is about 3 km west of the Hwy. 507 bridge.
July 7, 2003
On Saturday July 5, 2003, twelve TU members and others worked on the Oldman TU lease property along the Crowsnest River. The remainder of the redundant fencing was picked up and garbage was removed from the main pasture. There are a few noxious weeds in the property: blue weed, ox-eye daisy, tansy, toadflax and others. Some of the crew pulled and dug these, although further effort will be required.
The next lease work day is TBA . . . may be a while. If you are interested, and want to be kept "in the loop," please email me. (Click here.)Thank you,
CliveFuture plans include reconstruction of a protective fence around some of the main pasture area and continued removal of noxious weeds.
Pictured below are:
Back row: Lee Hart, Mike Lamb, Robert Garnier, Gary Larson, Richard (granola bar) Burke and Shelley Barkley.
Sitting: Joe (Jokey) Belohorec, Blair Spence and Nigel (witness protection) Seymour.
Missing (and presumed fishing): Murray (can a banker really fish?) Brown, Andrew Gustavson, Hal Nummi and Clive.
Some dedicated folks here...Thanks to all...especially Nigel and Shelley who drove from Brooks to help out. And Joe Belohorec came all the way from Edmonton, although he had other reasons as well. (See below.)
THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED!Some of the fencing wire and general garbage removed. . . how does a 100-pound grader tire get in the middle of a 20-acre pasture?
Joe with one of the "other reasons."Top of page
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On June 7, 2003, five TU members (from the Lethbridge, Coaldale and The Crowsnest Pass) worked at the Oldman Chapter lease property on the Crowsnest River. The property is west of Burmis Lake, upstream from the "silver" [private] bridge.
The crew removed approximately 600 meters of redundant two- and three-strand barbed wired and fence posts. There is more work to do at the lease!
Many thanks to Richard, Blaine, Blair and Mike for their hard work and support of the lease project.
Also that weekend, Clive and Willie Schaupmeyer put up 30 Stream Watch signs along the Crowsnest River between the reservoir and the East Hillcrest Bridge.
Thanks again to every one who helped!
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Crowsnest River Lease
A well-deserved (brief!) rest for Richard, Blaine, Blair and Mike.
(The morel was great!! Inside story.)
Below, Blair picks up some of the tangled, rusted wire. The existing fence was useless as about half of it was on the ground.
One truckload of barbed wire. More piles of wire have to be removed and there are about 500 meters of fencing yet to be taken out.
Below is the main sign at the east end of the lease property, just east the silver bridge. Special thanks to ACA and the TD Friends of the Environment for helping fund this project.
This is the view from the "silver" bridge at the very east end of the lease. That is Turtle Mountain in the background.
The lease property is open to the public for hiking, educational programs, fishing and photography--any legitimate low-impact outdoor activity. However, one of the terms of the lease of this "crown" land is that there be no vehicle access.
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Crowsnest Stream Watch Signage
In addition to the lease activities this weekend, thirty Stream Watch signs were placed along the Crowsnest River at key access points between the reservoir (at the lower end of the Crowsnest River) and the East Hillcrest Bridge. About 30 more signs are to be placed between the East Hillcrest Bridge and Crowsnest lake, where the river starts.
This is Willie at the Todd Creek day-use area.
Coaldale, Alberta, Canada
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