The week of Sept. 13th is going to be a busy one on the Slocan Valley Rail Trail.
We will begin our Tree Thinning Project which will takeup to 7 working days mainly in Passmore, Winlaw and Crescent Valley. The Trail will be closed on the days the crew are in these areas, so be prepared to alter your route. Signs will be posted daily blocking the Trail where work is taking place.
A local contractor will be opening up the canopy where larger tree branches are blocking snow from reaching the Trail, limiting our winter grooming program. They will not be cutting down larger trees, but removing the limbs overhanging the Trail and leaving the tops (or crowns) intact. They will also be thinning smaller trees near the treadpath and cutting down dangerous and leaning trees. A Bucket Truck, chipper and three person crew will be undertaking this work. Funding from the Columbia Basin Trust Trail Enhancement Fund and the Community Initiative Program is making this project possible.
In other work news, a sloughing section of the Trail north of Winlaw will be closed on Tuesday, Sept. 14th where a geo-technical study will be undertaken.
As well, the Fibre Optic Project will be continuing. This CBBC funded project will find crews working primarily north of Winlaw to the Village of Slocan, installing conduit and fibre optic cable. People will be able to get through their work areas, but please use caution.