New sign raises awareness for Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society

Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society members and supporters gathered on Oct. 15 to commemorate a new sign at the recreational greenspace on the banks of the Illecillewaet River.

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Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society members and supporters gathered on Oct. 15 to commemorate the construction of a new sign at the entrance to the greenspace. Pictured from left: Pam Doyle and Dave Raven, Revelstoke Credit Union directors; Barb Kemerer, Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society secretary; Barry Urquhart, volunteer; Ward Kemerer, Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society president; Bill Beard, Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society director; Louisa Fleming, Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society director; Heather Abbott, Revelstoke Community Foundation; Lorraine Beruchi, Director, Revelstoke Community Foundation; Chris Miller Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society director. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

On Oct. 15, members of the Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society and supporters gathered to commemorate the completion of a grand new sign at the prominent entrance to the 22-acre parcel of land stewarded by the local conservation group.

The large timber-frame sign was built over the summer and serves as an entrance and a reminder of the society’s efforts to protect and serve the area, which features walking paths in the forest, and summer and winter activities.

A closer look: Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society members and supporters gathered on Oct. 15 to commemorate the construction of a new sign at the entrance to the greenspace. Pictured from left: Pam Doyle and Dave Raven, Revelstoke Credit Union directors; Barb Kemerer, Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society secretary; Barry Urquhart, volunteer; Ward Kemerer, Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society president; Bill Beard, Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society director; Louisa Fleming, Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society director; Heather Abbott, Revelstoke Community Foundation; Lorraine Beruchi, Director, Revelstoke Community Foundation; Chris Miller Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society director. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

Volunteers do summer trail maintenance on the Revelstoke Illecillewaet Greenbelt, including mowing and brushing pathways in the grass, building bridges over streams and flooded areas, and maintaining trail tread is an ongoing effort. In addition, the society works on projects to conserve wildlife habitat such as installing bat boxes and osprey nest areas.

In winter, volunteers use an electric trail grooming machine to pack down the snow, which is used for skiing, walking, running and fat-biking.

The society also takes on projects to remove invasive species and preserve and restore habitats.

Contributors to the Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society sign project:

Drew and Kathie Parkhill donated the sign. They were not available for the group photo, but are pictured here earlier. Photo: Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society

Drew and Kathie Parkhill donated the timber frame sign valued at $20,000
Revelstoke Community Foundation grant $2,280
RCU grant $1,800
Alpine Crane
Roocan Fabrication
Signs Inc.
Other individuals and businesses that donated time, materials and equipment:
City of Revelstoke
Absolute Construction
H&J Readymix
Ward Kemerer led the project, including repairing, rebuilding and installing of the sign with the help of Don Pegues.
Barry Urquart
Greg McMillan
Kevin Weese
Bernard Ehmann

The society is planning to add a large trail map to the bottom part of the sign in the future.

For more on the Illeciellewaet Greenbelt Society, see their website here.