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.
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 timber frame sign valued at $20,000
Revelstoke Community Foundation grant $2,280
RCU grant $1,800
Other individuals and businesses that donated time, materials and equipment:
City of Revelstoke
Ward Kemerer led the project, including repairing, rebuilding and installing of the sign with the help of Don Pegues.
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.