150 fallen trees cleared

It was one last effort before the winter arrives for good.

Members of the North Okanagan Cycling Society (NOCS) and the Kalamalka Running and Triathlon Sports (Kal RATS) joined forces last weekend to clear fallen trees from the trail network in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.

“In the past month, members of both user groups have cleared over 150 trees that were obstructing the trails,” said Gerry Naito, president of Kal RATS. “We first approached NOCS after finding all of the fallen trees because they have certified chainsaw operators and the proper permits."

The big effort means trail users will be able to travel the area untrammeled throughout the winter months. In the winter, cyclists, runners, snowshoers and cross-country skiers take advantage of the many kilometres of trail available at the park.

“We have seen support from Kal RATS in our trail days earlier this season, and we were happy to hear their proposal for focused combination trail day to clear the many trees that came down this fall in Kal Park.” said Dan Poulin, NOCS president. “We share similar passions for getting outdoors and the same trails, we look forward to continuing work with Kal RATS and other local trail users in the future.”

NOCS has more than 700 mountain biking members and has documented over 3,500 hours of volunteer labour this year.

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