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Ranching company pleased with Farwell public access
A Good Friday trip to Farwell Canyon left Douglas Lake Cattle Company’s manager pleased with how neat and tidy it was.
“I picked up a little bit of garbage at the first lookout and noticed only one beer can by the sand dunes,” Joe Gardner told the Tribune Monday. “It’s not as bad as it used to be and there was less damage to the grasslands so maybe the way the signs are worded are working.”
The company finalized the purchase of Cotton and Deer Park Ranches at the end of 2015. Since then the company has made an effort to encourage users of the Farwell Canyon area — which is deeded land down to the Chilcotin River and includes the dunes— to respect it.
As for mountain biking, Gardner said if people are using existing trails that is OK.
“We just don’t want people tearing up grassland or making a new trail,” he added. “If they are respecting our land we don’t have a problem with it.”
Gang Ranch, he said, owns the land on the other side of the river where the old Pothole Ranch was located.
According to Kamloops This Week, the conclusion of a court case involving the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club suing Douglas Lake Cattle Company for the public’s right to fish two lakes near Merritt is awaiting a site visit to the lakes by the judge in May.