Roundtable updated on Goldfield explorations

John Hertel from Goldfield Canada Exploration was the guest speaker at the Horsefly River Roundtable meeting June 16.

John Hertel from Goldfield Canada Exploration was the guest speaker at the Horsefly River Roundtable meeting June 16.Goldfield Mining is the fifth largest mining company in the world, and has been in business for 120 years. It is currently core sampling the Woodjam mountain area, with some decent results, which will seriously be evaluated this fall when they are preparing the budget forecast for 2012.Hertel gave Goldfield’s policy on safety, local business development and partnerships. Of most interest was its environmental policy, which indicates excellent foresight and planning. Already it has 10 water sampling locations, and two hydrometric stations recording information which will be used or not used, depending on whether the company (Goldfields) decides to move to another stage in development. As well, it is currently building a meteorological station.It leaves the area as it finds it when they relocate a drill site. It was a very reassuring presentation from an environmental standpoint, in that it is leaving no marked imprint at this time.Hertel assured us that Goldfields has a very open-door policy regarding site tours.People can get in touch with him at his workplace in Clarke’s compound in Horsefly.I (Bruce MacLeod) gave a report on the Measuring up the North Initiative Award of Excellence 2011 for a community under 5,000 population which was presented to the roundtable chair Maureen LeBourdais and me by Area F director Joan Sorely at a Cariboo Regional District board meeting on June 7.The award was for the improvement to the Salmon Nature Trail along the spawning channel in regards to accessibility, and will be displayed at the Horsefly Library.Work is progressing on securing the final funding for the commemorative cairn at Horsefly Lake Park, with plans for an unveiling on July 16 to coincide with B.C. Parks 100th anniversary.  Heather Gorrell, B.C. Parks Area Supervisor for our area was present and gave an enthusiastic endorsement of the project. There will be a birthday cake at 1 p.m. on July 16 for sure.The Salmon Festival was discussed, and it was decided to meet all summer instead of taking the usual break.  There is too much going on such as the reclassification of the Horsefly River with a Fisheries Sensitive Designation.  There will be public meetings on this issue.  We will need river interpreters for our Salmon Festival being held on Sept. 3 and 4 this year.  DFO representative Roy Argue will be doing a training session at a time to be announced later. There is Agriculture Vulnerability Mapping to conduct as well as install the outhouse at the park location before the Art’s on the Fly show in early July, so we have to keep on top of all these items as well as develop ongoing strategy for future doable projects that will have a positive impact on the community.Ernie Gruhs reported he has repaired the board walk which had been reported as damaged by motorcyclists, whereas in fact, a support under the structure had failed.  Ernie jacked the walkway up, repaired the break, put a shim in, and the walkway is now operational. I extend sincere apologies to all motorcyclists whom I may have inadvertently offended, and many thanks to Ernie.We have hired a local person to maintain the cleanliness of our outhouse in the park across the bridge, and the tree pruning that was not completed last year will be completed very soon, according to Judy Hillaby. The election of directors took place with Maureen LeBourdais once more volunteering to be our chairperson, accompanied by Brian Englund, Ernie Gruhs, Linda Bartsch, Ray LeBourdais, Barry Booth and myself as directors of the society.The next meeting of the Roundtable will take place at the Horsefly Library on Thursday July 21 at 7 p.m.

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