Logging cleanup expected to get underway on impacted bike trails

Several topics are expected to be up for discussion tonight, April 5, at the Williams Lake Cycling Club’s annual general meeting.

Several topics are expected to be up for discussion tonight, April 5, at the Williams Lake Cycling Club’s annual general meeting.

The meeting, which will take place starting at 6:15 p.m. at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre, will be used to hold executive elections and also touch on winter logging activity and the closure of the Fox Mountain trails, Aflow and Mitch’s Brew.

In preparation for the riding season, WLCC president Shawn Lewis said initial reports suggest winter log-harvesting activity has left a mess on local trails, however, he warns riders not to panic.

“Prior to harvesting, the WLCC sat down with industry and made arrangements for them to deal with the cleanup, maintenance and rebuilding, if necessary, post harvest,” Lewis said. “With the late thaw, the work has been delayed and as per an extension of their agreement, they have until April 15 to get crews on the ground and the trails cleared.”

He added it is the responsibility of the logging contractors to do the work and they are obligated to do so.

“If, after that date, you find areas that have been negatively impacted and not cleared please send the WLCC an e-mail and I will forward it to rec sites and trails for further investigation,” he said.

Lewis is encouraging anyone interested to attend the meeting, which will also discuss last year’s efforts and briefly touch upon any upcoming events.

“We will not get into new club business at this meeting,” he said.

Lewis added in an attempt to tidy up the club’s contact list regarding receiving information about club activities, anyone interested will now need to register by going to wlcc.spruceregistrations.com or by visiting one of the local bike shops — Barking Spider or Red Shred’s.

On another note, the WLCC is advising riders to avoid using the Fox Mountain trails, Aflow and Mitch’s Brew, as they are on private property.

The club is currently working to reroute the trails through the Signal Point Gaming property and expects its completion near the end of April.

For more on the WLCC visit www.ridethecariboo.ca.