After a significant amount of storm damage earlier this month, the trails sure needed some help. And of course, Fernie came to the rescue.

A big thanks to all the volunteers that have been busy clearing blow-down from the trails following the recent storm.

FTA crews have been assessing trails for damage and have observed significant issues across the entire network. Unfortunately, several trails in the Fernie Ridge, Coal Creek, Castle Mountain and Morrissey areas have been severely impacted, including CDT, TR3, Contra, CCHT, Roots, Snoop Lion and Smooth Salamander.

Flooding has caused bridges to be damaged or destroyed, and banks to slump. It ripped culverts out, made extensive ruts form, and gouged across trails so deeply that new bridges are needed. Strong winds combined with saturated ground brought down lots of trees and many root ball holes have damaged trail treads.

“We will be planning the repairs and looking for funding over the winter, with the aim of starting strong on the repairs in the spring.”

“The impact to the trails is pretty massive, but for now our thoughts go out to those whose homes and livelihoods were affected by the flooding, both locally and Provincially,” says Ben Martin, FTA Trails Manager.

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