Tickets available now!

 

Fall table setting for Thanksgiving dinner on rustic wooden table with yellow maple leaves.Tickets for our 2017 Fall Banquet on October 15th are now available at Lotus Books in Cranbrook, across from City Hall. CASH ONLY please. RSVP is September 29th, 2017.

Hope to see you there!

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The ban has been lifted…

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…at least for some areas. Please click HERE for more information about the backcountry closure update provided by the RDEK.

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2017 Fall Banquet and Slideshow

“Man can not discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore”
André Gide – French author

The East Kootenay Outdoor Club is hosting this years “End of Season Fall Banquet” at Auntie Barb’s Bakery. The icing on the cake will be a slideshow presentation with Kimberley based nature photographer Lyle Grisedale.

Landscape photography workshop, Bugaboos, BC, Canada

Let’s treat ourselves for another year of hiking-extravaganza!

When: Sunday, October 15th, 2017

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Where: Aunt Barb’s Bakery, 217 Cranbrook St. N, Cranbrook BC (across from the Ktunaxa Gov’t Building)

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Doors open at 5:30pm, Dinner at 6:00pm
followed by slideshow presentation of nature photographer Lyle Grisedale

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Please RSVP by September 29th, 2017

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Tickets adults: $20 (already includes tax & gratuity)
Tickets youth (6-13yrs): $10 (already includes tax & gratuity)

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For RSVP & payment contact Margaret Lindsay
Phone: +1-250-489-1795
Email: dobleswan@gmail.com

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Backcountry closed in East Kootenay region

Backcountry closed in East Kootenay region

 

In the interest of public safety, effective at 1 pm Mountain Time on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, all Crown land within the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District is closed to public access due to the extreme fire danger rating, the number of unprecedented aggressive wildfires throughout the region and moderate winds forecasted over the next few days.

This includes the area around Cranbrook, Kimberley, Moyie, the Elk Valley and Columbia Valley.

The area restriction order means that a person must not remain in or enter the restricted area without the prior written authorization of an official designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person enters the area in the course of:

* travelling to or from his or her residence, that is not under an evacuation order;
* using a highway as defined in the Transportation Act;
* travelling as a person acting in an official capacity;
* travelling for the purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities.

A map of the affected area is available online.

Smoky conditions may persist in the coming weeks. For information on air quality, as well as smoke forecasts for Western Canada, visit the BC Air Quality website.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit www.bcwildfire.ca

From the BC Wildfire Service

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BC Goes Wild!

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September 2, 2017 · 9:48 am

2017 Wetlands Institute

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Dear Wetland Enthusiasts,
Are you involved in a wetland project?  The Wetlands Institute workshop is only one month away (September 23-29th) hosted in the picturesque East Kootenays.  Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to receive some exceptional training.
In addition to hands on restoration with restoration specialist Tom Biebighauser, the a draft of some of the speakers and topics include:
 
·         Watershed Level Wetland Processes (Dr. Suzanne Bailey, University of Alberta)
·         Amphibians: Northern Leopard Frog Reintroduction, Restoration considerations (Dr. Penny Ohanjanian, Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Team)
·         Painted Turtles: Biology, Restoration considerations (Jakob Dulisse, Consultant)
·         Beaver Management (TBA)
·         Waterfowl: Identification, the Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey (Rachel Darvill, Goldeneye Ecological Consulting)
·         Plant Identification (TBA)
·         Grant Writing (Neil Fletcher, BCWF)
·         Wetland Restoration Techniques (Tom Biebighauser, Wetland Restoration and Training)
 

More topics and speakers to be announced once confirmed. Three unique restoration projects will take place: restoring a cattle impacted groundwater wetland, a repairing a failing surface water wetland, and installing an artificial liner wetland.

As a reminder, the workshop is FREE for BC residents (minus meals and accommodations – optional packages available) and partial attendance will be considered for those with strong applications. More information and the application page can be found here: https://2017wetlandsinstitute.eventbrite.ca

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Fisher Peak

The road up Mause Creek is in ok shape. A high-clearance vehicle is still highly recommended. It was a calm and warm day up Fisher. The little lakes at the tarns still had water left and we were able to hear the underground creek up the first slope. Picking goose-, rasp- and thimbleberries as we climbed thru the steep woods. A cell-phone was lost on the way down and a posted note at the trailhead reminded fellow hikers to look out for the device. It was recovered the next day by another group of eager hikers – thank you!

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