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RDKB partners with BC Wildfire to clean up dead wood at Christina Lake Dog Park

This local dog is focused on retrieving something from Christina Lake, but she would likely be happy to know that the RDKB has partnered with the BC Wildfire Service to clear dangerous trees and accumulated deadfall from the Christina Lake Dog Park July 21 and 22. BC Wildfire crews will use the cleanup project as an opportunity for chainsaw training. — Submitted photo

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has entered into an agreement with the BC Wildfire Service authorizing use of the Christina Lake Dog Park at the south end of Swanson Road for chainsaw training to remove dangerous trees and accumulated deadfall on July 21 and 22.

 Crews will use the cleanup project to hone their manual falling and bucking skills for wildfire activity and to progress in the WorkSafeBC Faller Competency Program.

 “I would like to thank Christina Lake Stewardship Society board members Randy Gniewotta and Gary Shaw for connecting us with the BC Wildfire Service” said Paul Keys, Manager of Grand Forks and District Facilities and Recreation.

"It has also been great to connect with James Ritco, Wildfire Technician in the Boundary Fire Zone for BC Wildfire Service. He really was instrumental in helping to bring this project to fruition."

 “We were excited when the Christina Lake Stewardship Society approached us to partner on this project,” said James Ritco, Wildfire Technician with the BC Wildfire Service.

 "We looked at this as a great opportunity to safely increase our training capacity while also helping a local non-profit organization. It's a win-win for everyone involved."

“As Chair of the Christina Lake Recreation Commission I know all of our members are so pleased to see such a mutually beneficial project take place,” said Grace McGregor, Director, Electoral Area C/Christina Lake.

"Here in Christina Lake we love our dogs and we love our dog park more than ever during this pandemic when we need safe outdoor spaces to visit with our furry friends. Thanks to everyone who made this happen."

 Spotters will be on site to ensure no one accesses work areas during chainsaw activity and signs will be in place warning of work in progress.

 For more information about recreation opportunities in Christina Lake or the Grand Forks area, email GrandForksRec@rdkb.com or call 250-442-2202.