Newsletter, Spring 2019

SPRING NEWSLETTER

Misty Morning, Bridge Lake

After a colder February than usual, it seems Spring is here. The snow has almost all gone, and the ice is grey on Bridge Lake, so open water is not far away. A burn ban has already been imposed by the Cariboo Fire Centre for category 3 fires (larger than 2m high and 3m wide) on Monday 15th April - the first one in the province.

Following the news that Rainbow/Heritage island has finally been added to the Provincial Park, we are trying to find out B.C. Parks' intentions for putting the recently revised Management Plan into practice: in particular, whether there is a budget this year for improvements in access, signage, the swimming beach, and other matters that were raised in our comments on the Plan at draft stage.

Many local people have expressed a wish to see the name of the island revert to Rainbow Island as it used to be called before the proposal to build houses on it arose 10 years ago. (The name “Heritage” was invented by the promoter). We are asking BC Parks that the original name be used on maps, in literature about the park, and in the Gazette of official Provincial placenames. We will keep you informed of any response or developments.

In the near future, we will be planning our Speaker Series for this summer. If there is a topic you would like to be included in the program for this year, please contact us.

We have been approached by the Invasive Species Council for B.C. to work with them on a pilot program to eradicate Yellow Flag Iris from the lake. We hope to work on four sites around the lake, starting on May 21st. If anyone is interested in volunteering for this project, please let us know. It would involve three or four sessions of about 2-3 hours work and further details can be sent to volunteers.

As usual, membership renewals are due in April, and a renewal form can be found here. We hope we can count on your continued support - thank you.

Chris Lance (President)

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