May 24th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 21
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23rd Annual Ed Gregor Memorial Stewardship Day
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Ed Gregor Memorial Day Cleanup Crew
ANNA KROUPINA
Herald Contributor
June 3, 2017 marks the 23rd anniversary of Ed Gregor Memorial Stewardship Day, the event where community members and organizations share some TLC with the forests and green spaces in Crowsnest Pass. This is the longest standing volunteer stewardship day in Canada. It was created in conjunction with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (ASRD) when the Crowsnest Forest Stewardship Society (CFSS) was formed.

On this day, community members and clubs come together to help maintain the land that they get to recreate and live in by doing a number of projects to keep the Crowsnest Forest healthy, sustainable and looking beautiful. It is also a great opportunity for all, including youth, to develop an appreciation and respect for this special place.

There is a tremendous amount of effort put into the organization and coordination of this event, which to date has produced over 1.5 million in donated volunteer hours, donated equipment and supplies by over 4,000 volunteers. This includes trail maintenance, reclamation and repair, walkways, benches, signs and kiosks, random campsite and backcountry cleanup, and other upgrades.
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Thousands of kilometres of roadsides and forestry trails have been cleaned up, with over 45 tonnes of garbage collected. With every year there is a noticeable improvement in the areas, with less garbage to find.

A range of trails, from walking, OHV and equestrian, have benefited from the Society’s volunteer work in the past, and volunteers have installed numerous bridges that help protect habitats. Approximately 10,000 tree seedlings have been planted in the C-5 forest.

The CFSS has worked closely with all local government agencies, all user groups and many other volunteer organizations to develop this day into a huge asset in keeping this area beautiful.

This year’s Stewardship Day on June 3 starts with a gathering of volunteers in the morning at the Crowsnest Ice Sports Complex (Coleman) where everyone gets a hearty free breakfast. Breakfast starts at 8:00 a.m. Afterwards, people divide into groups and disperse to a number of locations for a variety of projects.

Some of the projects planned for this year’s CFSS Stewardship Day include bench building at Chinook Lake, bee box building, Crowsnest Conservation Society riverbank cleanup, fire pit installation at Miners Path and various trail and forest cleanups.
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Several of the organizations that will be participating this year include: CNP Nordic, Crowsnest Pass Quad Squad, Crow Snow Riders, Hillcrest Fish and Game Society, United Riders of Crowsnest, 1st Crowsnest Scouts, Crowsnest Conservation Society and Crowsnest Forest Kids.

Projects are a great opportunity for groups, families and all ages, including very young, to participate. It is a great event to meet others that truly care about the Crowsnest Forest.

After working on the project, to finish off the day at 4:00, everyone returns to the Sports Complex to enjoy a hot supper and check their draw tickets for participating. In addition, there are tons of other prizes given out to participants.

The hard working volunteer executive of CFSS invites everyone that lives or recreates in the C-5 Forest to come out and show the pride and caring you have for these lands that surround us. It seems like the eyes of the world are on this corner of the province, so now is the time to show that you really care for the gift of our public lands.

CFSS thanks all sponsors for their support over the past 23 years, as well as all the volunteers for making the event such a success.

For more information call 403-628-2447 or visit the Crowsnest Forest Stewardship Society website at www.crowsnestforest.org
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