Restoration of Trails Willmore Willmore Wilderness Park in 2014
The Willmore Wilderness Foundation spent forty days in 2014 clearing trail in the western portion of Willmore Wilderness Park. Elder Tom Wanyandie and Bazil Leonard, long–time outfitter mentored the youth involved in the trail clearing initiatives.
A total of 127 km of trail were cleared in Improvement District #25 aka Willmore Wilderness Park in 2014. A lot of hard and dirty work was needed for restoration and development to keep the trails open and improve the infrastructure of Willmore Wilderness Park. Some of the initiatives included:
- Rehabilitation of the main Smoky River trail from the Sulphur Gates Staging Area to the Muddy Water River.
– 15 km of moderate clearing required.
- Clearing the Muddy Water to Boulder Creek Trail through the 2002 burn.
– 20 km of heavy clearing. Lots of downed burnt timber from the winter winds.
- Restoration of Boulder Creek Trail to the confluence of the Jackpine River and Bazil Creek.
– 20 km of moderate clearing completed.
- Restoration from the confluence of Bazil Creek to Ptarmigan Lake through the 2009 burn.
– 12 km of heavy clearing through the burn to Pauline Creek with lots of downed burnt timber. Moderate clearing from Pauline Creek to Ptarmigan Lake.
- Restoration from the mouth of Bazil Creek to the avalanche area, which is the beginning of the tree line on the trail to Morkill Pass.
– 10 km of heavy clearing around the muskegs with a lot of downed timber.
- Restoration from the mouth of Bazil Creek on the south side of the Jackpine River to Fox Lake.
– 12 km of moderate clearing completed.
- Restoration from the Muddy Water River to Sheep Creek Cabin.
– 28 km of moderate clearing completed.
- Restoration from the mouth of Sheep Creek Cabin to the mouth of Cote Creek through the 2009 burn.
– 10 km of heavy clearing with lots of downed burnt timber. Lots of cutting through very old burnt trees with large diameters.
- TOTAL = 127 KM
After the 2014 trail-clearing initiative was completed, an early heavy snow came and flattened a lot of the trees over the trails that were just cleared. We managed to get out and clear to the Muddy Water River, but there will be lots of trail to restore next spring.
• To restore historic trails which have been in neglect. For example to do rehabilitation of the trails on the upper Smoky River to link the Willmore Wilderness trails to those of Jasper National Park.
• To GPS trail network.
• To provide the public up-to-date information and education about the Park, utilizing the Willmore Wilderness Foundation office at 4600 Pine Plaza, in Grande Cache.
• Create mapping of the trail network which can be downloaded from the website.
• Restoring traditional campgrounds
• To designate local historic sites
• To identify gravesites
• To identify old trappers’ cabins
• To identify historic campsite areas
• To identify dangerous fordings of river crossings
• To identify historical areas
• To put up professional signage in the Park to enhance visitor safety and appreciation of the Park.
• To develop an interpretive signage program
• To create educational multimedia to improve citizen awareness about the Park.