What's New at SFGC?
New members at SFGC take a stroll on the nature trail this morning (July 14)
New Hatchery Sign
The Little Campbell Hatchery sign built many years ago had become a
safety hazard due to the rotting of the old timbers. A team of club volunteers
headed by Ron Meadley undertook the task of rebuilding the sign. Ron was
joined by club volunteers Dick Kent, Ron Kreba, Brian Lessimore, Archie
McNair, Robert MacRae, Phillip Milligan, Peter Reid, Dave Serguis,
Norman Taylor and Jim Wilkins. The new sign has been enhanced by the
addition of a salmon statue and lighting. The new sign has been enhanced
by the addition of a salmon statue and lighting.
Six benches have recently been placed around the 600 meter stretch of
the main nature trail. These will provide a resting point along the trail as
well as a comfortable spot to observe the spawning salmon, river otters,
beaver and mink that can be seen along the river. The metal frames were
provided by an old friend of the hatchery and former Department of
Fisheries and Oceans community representative - Joe Kambeitz.
The lumber was also donated to the club.
Main Bridge Repairs
We would like to thank the volunteers who planned and carried out the repairs
to the main bridge earlier this year under very inclement weather conditions.
The large timber vehicle bumper guards and handrails were replaced as well
as the light standards on both sides of the river. The volunteers included:
Peter Allanson, Pat Coffey, Dick Kent, Brian Lissimore, Robert MacRae,
Archie McNair, Norm taylor, Peter Reid, Matt Wassenmaar, Jim Wilkins,
Cole Eastman and Ron Meadley. Added thanks goes to: Jack Wood,
Archie McNair and Robert Jirava for the separate initiative to locate and
confirm the bridge loading weight. Many heavy trucks and bus drivers are
nervous or reluctant to cross the bridge without a clear understanding of
the loading weight. The bridge is now rated at 45,000 kg. A sign has been
posted on the bridge to this effect. The heavy timber vehicle bumper guards
were generously provided by Westform Construction Ltd.
Coho Pond Predator Net Support System
Bobby Oswald, hatchery manager and other hatchery volunteers have, over
the past few months, erected a new steel ssupport system for the predatory
net that covers the coho pond. Thirty two - 10 foot by 2.25 inch diameter steel
poles were cemented into the existing concrete walkwayat 10 foot intervals
around the pond. Additional 10 foot by 2 inch diameter steel poles and
mounting brackets were welded to the tops of the vertical pipes. The old
support systemc onsisting of six steel poles was inadequate to support the
weight of the new net. Special thanks to club member Geoff Nelson for
providing his welding services. The $4500.00 cost of materias was funded
through a generous grant from the Pacific Salmon Foundation.