Universal Boardwalk Update – January 16, 2012

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Construction went well again this past year and it looks like the most challenging terrain is behind rather than ahead of us. It was necessary to re-route the boardwalk in places in order to maintain a level surface for wheelchair travel, and work began on a 26 foot span bridge to overcome a wide deep gully. Also, to make the entrance to the boardwalk more accessible from the parking area, and prevent the entrance from becoming boxed in from vehicles, it was necessary to extend the boardwalk about 76 meters further than originally planned.

In order to expedite the final section which will span the entire width of the parking area, a contractor will excavate the route which will make the building of the lumber foundations so much easier and faster to do.

Our sponsors have been a source of support throughout, and we would like to acknowledge them all:

  • Recreation Sites & Trails B.C.
  • TD Bank – Friends of the Environment Foundation
  • Prince George Community Foundation
  • Integris Credit Union
  • Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation/Public Conservation Assistance Fund
  • Downtown Rotary Club of Prince George
  • University of Northern British Columbia
  • McBride Community Forest Corporation
  • Katimavik
  • Visitors to the Ancient Forest Trail
  • Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Club members

Thanks to all for helping to transform a vision into a reality; all the generosity and faith in this project will provide the means for those in wheelchairs and others with mobility challenges to experience a very special place.

As you may know the area in and around the Ancient Forest is a type of rainforest that is unique in the world: the Universal Boardwalk that will invite and include all visitors will also be unique.

Some key stats about the work done so far:

  • Final work day for 2011 – December 1st
  • 120 meters of boardwalk completed.
  • 336 meters remain to complete the total 456 meter boardwalk in 2012.
  • Lumber in stock to build 200 meters.
  • 22,000 kilometres travelled 2010 &2011 (includes 8000 km over 6 weeks in 2011 with Katimavik volunteers – 100 hours of travel time).
  • 67 volunteers worked on the project in 2011.
  • Total grants, direct purchases by provincial partner, cash donations and In Kind contributions (2010 & 2011): $63,374.00
  • In addition: 2,226 volunteer hours ($22,260.00) by Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Club members and other Friends of the Ancient Forest (2010 & 2011).
  • Total costs: $85,634.00

Thank-you,

Nowell Senior