Take a tour of the building of the new trail in the park at:
Grizzly Bear by Gopher Creek.
Apparently there are more bears further up the mountain.
Maybe bring bear spray as a precaution when out hiking.
Ian Pooley, our illustrious founder and leader of Friends of Black Mountain steps down.
For four years, Ian has worked tenaciously to create a society whose mandate is to promote conservation, education and stewardship of this beautiful park.
He has initiated a pond study, applied for multiple grants to build trails through the grasslands and upper forest area. He has explored the mountain and led numerous hikes to different areas of the park and beyond. He has contributed historical photographs and articles to the newsletters. He has organized and spoken at our AGMs. He has initiated and supported our website and worked with the regional parks and the local schools to involve students in trail creation. He helped establish a bluebird trail along the western boundary of the park. Above all he has inspired others to move forward with activities that support the park. We will miss him greatly.
Ian will now spend more time with his passion for historical research. He currently has a research appointment with UBCO. We wish him well and thank him for his leadership and contributions to help make this park a jewel in the Central Okanagan.
Cathy MacKenzie of the Central Okanagan Regional District readies the equipment for another year of trail building with students from local high schools.