Map © Joy Silk
The Greenbelt lands of the 108 Mile Ranch community are one of our most precious resources. Comprising of more than 1500 acres these community parklands include 108 and Sepa Lakes, Walker Valley and many small patches scattered around the ranch.
These lands are for all our pleasure - but with pleasure comes the responsibility for maintaining the land in its natural state. This means that the mix of forest, grasslands and wetlands has to remain relatively constant. During the summer, cattle are allowed to graze to ensure the grass does not get out of hand and lead to wildfire. It also means that motorized vehicles (ATV's, dirt bikes, trucks etc.) are not allowed. These vehicles tear up the land such that it takes generations for the natural vegetation to recover.
The Cariboo Regional District administers the lands for us, as our community does not have the same standing as a municipality. The funding to do work required, such as fencing and trail maintenance comes from a $10 parcel tax.
Walking or biking (the pedal variety) is permitted as they have little impact on the land. The total area is off limits to hunting. This is the place to hunt with your camera!
Our community's relationship with nature is unique in the province - use it but don't abuse it.
Greenbelt Update - Graham Allison (May 2004)
The Greenbelt Commission has been very busy these last few months. At the main beach two outhouses were replaced and the two old ones were installed at Sepa and Stewart beaches. These are all sitting on tanks that can be pumped out as required.
Lower tree limbs were removed in the treed area at the corner of Block Drive and Gloinnzun Drive. This was to reduce the fire hazard and now local horseback riders are riding through this area.
Walker Valley. Photo Walt Sherry
Three separate areas were selectively harvested to remove mountain pine beetle infested trees and the funds generated covered the cost of cleaning up.
The treed patch in the Block drive pasture still remains, however it's mostly Aspen now. With the pine removed, it's more open and horses are able to use this area for grazing and shelter from the sun.
The second area behind the Eazsee Drive pump house and extending behind the properties along Eazsee Drive was also selectively harvested. This was the biggest area and it now is partially contained with permanent fence. Walk-through gates have been installed to allow pedestrian traffic to continue. Monical's cows will be allowed to graze this area to reduce the fire hazard.
The third area is south of Scotty's complex on Eazsee Drive. This was machine-piled and these piles will be burned in the fall. The Boy Scouts, PSO basketball team, local workers and the 108 Fire department all helped to pile and/or burn the logging waste in the other two areas. We are looking at a couple of other areas to graze to help reduce the fire hazard, however fencing is required.
The chain gate to the West beach was replaced with a metal gate to help reduce vehicle traffic and a culvert was placed across from West beach to allow better access for the fire trucks.
Again, for the summer, the pastures are filled with horses from 108 residents. Their grazing will help reduce the fire hazard.
Many local residents who are concerned about greenbelt fire hazard have obtained permission to remove dead, downed wood and lower tree limbs.
Remember that no fires are allowed on the greenbelt land so, if you see one, please call the Fire department at 791-5252.
Perhaps the best strategy to prevent a fire in the 108 is to go talk to all your neighbours who have children who like to play in the greenbelt and explain the dangers of playing with matches.
See also Community News for updates on Greenbelt activities.
Tree Book - Online Information about trees and the BC context.
108 GREENBELT COMMISSION (as at Feb., 2004):
- Chair: Graham Allison 791-1977
- Vice Chair / Pasture Manager: Ron Soeder
- Treasurer: Linda Peterson
- CRD Director: Al Richmond
- Mike Broadworth
- Robbin Edwards
- Sandy Foster
- Robin Nadin
- Barney Pallen
- Geordie Patterson
Meetings: Second Monday of the month at 7:30 pm in the Lions Den, downstairs in the community hall
- Fire Hazard Map [PDF - 580k]
- 108 Mile/Sepa Lakes & Their Watershed - BC Lakes Stewardship Society. [PDF - 2.3MB]
- 108 Lake News
- BCLSS Loonie News - A monthly newsletter from the BC Lake Stewardship Society (pdf - 43k)
- BC Lake Stewardship Society - Furthering Lake Stewardship Through Communication and Education
- Greenbelt Committee Minutes 1996 to present
- Noxious weeds: pictures and descriptions
- Henry Block's Speech to the 108 Community Sept 29, 2001 [PDF- 13k]
- Heli-logging in Walker Valley - text and pictures
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