Greenbelt lands of the 108 Mile Ranch community are used in much the same manner as a public park. Comprising more than 1,500 acres, these community park lands generally cover the lake shore lands and grazing lands located immediately adjacent to the 108 Mile community. They are funded through a combination of a levy of $10 per parcel and revenue generated by pasture rental fees.
Land Use Restrictions. The Greenbelt lands were established for the enjoyment of area residents with little modification to their natural state. During the summer, cattle are allowed to graze to ensure the grass remains at a stable level and prevent wildfires. Walking and pedal biking are permitted on the trail system, as they have little impact on the land. However, motorized vehicles, such as ATV’s, dirt bikes, and trucks, are not allowed at any time. In addition, hunting is prohibited. You can contact the Greenbelt Commission by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE GREENBELT LANDS
The Greenbelt lands of the 108 Mile Ranch community are one of our most precious resources. Comprising of more than 1500 acres these community park lands 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.
When is Greenbelt not greenbelt? When it is private property. Last week several residents got quite upset when a property owner started to construct a fence across the pipe line. There are portions of the gas line that are private property, and the owners have every right to put up a fence. The Greenbelt Commission is fortunate enough in this case – we have access around through the forest and a new trail is being constructed to bypass the private property. There are many trails that cross private lots and folks have used them for may years, but that doesn’t change the fact it’s private property. One day the owner may wish to build a house and fence his property. There are many fences that were erected in the wrong place and as the 108 continues to develop this will become more of an issue.
Other matters. The knapweed was sprayed again in the valley and this year along the pipeline between the two Block drives. Canada thistle was also targeted and some spraying was done in the horse pasture. Sepa bridge is scheduled for an upgrade this fall. The deck will be replaced with a new and wider surface which will match the other two bridges.
A grassland management plan is being developed for the Walker Valley and the two horse pastures. This will ensure that the best environmentally-friendly practices are conducted and the many interests are being protected. The grass was again cut around the lake trails and many positive comments have been made as to how much nicer it looks and that it is easier to use. One other project being considered is a loop trail around Walker Valley. ATV’s, motorcycles and now golf carts have been using the trails. I would like to remind everyone that no (unauthorized) motorized vehicles, except snowmobiles, are allowed on the greenbelt.
Bridge between Sepa and 108 lakes
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108 GREENBELT COMMISSION
- Chair: Ron Soeder, 250 791 5752
- Chris Betuzzi
- Herb Carter
- Andrew Cuthbertson
- Robbin Edwards
- Maggie Griffiths
- Dan Jackson
- Liz Jones
- Robin Nadin
- Barry Porter
- Al Richmond
- Don White
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