Friends of the Rossland Range directors Stewart Spooner

Friends of the Rossland Range need to raise $15,000

The Friends of the Rossland Range will need to raise at least $15,000 from the community to finish their Rossland Rec Site project.

The Friends of the Rossland Range will need to raise at least $15,000 from the community to finish their Rossland Rec Site project.

Kim Deane, FORR’s chair, shared the organization’s future financial goals at its annual general meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at the United Church Hall.

FORR has applied to the Lower Columbia Community Development Team Society’s Community Directed Funds (CDF) program for $50,000 to help complete the Rossland Range Rec Site project which includes demolishing 15 of the old shelters, putting up new signage, adding 30 parking spaces, upgrading trail access, restoring the Old Glory Forest Fire Lookout Station, and rebuilding or renovating nine shelters but even if FORR receives funding from the CDF, they will still need to raise the additional $15,000.

FORR already has $85,000 in confirmed funding from the Canada 150 Fund, $42,500 from Columbia Basin Trust, and $17,500 from Rec Sites & Trails, but none of that funding can be spent on the new cabins. This funding is intended to go toward everything else, including the restoration of the Old Glory lookout.

There is an additional $19,300 from Rec Sites & Trails for the cabins, and Kootenay Mountaineering Club donated $10,700 for the Lepsoe Basin cabin. Otherwise FORR has already raised $20,000 in donations.

Three of the old shelters have already been replaced with new cabins Mosquito, Viewpoint and the Lepsoe Basin cabin and Red Dog is currently under renovation.

Not-So-Secret, Surprise and Igloo could be done by the end of next summer, depending on how things go. A fourth cabin could also potentially be complete if they can decide which cabin to keep.

Barking Spider was supposed to be kept as a cabin, but now falls along a logging route, so the choice is between Eagle’s Nest, Sunspot and Crowe’s Nest.

Plans for the Old Glory lookout are also getting underway, and there will be a meeting at the United Church Hall on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

FORR members also voted to increase the maximum size of the board of directors at the meeting, increasing the maximum to 11.

Terms for the directors are two years and Troy Colautti, Bob Bechaud, Jen Colehill and Rejean Paquin still have another year to their terms. Colin Adamson, Max Bankes, Les Carter, Kim Deane, Gerry Heacock and Stewart Spooner were elected for two terms at the AGM, leaving one spot open.


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