A couple of notes about winter trails

In December the Castlegar News published a story informing citizens of the opportunities to recreate through the winter on trails managed by Castlegar Friends of Parks and Trails (‘Winter trails abound near Castlegar,’ Dec. 16) To supplement that article we would like to add a couple of comments.

In December the Castlegar News published a story informing citizens of the opportunities to recreate through the winter on trails managed by Castlegar Friends of Parks and Trails (‘Winter trails abound near Castlegar,’ Dec. 16) To supplement that article we would like to add a couple of comments.

Some trails — notably the canyon section of the Skattebo Reach Trail and the Brilliant Overlook Trail — are located in terrain that can pose dangers to users in winter months. The canyon section of the Skattebo Trail has been posted closed for this reason, it will reopen when conditions improve.

The Waldie Island Trail is popular in the winter and offers an excellent opportunity for a short winter walk. This trail is located immediately adjacent to a critically important heron wintering area and designated conservation area. The Waldie Island Heron Reserve supports wintering heron from throughout the West Kootenays. Users should minimize their potential to cause disturbance to these graceful birds, in particular by keeping dogs on leash at all times.

Lawrence Redfern

For the Castlegar Friends of Parks and Trails Society