President’s Report

May 2010

Well, it looks like winter has come and gone again and we are now able to get into spring and summer activities.

The Friends were busy during the winter months conducting a hunter survey for the Blackfoot (Wildlife Management Unit 936), hosting Hot Chocolate Sundays, helping at the Canadian Birkebeiner, and participating at the Edmonton Boat & Sportsmen’s Show.

We have also been doggedly working on our Forest Fire Lookout Tower Project and are now at the point where we hope to have the completed plan within the next couple of weeks. This has been a lengthy and somewhat frustrating procedure.

(Post script Feb-2011 … the Fire Tower is now in place … see photo below).

We have completed the geotechnical survey and have found that the proposed site is suitable for the tower. The original tower location has been found and there are plans to establish a trail to it and erect a marker on the site.

In other news, we have several events this month in which we will be participating: On May 15 we will put on a display at Ardrossan’s Rural Living Days. Our main purpose will be promotion of the fire lookout tower.

On May 27 we are holding our 2010 Annual General Meeting and Barbecue. All members and potential members are cordially invited. So bring a buddy with you.

During our AGM, we will hold a draw for a set of Celestron binoculars, as well as a Yardley Jones’ print of a Blackfoot trail.

Everyone with a current 2010 Friends’ membership will be entered in these draws. We will also have door prizes to be won, and some guest speakers.

May 29 is the Ultra Marathon and we will help out with that event as well. If anyone is interested in volunteering, let us know and we will provide you with details.

I would like to give a special thank you to our vice-president, Lorne Berrecloth, for all the hard volunteer work he has done helping to clear downed trees from the trails. This seems to be a never-ending job due to the windy conditions we have been encountering recently.

A final thought to all of you who like to hunt in the Blackfoot: the Blackfoot is a great place to hunt, and although grouse populations have been down over the last couple of years, hopefully, they will be on the rebound this year. The draw applications for moose and elk will soon be out and there are excellent opportunities for quality hunting in the Blackfoot.

Hope to see you all on May 27 at the AGM.

Jim Shewfelt
Friends of Blackfoot Society
2011 – 2012 Board of Directors

Jim Shewfelt
Past President

Bob Stevenson

Mildred Stefiszyn
Vice President

Erla Stevenson

Lorne Berrecloth

Cathy Schreiner

Ruth Shewfelt


Patrick Stephens