Walk in the Forest Trail
Since 2010, Central Westcoast Forest Society has renovated and extended the Walk in the Forest Trail. The trail was built in 1997 as an interpretive trail that runs past Lost Shoe Creek. It was designed to display and educate on the effectiveness of riparian restoration and silviculture treatments at accelerating old growth forest characteristics.
Unfortunately, the trail was neglected for several years, in some places the boardwalk was rotrotten with planks missing and in other areas it had become overgrown with salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis) and hardhack (Spiraea douglasii ssp. douglasii). The viewing platform on Lost Shoe Creek was in a thicket of red alder (Alnus rubra), adding to the leaf litter and debris found on the trail. The original signs throughout the trail had been vandalized and garbage was abundant, even present in the salmon-bearing creek.
In 2010, the restoation crew removed dilapidated signs, garbage and invasive Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius). Red alder was thinned along the creek bank and wester red cedar (Thuja plicata) and Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) seedlings were planted. Large sections of the boardwalk were replaced with lumber provided by Iisaak Forest Resources Limited. Two new sign were designed and installed, one along the trail and the other in the parking lot. One is a memorial sign dedicated to the memory of Harold Touchie; a well loved member of the Yu?lu?il?ath First Nation.
In 2012, CWFS extended the existing boardwalk by approximately 100 m and built a 3x4 m outpost centre overlooking Lost Shoe Creek that will be used to host outdoor edcuational programs. Parks Canada installed new interpretive signs that speak to restoration ecology and the efforts of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (PRNPR) and CWFS to restore degraded habitat.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in conjuction with Salmon Festival in September 2012, to commemorate the efforts of the late Robert Redhead, former director of CWFS and Ecosystem BIologist with Parks Canada.
Each year CWFS maintains the Walk in the Forest Trail by repairing boardwalk and brushing along the trail. Please contact us if you see that the trail needs maintenance.