Cougar Canyon ER #108 Warden’s Report – 2003
In regard to the present requirement of having to have an employee at the gravel pit unlock the gate at the end of Sawmill Road to obtain access to the reserve – it must be pointed out that the private road built by the power company to construct and maintain its power line passes out of its legal right-of-way on to ecological reserve land at several points along the route. It is not unreasonable to request reciprocal treatment from that company in return for this unofficial easement by granting a key to the Crown for its lawful access. Formal acquisition of Aquila by Fortis Power this year offers a suitable opportunity for an official approach by Parks BC to the company to request the right to have direct keyed access for the purposes of managing the reserve but not for conducting public groups.
2nd July – Entry not obtained.
6th July – Entry not obtained in the morning but was available in the afternoon.
It had been intended to check the north end of the reserve. After driving half way along the right-of-way road it was decided that a hot truck engine grinding in 4-wheel drive up and down steep grade was too much of a fire risk in the extreme dryness prevailing and the effort was abandoned
Earlier in the summer Aquila work crews had been cutting brush under the power line and ceased when conditions became too dry. This flammable material had been left in place.
7 on wood, 2 swimming
Without having had the ability to make appropriate counts for the last two years it is unknown whether this extremely low figure is related to the very hot and dry summer weather and lower water level or to some unknown catastrophic event since counts in 2001. Water level at this time on Lake 11 was approximately 0.5 m lower at this time of year than ever seen before.
Subsequently, back country travel was banned and no further attempt to access the reserve was made.
Volunteer time = 8½ hours.