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Residents encouraged to share thoughts on FireSmart trail

Last Updated Aug 29, 2019 at 2:48 pm MST

Looking toward downtown Fort McMurray from lower Thickwood. Archived photo taken by Jenna Hamilton.

CORRECTION: Previously, this article stated residents chose the Cornwall Drive location for the trail. However, the location is yet to be finalized. We apologize for the error.

The Municipality’s new FireSmart Interpretive Trail is taking shape.

Interested residents may get feedback the FireSmart Booth at the Urban Market on August 28, 2019, between 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Drop by the booth to learn about the proposed site locations for the new project.

Forest ecology

The new trail should be a positive resource, educating and helping residents about ecology and FireSmart building.

Erin Fleming, RMWB FireSmart Supervisor, says the drop-in sessions should help to determine how the trail should run.

“We’re really excited to have the opportunity to be out and speaking with residents about this new FireSmart Interpretive Trail and the key factors that will help us determine how it can offer the most value to the community.”

FireSmart prefers the Cornwall Drive location in Thickwood for the interpretative trail project.

Fleming said it’s ideal due to its positive environmental, geotechnical, and social assessments.

“We’ve worked to identify a preferred site location along Cornwall Drive, but we’re really hoping to hear what our residents have to say.”

One location in Eagle Ridge and another in Thickwood are the other options.

Anyone unable to attend the information session on August 28 may share their thoughts at FireSmart@rmwb.ca.

Also, the RMWB plans to schedule future drop-in sessions to discuss the Interpretive Trail.

More information about the project is available on the Municipality’s website.