At the end of April 2014 a group of public minded citizens replaced a section of fence around Lost Lake in the Gilpin Grasslands to better protect the area from off-road vehicles and range cow damage. The new fence was constructed as fully wildlife friendly fencing.
The Story on the new fencing was originally reported Nov 2014 at: www.boundaryalliance.org/lostlake.pdfIn spring 2015 Range Branch and Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resources (MFLNRO) and Ministry of Environment, installed signage and a seating bench at Lost Lake, some six years after their original fence construction. The major message on that signage appears to have been prompted by the concerns raised in our original Nov 2014 article: see section on “Waterer Not Activated.”
Incredibly the major message on the Governments new signage in 2015:
- tried to justify the original placement of the fence as bounding existing riparian vegetation.
- introduced a long winded and misleading rationale for why there was no water in the waterer.
Regarding (1) it became apparent over time that the older fence failed to protect existing riparian vegetation which showed up outside that fence and also failed to provide any worthwhile setback from such vegetation. The original fence placement also did not prevent a throughway for off-road vehicles. The new wildlife friendly fence installed by public minded citizens in 2014 fixed those problems.
Regarding (2) the claim on the new signage blaming the City of Grand Forks for not providing water for the waterer, is contrary to what was claimed by MFLNRO in extended conversations with the writer June 20 2014. See more detail on those discussions in our Nov 2014 article:
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Extended pdf version with additional pictures, background and transcript of message on signage, available at: