Now is the time to see balsamroot in bloom

Every spring we look forward to the blooming of our grassland flowers, especially the balsamroot. When the snow is gone and the first crocuses appear, we know that our hillsides and grasslands will soon be ablaze with brilliant yellow balsamroot flowers. All parts of the balsamroot plant can be eaten. (Lyle Grisedale photo) Also known as arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata), this plant is a member of the aster family. It flourishes on south-facing hillsides and on the grasslands throughout the East Kootenay and the Okanagan. The “mother” root can be as big as a person’s forearm and several decades old. (Lyle Grisedale photo) Balsamroot was an important food crop for members of local

Wildfire safety update

The Kimberley Nature Park Society has expanded its Interface Fire Committee to work with a group of experts who are planning a significant new logging and thinning initiative to protect the city and its forest to the west from wildfire events. Machinery used on Sunflower Hill Over the past decade and a half, fire mitigation measures in the Nature Park have mostly involved falling and burning fuels in small blocks, with some additional machine logging and some limited prescribed burning. While this approach will continue to be used, the scale and timeframe of the new initiative will require substantially more machine logging. The current plan is to machine-thin a massive area from the Nature

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