The Making of a Trail Reroute

You will soon likely see some new trail being built near Romantic Ridge, where Hillside Trail swings up and over it. The KNPS and KTS put a lot of time and effort into planning this reroute, and we wanted to share some of the considerations to help park users appreciate what goes into these decisions. First is the annual convening of the KNPS Trail Upgrades Committee (TUC) in late winter. This year’s committee consisted of four directors and one society member, representing a range of experience with trails management and trail users. We discussed which trails in the park could use some attention to make them more sustainable, and in the end, we nominated two projects as priorities for 2020:

Counting Calypso orchids

During the last week of May and the first week of June several members of the Kimberley Nature Park Society naturalist group set out to count the Calypso orchids (Calypso bulbosa) that were blooming at that time. We covered as many trails as possible in the Nature Park and in Horse Barn Valley, carefully checking into the bush as far as we could see. Also known as fairy slippers, the Calypso bulbosa is the only member of this genus of the orchid family. One of the loveliest flowers in the park, Calypso orchids are best seen in May hiding on the mossy forest floor in the shade of the forest canopy. By summer they have disappeared, but in the fall they produce a single parallel-veined, oval le

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