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News and Chronological Record

Since the early 1900's, the Old Glory Alpine has been a major part of the Rossland community and region and it has made news and been the subject of plans, recreation areas, parks and correspondence.  The Friends of the Rossland Range continues to work on assembling the important documents, letters, plans, news articles and related information that is known to be associated with Old Glory peak, the weather station, the forest service lookout and the surrounding area of the Rossland Range to provide a factual library of the area's history, FORR actions related to that and also to provide a chronological record going forward.  If  you know of important documents or articles which should be included below, just send them to us for inclusion.

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Nov 10, 2016 Mar 8, 2016-2 (special)
Oct 24, 2016 AGM Mar 8, 2016-1
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Date Description

June 1, 2017

Because of the huge increase in public use now that the area is officially designated and being developed, we have had to implement a policy to manage potential commercial use in the Recreation Site.

Jan 3, 2017

As of January 1, 2017, FORR is a registered charity. Tax receipts for donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt.

Special Resolution RE Memberships and Special Resolution RE Directors

Both approved at the 2015 AGM. The membership resolution allowed for the establishment of lifetime memberships, and the directors resolution allowed for up to 11 members of the Board.

Funding Agreement, signed

May 11, 2015: FORR and the Kootenay Mountaineering Club signed this funding agreement for construction of the Mt. Lepsoe Cabin.

Partnership Agreement, signed

Jan 14, 2014: FORR and the Recreation Sites & Trails Branch of the Province signed the Rossland Range Recreation Site Partnership Agreement, a historic day. At long last, the primary goal of the Society has been reached. Finally, after over 10 years of work on this project, a written and agreed-upon plan exists for the management of this part of the Rossland Range. The plan recognizes all the recreation opportunities and the assets that exist, and it will guide the work of the community and FORR in this area in the future.

Management Plan for New Rec Site 

Map of the Rec Site

Fall, 2014: The Rossland Range Rec Site plan has been approved and is in place after over 10 years of working toward this goal!  Read the Press Release HERE.

Public workshops to shape the management plan submitted and approved

August through December, 2013: 2 well-attended public workshops were hosted in October and December by FORR to get public input into the direction of a new application to the Recreation Sites & Trails Branch. As a result, a working group of about 20 interested people was created. These people worked as a team to write, map and submit the plan visualized at the 2 workshops. Many hours of many and varied people contributed valuable time and expertise to creating the detailed plan and we are all thankful to these individuals.

Old Glory Fire Lookout file: 1930-1977

April 18, 2012: The Old Glory Fire Lookout file folder from the Ministry of Forests building of the lookout in 1930 was loaned to review and scan some interesting pages. The file was kept from 1941 to 1977.

March 1, 2012

March 1, 2012:  Notice from Gary Townsend, Ministry of Forests, of re-review of recreation area request. 

"FORR's Adopted Rossland Museum Artifact: The Old Glory Lookout Board"

2012: This research and article was prepared for a 2012 Rossland Museum event and provides some little known history about the Old Glory Lookout.

Film Program, Poster , Press Release

Feb 26, 2012: Backcountry Film Festival event poster, press release with detail of films, news articles. $5/person, under 12 FREE; Tickets went on sale Feb 1, sold out by Feb 12. 

June 2, 2011,

July 14, 2011

June 3, 2011: Trail Daily Times article about summer community hikes and the "Uniqueness of the Rossland Range"

July 14, 2011: Rossland News article about Wilf Gibbard "The indelible mark of a life well lived", who passed away this summer and contributed so much to the history of the Rossland Range.

Calendar (March 29, 2011 e-newsletter), Film Submission Guidelines , Community Hikes Poster 

March 29, 2011:  Annual Calendar of dates for the annual Streamkeepers' planning meeting, Old Glory community hikes, AGM, backcountry film festival submission deadline (and submission guidelines), tentative date  for 2012 backcountry film festival are published on website and in e-newsletter.

March, 2011 MOTI

March, 2011 WKO

March, 2011: response to Ministry of Transportation from Streamkeepers RE reclamation of gravel pit on Strawberry Pass.

March, 2011: response to West Kootenay Outdoorsmen RE their support of the Nancy Greene Highlands Recreation Tenure.

"Help track local animals" Rossland News, Feb 24, 2011

Winter is the best (but not only) time to see, identify, photograph, GPS and report wildlife tracks in the Rossland Range.  See the brochure for track images, details and contact info. 

Feb 16, 2011 Rossland Telegraph, FORR Statement, Recreation Tenure Application Proposal, Jan, 2011, Map Accompanying Application Proposal, Jan, 2011

Feb, 2011: FORR Community Tenure Update Statement (suggesting Proposal is a "handshake agreement" until formal approval) , and News Article "The Nancy Greene Highlands Recreation Tenure Takes a Step Closer to Reality" 

Final Tenure Proposal and Map

Poster, Press Release (includes film details),  Film Details (as of Feb 20, 2011), "Sold-out film fest delights" Rossland News, Mar 3, 2011 ,  "Sponsorships keep film festival at $5" Rossland News, Feb 24, 2011  ,  "Backcountry Film Festival is sold out, second year in a row" Feb 23, 2011

Feb 27, 2011: Backcountry Film Festival event poster, press release with detail of films, news articles.  The night of film was another sold-out to capacity attendance and enjoyed by all!  The feature award-winning film, "A Life Ascending" and the $5/person (under 12 FREE) entry to this all ages events attracted filmgoers.   FORR's awareness, membership, and financial goals for the event were met and FORR is grateful to the many and varied volunteers and sponsors who made the event possible. 

Jan 29, 2011

Jan 29, 2011: community tenure support letter from West Kootenay Outdoorsmen

Jan 27, 2011 p1, Jan 27, 2011 p2

Jan 27, 2011: response to the Nov 2, 2010 letter to Ministry of Transportation RE standards to protect wetlands at Strawberry Flats

Brochure

December, 2010: Trax FoRR Tracks program brochure is finalized and publicized.  Look out, identify, photograph, GPS and report wildlife tracks in the Rossland Range.  Brochure has details and contact info.

Nov 2, 2010

Nov 2, 2010: letter to Ministry of Transportation RE standards to protect wetlands at Strawberry Flats

July and August, 2010

Community hikes: Everyone was appreciative of the Paquins' leadership and sharing of information on these hikes.  Many thanks to Suzanne and Rejean Paquin for maintaining what is a wonderful Rossland and Friends of the Rossland Range tradition!

May 20, 2010 community workshop:

April 20, 2010 Press Release, April 20, 2010 Poster, April 8, 2010 Council Letter

May 20, 2010: FORR hosted a workshop "Be Part of the Community Process to Create the Future of the Rossland Range". Participants all submitted written answers to the questionnaire ,  "FORR Goals: and the Project, Process and Issues" , or attended the workshop to discuss the process.  All comments from the workshop were written, typed and were used for review and then to incorporate into the the Ministry of Forests application for the Rossland Range. Workshop participant comments were collected in the pdf's, by topic.   Balancing Use & Protection ; Community Watersheds; Economic Values; Glading & Brushing; Huts; Other Issues; Parking

April 22, 2010 poster

April 22, 2010: Storm Drain Marking Program - Earth Day!  Thank you to the Streamkeepers for creating this Earth Day project! 

Mar 30, 2010

March 30, 2011 Invasive Plant Training Workshop, presented by the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee, many thanks to them!

 

FORR Goals: the Project, Process and Issues

Feb 28, 2010: publication of Emerging Issues and a request for community input via the document/questionaire: FORR Goals: and the Project, Process and Issues

Trail Rossland News, Trail Times, Poster, Press Release, Film Details

Feb 28, 2010: The Backcountry Film Festival event poster, press release, detail of films, news articles. The film night was filled-to-capacity attendance and enjoyed by all!  FORR's awareness, membership, and financial goals for the event were met and FORR is grateful to the many and varied volunteers and sponsors who made the event possible. 

Dec 1, 2009: Constitution

 

Dec 1, 2009: Streamkeepers

 

Dec 1, 2009: Forest Demo

Dec 1, 2009: AGM, 3 resolutions were passed by the membership:

 1) Revising Section 2 of the Constitution to align the Society's stated purposes more accurately with FORR's intention to be inclusive of all those concerned with the diverse values and uses in the Rossland Range and to provide better clarity about the range of actual activities the Society might undertake. 

 2) Empowering the Board to establish, within certain guidelines, a Streamkeepers' function which would help fulfil FORR objectives relating to stewardship of natural values in the Rossland Range, and public education about the importance of our natural backyard.  Streamkeepers, like FORR mountain hikes and heritage displays, would be an opportunity to engage people in Rossland in activities that both satisfy and enlighten.

 3) Directing the Board to investigate a "Forest Demo Project", which may possibly result in a forest interpretation trail (or trails, or route) with interpretive signage, e.g. forest type and history, ecological significance, issues to watch for (wildlife, beetles, weeds, etc.), forestry history and rationale, etc.  The interpretive site could be used for guided trips (like the hikes FORR presently leads) as well as self-guided tours. 

This AGM was especially interesting with Ron Walker's Old Glory Met Station book efforts and Jim Sturgeon's aviator stories about supply drops on top of Old Glory.  Both brought photographs to view. Ron Walker spoke about his work to create a book about the Old Glory Met Station.  (See the Resources page for details and to purchase the book).  Jim Sturgeon of Trail brought his aviator's log book and photos of his airplane that was used to make winter supply drops to the men working on top of Old Glory, and he told stories of Christmas drops and flying in the region.

Oct 2, 2009

Oct 2, 2009: Letter from FORR to Asst. Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, Gary Townsend, in thanks for his letter in response to FORR Feb 25 letter and that FORR is pleased his Ministry is reviewing the FORR request for comprehensive review and why this review is important to many.

July and August, 2009

The community hikes were again a success. Every single person reached the peak and everyone was appreciative of the Paquins' leadership.  Many thanks to Suzanne and Rejean Paquin for maintaining what is a wonderful Rossland and Friends of the Rossland Range tradition!

Spring, Summer, 2009

The "Celebrate the Legacy" display expands by 3 large boards of photographs of "Met Station Life (1943-1968)"  and "Generations and Traditions" and a DVD video of weatherman Percy Saltzman's mid-1950's weather report and interview of meteorologist Otto Schwenkte.  See the NEW boards and film at the Rossland Public Library through March 29, 2009 and then at the Rossland Historical Museum for its summer season.  All 3 FORR DVD films are available for patrons to "check out" through the Rossland Public Library.

Feb 25, 2009

Feb 25, 2009: Letter from FORR to BC Premier stating the importance of and requesting a community-wide planning process for the Rossland. Letter included letters of support from the business and government community.

July and August, 2008

The July and August, 2008  community hikes were a grand success again.  About 25 people participated in these community hikes in spite of the heat in July.  Many thanks to Suzanne and Rejean Paquin for maintaining what is becoming a wonderful Rossland and Friends of the Rossland Range tradition. 

May 22, 2008

May 22, 2008: Invasive Plants: One of the Largest Threats to Biodiversity.  A discussion lead by Nancie Dohan, Eva Cameron of the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee, Refreshments, music. 

April 14, 2008

April 14, 2008

April, 2008: Letters from FORR to Ministry of the Environment and Oceans and Fisheries requesting recognition as a water stewardship group for the Rossland community watershed and notification of matters of public consultation.

Spring, 2008

Red Shutter Inn Ltd (Big Red Cats')  A proposed amendment to their existing tenure for the purpose of temporarily controlling access to specific constructed snow roads has been withdrawn.

March 12, 2008

Mar 12, 2008: Letter from the City of Rossland to the Premier, supporting community-based planning for recreation in the Rossland Range

March 4, 2008

Mar 4, 2008: Letter in support of Rossland Rotary grant application to foster community awareness and utilization of the Visions to Action Strategic Sustainability Plan (“SSP”) which was finalized in January, 2008

Feb 28, 2008

Feb 28, 2008: FORR letter to City of Rossland RE concern about proposed golf course development in the City's community watershed

Feb 8, 2008 (cover), Feb 8, 2008 (form)

Feb 8, 2008: FORR request to City of Rossland for letter of support to Premier

Jan 16, 2008  

Jan 16, 2008: Trail Daily Times article "Friends of the Rossland Range: Mountain enthusiasts featured in photo history" RE the display of 200 photos and NFC short film on display at the Rossland Library and Chamber/Visitor Center offices

Aug 11 and 25, 2007 

Community hikes to Old Glory peak to learn about the Forest Service Lookout and Weather Station. Even more people than in 2006 participated in the 2007 hikes to Old Glory Peak.  All ages and abilities of people from the region were represented on the 2 hikes on August 11 and 25, and we owe many thanks to Suzanne and Rejean Paquin for maintaining what is becoming a wonderful Rossland and Friends of the Rossland Range tradition.

July 11, 2007

July 11, 2007: Trail Rossland News article "The Uniqueness of the Rossland Range" RE the Community Hikes to Old Glory Peak on Aug 11 and 25, 2007

March 30, 2007 Community Letter

March 30, 2007 Sample Support Letter

Mar 30, 2007: FORR to Regional Community Members RE: support for community planning in the Rossland Range, including sample letter of support

 

 

Nancy Wilkin letter in response to FORR  RE: Nancy Greene Lake Provincial Park and need for a comprehensive planning process.

March 29, 2007

Mar 29, 2007: FORR response to Nancy Wilkin Dec 29, 2006 letter RE: Nancy Greene Lake Provincial Park and need for a comprehensive planning process.

March 14, 2007

Mar 14, 2007: Trail Rossland News article "Celebrating the Pictorial History of the Rossland Range" RE Celebrate the Legacy Photography Display March and April, 2007

March 6, 2007

Celebrate the Legacy:  a permanent and traveling display of community photographs of the Rossland Range - Photos   

March 6, 2007: press release RE Celebrate the Legacy Photography Display March and April, 2007, The free photography and film event on January 29, 2006 was such a great success that the boards of photographs from this event were created as a permanent and traveling display. The first display of the framed boards was in downtown Rossland, the Pro hardware front windows, on the corner of Washington and Columbia.

Dec 29, 2006 ( pg 1), Dec 29, 2006 (pg 2)

Dec 29, 2006: Environmental Stewardship Division Assistant Deputy Minister Nancy Wilkin to FORR RE response to FORR November 29, 2006 letter RE Nancy Greene Lake Provincial Park

Nov 29, 2006

Nov, 29, 2006: FORR to Minister of Environment Barry Penner asking:

 1) that Nancy Greene Lake Provincial Park be removed from the list of parks available for "fixed roof" development, and that instead, the Park be viewed as a valuable amenity and economic resource for the surrounding communities 

2) for expediting of a comprehensive process of planning for recreational use in the Rossland Range.  

Nov 30, 2006 Third Annual AGM

Nov 30, 2006: About 30 people attended the third annual AGM on Nov 21, 2006 and 1 new director was elected.  A variety of topics were discussed, summarized.  See above correspondence as a result of discussion about the Nancy Greene Provincial Park fixed roof accommodation issue.

July 22 and August 26, 2006  (poster)

Community hikes to Old Glory peak to learn about the Forest Service Lookout and Weather Station. Over 30 people from the region participated and all ages and abilities were represented.

Mar 26, 2006 (poster)

March 26, 2006 (photos)

Mar 26, 2006: An Event of Stories, Song, Displays at the Firehall Gallery where the winner of the Louis Drescher print is drawn.

Feb 17, 2006

Feb 17, 2006: Trail Daily Times Opinion RE Thanks for Emcon plowing

Feb 6, 2006

Feb 6, 2006: Trail Daily Times Article " Group continues push for non-motorized trails in back country"

Jan 29, 2006 (poster)

January 29, 2006 (photos)

Jan 29, 2006: The Old Glory Alpine:  Celebrate the Legacy. This free photography and film event was a great success. 

 

Jan 26, 2006

Jan 27. 2006

Jan 26, 2006: Rossland Record and Trail Daily Times articles RE Old Glory Alpine:  Celebrate the Legacy event

 

Jan 8, 2006

Jan 8, 2006: FORR to Rossland Council RE Parking on Highway 3B

Dec 6, 2005

Dec 6, 2006: Steve Flett, Planning Team Leader, ILMB, Ministry of Agriculture and Lands to FORR RE: status of land use plan for Rossland Range and "surveyor" in the cabin area

Nov 28, 2005

Nov 28, 2005: Minister of Tourism Olga Ilich to MLA Katrine Conroy stating that "The Seven Summits Trail is part of the provincial recreation site and trail system and is currently managed for non-motorized use only."

Nov 16, 2005 Second Annual AGM 

Nov 16, 2005: About 30 people attended the second annual AGM  and 2 new directors were elected.

July 24 and Sept 25, 2005 (poster)

Community hikes to Old Glory peak to learn about the Forest Service Lookout and Weather Station.

July 5, 2005 p1, July 5, 2005 p2

July 5, 2005: Trail Daily Times Article "Group continues pressure to protect Old Glory area"

May 18, 2005

May 18, 2005: LWBC map (with contours) of area offered for tenure to Red Shutter Inn by LWBC (contact FORR for a larger printable version of this map)

May 5, 2005

May 5, 2005: Deputy Minister of Sustainable Resource Management Trumpy response to FORR

April 22, 2005 (poster)

Photos and summary of the Evening of Music and Storytelling held April 22, 2005, Miner's Hall in Rossland, 7pm.

April 22, 2005: A night of Music and Storytelling to preserve the Old glory Alpine Area. Everyone enjoyed this fun fundraising event!! See the lyrics to Sparky's song in Booty's honor, "All the Old Boys Around Here". $5 per ticket, children are free.

 

April 7, 2005

April 7, 2005: Rossland Record article "Cat ski business approved; Local group seeks non-motorized reserve"

April 1, 2005 

April 1, 2005: FORR follow-up letter to Minister of Sustainable Resource Management Abbott

March 30, 2005

Mar 30, 2005: FORR press release RE Red Shutter Inn cat-ski tenure, New Cat-skiing Tenure Reinforces Need to Protect Old Glory Alpine. The LWBC tenure offer details were on its website for review.

March 22, 2005Att to letter

Mar 22, 2005: FORR letter to Minister of Sustainable Resource Management Abbott, with attachment

Support the FORR goals by becoming a member.  We are asking those members who have not paid dues to submit payment.

 We are embarking on a community/public education campaign utilizing information bulletins, trailhead  signage and maps.   The flyers state goals and our First Quarter 2005 work

Members are urged to state your opinion about resort development and the issue of tenures for commercial use of the backcountry

Write to Sandy Santori, our MLA and Minister of State, Resort Development.  Review this informative and well-written note to the membership by FoRR Board Member Ken Holmes.  Links are also presented here to provide further information about the BC Resort Task Force Strategy.

Nov 25, 2004 through Dec 15, 2004

FORR and LWBC correspondence RE Red Shutter Inn cat-ski tenure

Nov 24, 2004 First Annual AGM 

Nov 24, 2004: Held at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall on Wednesday, November 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Mar 29, 2004 Information Bulletin

Mar 29, 2004: RE Registration as a Society; Meetings in March, 2004 with MLA Honorable Sandi Santori and Atco Lumber; the proposed Old Glory Alpine Ridge Skyline Trail; Topics for the Fall AGM; Logo Contest: Contact List

 Jan 16, 2004 By-Laws , Dec 22, 2003 Constitution

FORR signs its By-Laws and Constitution and becomes a registered Society.

Dec, 18, 2003

Dec 18, 2003: Rossland Record article "Old Glory cat skiing plans abandoned"

Dec 11, 2003

Dec 11, 2003: Rossland Record article "Outdoor enthusiasts say no to cat-skiing"

Dec 10, 2003

Dec 10, 2003: Poster for Miners Hall meeting RE opposition to cat skiing in the Old Glory Alpine

Dec 10, 2003 Handout at Miner's Hall Community Meeting

RE Why the Snowcat Skiing Proposal Should be Opposed; Snowcat Ski Application Summary;  Response by Friends of the Rossland Range; Contacts

Dec 4, 2003

Dec 4, 2003: Trail Daily Times article "Cat skiing opponents organize campaign"

July 15, 1997

July 15, 1997: Nancy Greene Highland Forest Management Plan

Feb 22, 1968

Feb 22, 1968: Rossland Miner article  "Local Member Discloses Plans For Nancy Greene Park" (courtesy, Rossland Museum)

Jan 11, 1968

Jan 11, 1968: Rossland Miner article "Old Glory Met Station Destroyed By Fire" (courtesy Rossland Museum)

Aug 31, 1950

Aug 31, 1950: Rossland Miner article "Consorts of the Stars" (courtesy Ruth Grubisic)

1942-1943

1942-1943: Old Glory weather station built, the highest weather station in Canada

1926

1926: Forest Service Lookout built on Old Glory peak

 

 

 

 

 

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