Blow Downs

If you’re ever in the Buntzen Lake area after a storm, you’ll likely have seen some blow downs (downed trees) on the trails. This past February 2014 was bad – especially the night of February 15th, where about 5 large trees came down on the Buntzen Lake Trail.

First, here are some large blow downs on Eagle Mountain, just east of the White Rock Viewpoint

Fallen trees

Here are some trees that came down on the Swan Falls Trail…


Here is a tree that came down on Powerhouse Road, near North Beach…

Fallen Tree on Powerhouse Road

And here’s one that came down on Diez Vistas Trail…

Trees down on trail

Here are two trees that came down on the Buntzen Lake Trail on February 15, 2014…

Fallen Tree

Fallen Tree

BC Hydro does a good job at clearing the trees after they have fallen – They’re usually cleared within a week at the most.

As a result of the many blow downs at Buntzen Lake, BC Hydro has completed an assessment of the trees that have the potential to fall on the trails and they are cutting them down to be proactive. Many of the trees are/were leaning towards the trail or are/were dead. If you see a tree with a spray-painted number in blue paint, it is an assessment tree and will be cut down.

Here are some trees that have been cut down near the old floating bridge area…

Assessment trees being cut down

Over the past few weeks in May 2014, BC Hydro accelerated their tree cutting. Below are a few more pictures of the cut trees…

Tree cutting today

Tree cutting on trail

And here was a big blow down on the west side of the lake…

Big tree cut down

Here’s a photo of the tree one month earlier…

Number 105

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