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Saprae Creek residents unhappy about trails left behind from tree removal

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Saprae Creek residents unhappy about trails left behind from tree removal

Some Saprae Creek residents are unhappy with the tree removal going on in their area.

The RMWB is working to get rid of hazardous trees around the region to eliminate potential fuel for wildfires and keep them from falling on property and people.

However, with the amount of burned trees and mulching going on, trails are being created behind homes wide enough for ATVs and snowmobiles, which residents say is more of a danger to anyone than a falling tree.

Speaking at a Here for You Information Session on Wednesday night, one homeowner, Kyle, tells Mix News he thinks the general consensus of everyone at the meeting is they are not happy and feels like the municipality just isn’t listening.

“I don’t think anyone wants this to go forward, but the RMWB isn’t going to stop.”

Another resident, Ryan, adds, “there’s nothing we can do about it now, they’re already going to finish it up is what they’re saying.”

“I’m not happy,” says Sheila. “I have bog behind my house, they want to put a 30-foot path behind my house, and now there’s quads and kids going back there.”

Councillor Alan Vinni is proposing some volunteers work with the Recovery Committee to come up with a plan to block the trails.

While¬†Firesmart Specialist with the Recovery Task Force Steven Fudge says they’ll be looking at ways to curb this new problem.

“Some of the things we’re looking to do is address the OHV potential, what kind of barriers and mitigation efforts would be cost effective and effective as a deterrent.”

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