Last week was the training week for the summer students; Stephane Muise, Jeremy Camus and Rachelle Aucoin, who are all high school students who are working with the CRSA. We had orientation, training on the river and First Aid. The following Monday was the first day on the job, where we worked on cleaning up the Salmon pool trail. This involved raking, shoveling and clearing the area of broken branches and debris. Tuesday and Wednesday, we partnered with the Chiasson Brothers to prepare for the opening of the Gypsum Mine trail. With the help of small construction machinery, we dug out dirt to create areas for benches. We built frames, poured concrete in those areas and installed seven newly painted benches. The opening of the trail will be Saturday July 11th!
For the rest of the week, the crew will commence maintenance on Aucoin brook. We must finish some rock piling and fix some structures from last summer that were damaged during the winter months. The weather has been beautiful so far and we hope it will continue so we can work in the sunshine!