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Winter storm damages salmon conservation group's cabin in Shuswap

Trees were discovered to have fallen on the cabin in the Tsútswecw Provincial Park following a storm in the new year.
Image Credit: The Adams River Salmon Society
January 13, 2020 - 7:00 AM

A log cabin owned by the Adams River Salmon Society has become victim to the winter weather, with fallen trees causing damage to the roof of the not-for-profit organization's hut.

The log cabin is located in the Tsútswecw Provincial Park (previously the Roderick Haig-Brown) and sits near the Adams River in the Shuswap - one of the largest Sockeye salmon runs in North America.

Society president David Askew said two trees were discovered that had fallen onto the cabin roof sometime in the new year.

"There are lots of trees (in the park) but only three trees around the cabin," Askew said. "Two of them fell on the cabin."

The log cabin is used by the society as education and interpretive centre teaching the public about the importance of the salmon and the river. From spring until after the salmon spawn in October the cabin, which was built about 15 years ago, is used to run programs from and is the centre for the society's work.

Askew said last October, around 4,000 people visited the site to watch the salmon spawn. Once every four years when sockeye salmon spawn (the next being 2022) the site is even busier.

News that the cabin had been damaged led one local roofer to offer to put a temporary patch on the roof for free. Askew said the trees have been removed and the roof patched, but he was still waiting for an estimate as to how badly damaged the cabin is and what the cost of repairing it would be.

The society does have the building insured but Askew said depending on the damage he hoped the organization would not have to use their insurance. Once fixed, the cabin will re-open in the spring as it usually does.

Ordinarily open year-round, the provincial park closed Jan. 6, due to damage to trees from the winter storm. It's not yet known when the park will reopen.

For more information on The Adam's River Salmon Society go here.

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