The Beaver Lodge Forest Lands, with its network of trails, is one of the community’s most beloved recreation areas.
One of the people responsible for looking after this community gem is Marcus Willems. He started working on local trails after he retired some six years ago. He got involved with Greenways Land Trust about four years ago.
“I started off by adopting a trail,” he says.
His work includes clearing brush and other debris, as well as making sure there is proper drainage for the trail network.
“I just really enjoy working on trails,” he says. “It’s a great interaction between people and the environment.”
He is setting a good example for young people about the importance of stewardship by educating and working with school groups, who help clear the trails. Marcus also volunteers his time with the local hospice society, which he started doing after his wife passed away, and has a walking group for participants in hospice.
Finally, he sits on the Beaver Lodge Forest Lands Trust Committee, which is made up of many stakeholders charged with making sure this natural area remains a prized asset of Campbell River.