NWTFA hosted a work party at the North Arm trailhead near Boundary Creek on Saturday, October 21, 2023 to conduct an extensive site clean-up. Eleven volunteers, most of whom are members of NWFTA and/or CASARA, participated in the clean-up. We spent approximately 7 hours collecting a total of 1200 kg of junk and debris, sorting and loading it into trailers and dump trucks for removal, and transporting it all to Yellowknife for disposal. Garbage collected filled 3 trailers and 2 large dump trucks and included scrap metal, discarded building materials, broken-down snowmobiles, empty fuel barrels, 50 tires, old household appliances, and general litter. All metal refuse was delivered to the metal recycling depot and the remainder of the garbage was taken to the solid waste facility.
NWTFA extends its thanks to Unsmoke Canada, The Great Outdoors Fund, the Department of Infrastructure of the Government of the Northwest Territories, the City of Yellowknife, and Precision North Recycling for their support of this project. As a result of their assistance and the collective effort of our volunteers, this site is once again a suitable and safe trailhead providing access to wilderness recreation in the North Arm area. View our photo gallery for more before, after and during pictures! Check out Cabin Radio's story "Aviators and volunteers remove tons of waste from North Arm trailhead" for more information about this project.
Since the weather forecast for tomorrow calls for possible showers and winds not favourable for the location, the NWTFA Fly-Out Beach Day has been cancelled. Thanks to everyone who responded to the RSVP. We'll plan a similar event for next summer!
NWTFA has just learned that YZF airport management has changed its process for arranging escort of floatplanes between the airport property and Long Lake. YZF airport management is now requiring that paperwork be completed and the escort fee paid at its office in the terminal before fire hall personnel provide escort services. The new process is causing delay and considerable frustration to pilots who are following the established procedures for floatplane launching at Long Lake.
This change was made unilaterally without notice to NWTFA or aircraft owners. NWTFA has submitted written protest to the GNWT Department of Infrastructure requesting that the escort fee be discontinued immediately, refunds be issued for any fees already paid, and the fee not levied again unless properly authorized.