There are still plans for additional work early next year, including installing laminate flooring and painting the lower level walls and ceiling.
The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations chose this lookout for restoration last year, due to its “location, accessibility, community use and partnership interest.”
“The restoration of the Bickford fire lookout will bring added tourism and recreation opportunities to the region,” says Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier. “Local businesses will also benefit from added revenue as visitors and tourists come into to town to eat, sleep and shop.”
The site will be maintained by Recreation Sites and Trails B.C., who contributed $10,000 to the project. Glenmore Coal Mining matched that contribution, and the Chetwynd Outdoors Society and Buffalo Aerial Helicopter Services also assisted in the restoration.
The Bickford lookout is one of 320 fire lookout locations in B.C., of which 20 are considered active and required by the Wildfire Management Branch.