Cross country ski club pleads guilty to trail building infraction

 The Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club has pleaded guilty to charges under the territory's Lands Act and Forest Resources Act.

The Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club has pleaded guilty to charges under the territory’s Lands Act and Forest Resources Act. The charges relate to work done last summer on the four-kilometre Skyline Trail near Fish Lake Road.

Last fall, a resident of the area complained about the trail. The territory’s lands branch investigated and found that parts of the trail were too wide. Permits are required to cut any trail wider than 1.5 metres, and some parts of the trail were 2.5 metres wide.

The club was also charged with cutting down willows without a permit.

The club has been ordered to pay a $1,725 fine. It also must complete remediation work on the trail this summer under the direction of the lands branch, president Anne Kennedy said in a release Tuesday. The board accepts this ruling, and will work with the government in making the plan, she said.