Eskers Provincial Park was established in 1987. The park is 4044 hectares and is located 40 kilometers northwest of Prince George, British Columbia. The name of the park comes from the unique sand and gravel ridges – eskers – created from ancient glacier meltwater channels. Eskers is an ideal location for research and outdoor recreation activities such as hiking, walking, canoeing, fishing, wildlife viewing, snow-shoeing, and cross country skiing.
About ten years ago BC Parks acquired a piece of private property that was located within the parks boundaries, known as Jago Field.The land was previously used for haying, and is popular among locals for a variety of both summer and winter activities. The section of land is located across from Circle Lake, and is currently blocked by a gate.
BC Parks is working in cooperation with faculty members and students from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) to restore this area to a more natural state. The objective is to convert this land from an old hay field into a natural forested environment that recognizes climate change. To do this volunteers and employees will reconnect streams, plant a diverse array of native vegetation and tree species, remove old structures, and build artificial animal habitats. These changes will be implemented within the next few years.
If you are interested in assisting with the restoration efforts, please contact Pam Wright (UNBC) or BC Parks (Omineca region).
Progress on restoration in the park will be posted on this blog!