Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) officials are hopeful that a key piece of equipment that recently went missing from the Sea to Sky Trail will be returned.
The infrared sensor from a trail traffic counter disappeared from the Nairn Falls Connector, near the disc golf course, sometime in the first two weeks of September. The SLRD will take back the piece of equipment with no questions asked, said parks and trails coordinator Allison Macdonald.
“It would be fantastic if somebody had some regrets and decided to bring it back,” said Macdonald.
The missing part connected to a data box and was well-hidden within a tree. Macdonald said it appeared to have been “carefully removed” and the possibility that wildlife made off with the equipment has been ruled out.
“I think somebody … saw the lens, wondered what it was and dug it out,” she said.
The estimated cost of replacing the equipment is around $600, said Macdonald, and the information it collects is very helpful to staff when it comes to trail maintenance purposes. Additionally, Macdonald noted that having details available about trail traffic is beneficial when applying for grant funding.
“It just gives you a little bit more of an edge when you have data to provide,” said Macdonald.
The missing sensor is useless without the remaining parts to the traffic counter, said Macdonald. Anyone with information about the missing part is encouraged to contact Macdonald at email@example.com.