Anna Hill steps up to build bear-resistant garbage sheds

Anna Hill offers to build bear-resistant garbage sheds for people with no place to store garbage.

Anna Hill (left) with Lexie Ast and her new bear-resistant garbage shed.

Anna Hill (left) with Lexie Ast and her new bear-resistant garbage shed.

When news spread that nine bears were killed in Revelstoke in one week, Anna Hill decided to be pro-active. Rather than get on the social media soap box, she decided to use her carpentry skills to make people bear-resistant garbage sheds.

“It started as an idea that if we had more bear bins then it would be less attractive to the bears,” she told me. “Not everyone has a garage or shop or the skills to build one, which I happen to have.”

With carpentry experience in hand, and time at home as she cares for her young child, she decided to use her skills to make the sheds. She and her husband Lando Hill, who is the foreman for Hills Carpentry, came up with a design and they built the first box last week.

The design is fairly simple. The boxes can store two large garbage cans, have doors that open in front, and a slanted tin roof designed to shed snow in winter.

“I had some people doubting I could do this. It’s nails and screws and a table saw — everyone can do this,” Anna Hill said.

She posted the idea on the Facebook group RevySell and it took off. She offered to build the sheds for free if people supplied the materials. She had so many responses, she had to shut off her phone. People that want to build a shed themself can get the design from her and pick up the supplies.

Support also came from local stores. Home Hardware is offering 20 per cent off all the supplies need and Rona is also donating material.

“If someone has the skill to build it themselves, they can go in and get the discount,” Hill said.

She built the first shed for Lexie & Rey Ast, who recently moved into a home on Colbeck Road in Columbia Park.

“I feel that it would be a good preventative measure seeing as there’s lots of bears roaming Columbia Park and I have children,” said Lexi.

The Asts do have a shed at their home, but it’s filled with toys, bikes and more. Lexie admitted they left their garbage outside, unprotected for a few weeks after moving in. “Unfortunately there was nothing else I could do but keep the garbage indoors, which is not an option with smelly diapers and such,” she said.

Their new shed solves their storage problem.

Hill had six confirmed orders when I met with her last week. She is organizing a work bee with some skilled friends to build the sheds for this Saturday, Sept. 3. She is always looking for more people to donate their time to help out.

“I’m hoping other people join in and start taking this seriously,” she said. “We have the ability to change our environment and bears don’t.”

If you’re interested in a bear shed, or want to help out, contact Hill at 250-814-3161.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Revelstoke is a mecca for snowmobiling. (Photo from Revelstoke Snowmobiling Club)
Program aims to reduce search and rescue calls in Revelstoke for snowmobilers

The area has the most calls for the sport in the province

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
81 new cases of COVID-19 detected in Interior Health Friday

One additional staff member at Kelowna long-term care home tests positive, no new deaths

Downtown Revelstoke. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Revelstoke COVID-19 cases tick slowly up to 49

An increase of only three cases since Nov. 30

A snow moon rises over Mt. Cheam in Chilliwack on Feb. 8, 2020. Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 is Mountain Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Dec. 6 to 12

Mountain Day, Dewey Decimal System Day and Lard Day are all coming up this week

A laboratory technician holds a dose of a COVID-19 novel coronavirus vaccine candidate that's ready for trial on monkeys at the National Primate Research Center of Thailand. (Mladen Antonov | AFP)
WEB POLL: Will you take a vaccine for COVID-19?

Doses are expected to arrive in the new year

Travis Hirlaka, Vernon
PHOTOS: Sunrise paints Okanagan skies

Residents in the Okanagan captured stunning shots of a colourful start to Saturday

Robert Riley Saunders. (File)
First Nations Leadership Council demands justice for victims of B.C. social worker

Union of BC Indian Chiefs calls actions of Robert Saunders ‘nothing short of complete depravity’

(City of West Kelowna)
Large housing development in Central Okanagan back on the table

Council considering rezoning to accommodate 184 housing units, project hopes for ~933 by completion

Staff and students at Vernon’s Fulton Secondary School were evacuated due to an electrical short that sent one person to hospital Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (Kerry Hutter photo)
Vernon high school evacuated, one person injured by electrical short

Incident at Clarence Fulton Secondary forced brief evacuation Friday afternoon

Two Canadian petitions are asking to have elected officials removed from office. (Pixabay.com)
COLUMN: Petitions show loss of faith in democratic process

Online petitions from third-party sources have taken aim at elected officials in Canada

Chinook salmon spawning in the Fraser River near Tete Jeune Cache. ((Shane Kalyn photo, property of the Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance)
North-Okanagan Shuswap MP petitions government to reform salmon management

Mel Arnold tables petition to allow more angler access to non-threatened Fraser River chinook salmon

Shuswap Cider Company has applied for a licence that would accommodate a cider manufacturing facility, a tasting room and patio/lounge area at Westgate Market in Salmon Arm. (File photo)
Cider manufacturing facilty, tasting room and patio proposed for Salmon Arm

Council asked to raise a virtual glass to a licence for a cidery and amenities in Westgate Mall

Most Read