August 27, 2012

Recreational trail access planning seeks public input

Recreational trail access planning seeks public input

The Shuswap, British Columbia – Regional work to identify priorities for improved management of front and backcountry recreational trail use is looking for public input. Meetings will be held starting next week seeking direction on both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail access.

 

Public information and input sessions are currently scheduled for:

  • Thursday, August 30th, 7-9 pm at Swansea Point Fire Hall,
  • Wednesday, September 5th, 7-9 pm at Malakwa Community Hall
  • Tuesday, September 11th, 7-9 pm at Falkland Community Hall
  • Wednesday, September 12th, 7-9 pm at Blind Bay Hall
  • Wednesday, September 19th, 7-9 pm at Celista Community Hall

Additional sessions in other areas of the Shuswap will be posted shortly.

 

All are invited to attend. The agenda will include a short information presentation on the Regional Recreational Access and Trail planning process at 7 pm, followed by an opportunity to help update the regional recreational access routes and trails inventory, and highlight those areas that should be considered a priority for improved recreational management.

 

As well, individual submissions are being invited and can be submitted through the new trail report hotline attrailreport@shuswaptrails.com. Send comments on the following questions: What are the recreational trails and routes that you consider a priority for improved access management? And why?

 

The Shuswap Recreational Access and Trail Management Planning process will include an inventory of existing and proposed recreational trails throughout the watershed, an environmental audit of those trail systems, First Nations reviews, community participation to establish management priorities, and the creation of a Shuswap Trails Protocol to give direction to future planning and management.

 

The process has been initiated by leadership from the Shuswap Lakes bands of the Secwepemc First Nation, the Shuswap Trail Alliance, Columbia Shuswap Regional District Parks, Shuswap Tourism, and the Provincial Recreational Sites and Trails Office.

 

Local organizations are invited to assist with the Recreational Access and Trail Management Plan. To get involved call 250-832-0102, and watch for further background information to come.


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