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HOT OFF THE PRESS. . .

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The Shuswap Trail Alliance is hiring - receiving resumes for the 2015 season. Click here for Trail Crew positions. Click here for 2015 Summer Student position (pending funding through Canada Summer Jobs program). Deadline for all applications: April 2, 2015. 

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BUILD-A-METRE-OF-TRAIL - the annual fundraiser for Shuswap Trails is back. Check it out here. And even better, make a donation here.

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Check out Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo's recent official statement to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia acknowledging the collective work of Shuswap Trail Alliance partners here.

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PUBLIC CALL TO ACTION:

Shuswap-North Okanagan Rail Trail concept needs your support! Send your expressions of support to regional leadership.

  • Check out the latest news regarding Splatsin's successful negotiations with CP Rail here.

  • Check out the info brief here.

  • Additional background information from CP Rail here.

  • A sample email/letter of Expression of Support including key contact names and email addresses here.

  • And be sure to also send support to the Okanagan Rail-Trail Initiative working on securing the abandoned CN line to the South.

The Shuswap Trail Alliance is working to park cars and get people on bicycle and feet. . .and paddles, and skis, and snowshoes, and horses, and. . .

The Shuswap Trail Alliance exists as a collaboration of partners working together to create purpose built, sanctioned and sustainable trails throughout the Shuswap region. The Alliance motto is, "Well-designed, well-signed, well-maintained, well-promoted". We see success as people living actively, enjoying nature, and demonstrating a commitment to sustainability.

10 Successful Years

The STA has taken on over 170 projects in the past ten years, and written or contributed to over 56 community trail plans, publications, guidelines, research reports and public documents. Its a team effort that has engaged over 200 groups, organizations and businesses; and involves 1000's of hours of volunteer time and the incredible support of a host or regional partners and sponsors. Here's a snapshot:

  • Over 170 completed projects valued at more than $1.8 million in amenity assets
  • 56 documented studies, publications, guidelines, and subsidized community trail plans
  • 9 signature trail systems, 27 trails, 8 major upgrades, over 600 signs, and 5000 blazes
  • Totalling over 90 km of new trails impacting 12 communities throughout the Shuswap
  • 5 major stewardship plans, 8 adaptive environmental plans, 1 strategic business plan
  • Creation of the environmental adaptive trail monitoring program
  • A facilitated community-development model for collaboration (being copied by others)
  • Development of accountable working protocols with Secwepemc Nation leadership
  • Research and development of regional trail, sign, and environmental design standards
  • Collaboration with Shuswap Tourism on destination marketing and development
  • Unprecedented provincial attention as an emerging leader in regional development
  • Leveraged National and International film and magazine media exposure for the region
  • Doubled every local dollar raised with matching grant investments
  • Doubled every dollar invested with matching in-kind investment
  • Over $1,700,000 in leveraged cash investments distributed throughout eight regional communities,
  • including over $130,000 raised at the February Fundraiser since 2007
  • Over $1,700,000 in local community in-kind investment and leadership
  • Creation of the Trail Stewards Program and trailreport@shuswaptrails.com hotline
  • More than 150 volunteer trail stewardship events totalling over 9200 hours worth over $140,000
  • assembled equipment valued at over $55,000 to support future volunteer trail work
  • local employment and work experience training for over 100 people since 2006
  • over 200 local business sponsors (includes 25 milestone partners donating $10,000+)
  • Establishment of www.shuswaptrails.com as the regional online trails guide
  • Fifth edition printing of the Shuswap Trails guide with Shuswap Tourism
  • Launch of the Fall Hiking, Routes and Blues, and Winter Big Foot interpretive programs
  • And leadership support for experiential eco-tourism, ecological education, active transportation and recreation 

The Shuswap Trail Alliance was recognized as the 2012 BC Parks Volunteer Organization of the Year, and is a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award.

Partners and Sponsors

The Shuswap Trail Alliance acknowledges the Milestone contributions ($10,000 or more) of Western Economic Diversification Canada, Services Canada, the National Trail Coalition Federal Trail Fund, the Province of British Columbia including Recreation Sites and Trails BC and BC Parks, the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District Areas C, D, E, & F, the City of Salmon Arm, the District of Sicamous, North Okanagan Regional District Area F, the City of Enderby, the Village of Chase, Shuswap Tourism, Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union, the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm, Community Futures Shuswap, Thompson Rivers University School of Tourism, the Shuswap Community Foundation's Browne Johnson Legacy Fund, Geoff and Judith Benson Family Endowment, and Robin Jackson Environmental Funds, Shuswap Lady Striders, Mountain Equipment Coop, BC Parks Community Legacy Fund, over 200 regional businesses including Skookum Cycle and Ski, Waterways Houseboats, Twin Anchors Houseboats, Lakeside Insurance, EZ Rock Radio, and Tim Hortons, and the 100s of individuals and volunteers from around the Shuswap who are helping to make our communities healthier places to live.

 
What's New
Skimikin Lake Trails Clean Up
Sun Apr 19, 2015 9:30 am  -  Apr 19, 2015
@ Skimikin Lake Rec Site
EQ Trail Association's annual spring clean-up of the Skimikin Lake Rec Site and surrounding trail system.
South Canoe Trail Brush and Clear Day
Sun Apr 19, 2015 @ 8:30 am
@ South Canoe Trail Head
Brush and Clear Blitz on the South Canoe Trail System
$35,000 raised to kick start 2015 Shuswap Trail projects
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
News Release February 10, 2015  $35,000 raised to kick start 2015 Shuswap Trail projects  The Shuswap, British Columbia – The Shuswap showed up full force last Friday to raise $35,000 in support of Shuswap Trails at the 10th Annual Auction and Dance.
Build-a-Metre-of-Trail is back for 10th Anniversary
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
News Release February 02, 2015 Build-a-Metre-of-Trail is back for 10th Anniversary The Shuswap, British Columbia – Communities around the Shuswap are continuing to rise to the challenge of redesigning how we think about moving through the landscape.
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