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Shuswap Trail Strategy Brief - updated Febraury 4, 2011

In November 2004, regional stakeholders in the Shuswap met to consider a proposal by local trail advocates envisioning the creation of an internationally recognized natural trail and waterway network promoting environmental stewardship, sustainable economics, and a reputation for healthy living and recreation.

Catalysts for action included results from the 2002 Shuswap Tourism Opportunity Strategy, Columbia Shuswap Regional District Parks and Trail planning underway throughout the region, an ambitious proposal put forward by the Adventure Okanagan Cooperative to link the Okanagan Shuswap valley under a single extended trail route brand (the 5 Rings Trail), and new provincial emphasis on healthy communities, tourism enhancement, and preparation for the 2010 Olympics.

A steering advisory was formed including representation from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Little Shuswap Indian Band, the Switzmalph Cultural Society, the City of Salmon Arm, the District of Sicamous, Community Futures Development Corporation, Salmon Arm Economic Development Society, Sicamous and District Chamber of Commerce, Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce, Shuswap Tourism and Economic Development, the Larch Hills Nordic Society, Shuswap Outdoors, Shuswap Naturalists, Salmon Arm Greenways, BC Backcountry Horsemen, the Shuswap Mountain Bike community, business, and accommodation operators.

The Shuswap Hut and Trail Alliance was formally incorporated as a legal non-profit society in November 2005 out of a year long study to examine the viability of the vision, and consider how communities, organizations and governing bodies might work collaboratively toward a linked system of natural trail, hut-to-hut, and waterway routes for walking, hiking, mountain biking, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, and paddling throughout the Shuswap.

The full Shuswap Trail Strategy, first presented in November 2006, proposed an ambitious 5-year development strategy that would link existing trail plans throughout the Shuswap watershed into a unified message of active communities, ecological commitment, and welcome. (SHTA, 2006) Through the Shuswap Trail Alliance, community partners – First nations, municipalities, the regional district, recreational clubs, environmental groups, businesses, industry, and community members – were invited to come together and coordinate their efforts toward the creation of trails and greenways throughout the region.

Three and a half years later, the Shuswap Trail Alliance had evolved into a strategic meeting point for leadership of regional trail development and management. Milestones included:

  1. extensive regional consultation,
  2. research into best practises of trail design and management,
  3. preparation of a long range comprehensive strategic vision and plan, (SHTA 2006)
  4. creation of a 5 year business plan in consultation with Thompson Rivers University School of Tourism
  5. identification of over 300 kilometres of proposed trail and greenway corridor throughout the watershed
  6. researched and written standards manual for regional trail construction and signage
  7. regional commitments to adopt unified trail design and sign standards,
  8. facilitation of enhanced collaborative working agreements between local governments,
  9. partnerships on new trail development projects including the City of Salmon Arm and CSRD Parks,
  10. a growing community volunteer base and monthly regional volunteer trail building events,
  11. contracted engagement of professional trail development services and expertise
  12. training programs in sustainable trail plotting, design and construction,
  13. authorized construction of over 15 kilometres of new public recreational nature trail
  14. connection of the first 35 kilometre long distance signature route connecting Salmon Arm and Sicamous,
  15. facilitation of multi-use cooperation and planning between motorized and non-motorized trail user groups
  16. new program partnerships including the Fall Family Hiking series and school service learning programs
  17. and leveraged financial and in-kind investment between 2005 and 2007 estimated in excess of $500,000 with support from over 110 local businesses, residents, service organizations, regional government, the Province of BC, Western Economic Diversification Canada, Services Canada’s Job Creation Partnership Program, and the first milestone corporate sponsorship from Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union.

The Shuswap Trail Strategy is a regional success story. Support continues to grow. New funding investment to conduct planning and organizational management of the project is now essential for its long-term viability. A copy of the Phase 1 Strategic Report and other studies and project updates are available here.

For a copy of the most recent Shuswap Trails Background Brief click here

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Shuswap Trails: Strategic Planning. . .

Several Key Strategic Planning Processes and resulting Documents have been instrumental in the evolution of the Shuswap Trail Strategy and Shuswap Trail Alliance: (Follow the links below)

2002 Shuswap Tourism Opportunity Strategy

2006 Shuswap Trails Concept Study

2007 Shuswap Trails Strategy

2010 Shuswap Tourism Strategy

2010 Shuswap Trails Adaptive Management Planning Tool

2011 Shuswap Trails Protocol

BC Trails Strategy

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The Shuswap Regional Trails Strategy & Round Table

Regional partners throughout the Shuswap have been working hard to develop the first ever multi-user (motorized and non-motorized) trail strategy for the region that includes appropriate acknowledgement of Secwepemc Nation territory, accountable protocols for planning and approvals, a focus on ecology and access management priorities, and a commitment to work together. After 1000s of hours of work by hundreds of leaders, the strategy is live. The result is a renewed commitment to work together on management priorities throughout the Shuswap and the creation of the Shuswap Trails Roundtable formally launched this month. It's a milestone for the region setting a new direction for how we live, move, and relate with each other and the land.  Check out the Shuswap Regional Trails Strategy here, the accompanying priorities map here(For background on the final edition of the Strategy, check out the June 17th Regional Trails Meeting summary notes here. The June 17th notes reflect feedback from regional leadership on the draft strategy and were incorporated into the final version of the Regional Trails Strategy.) And from the Shuswap Trails Roundtable gathering this month, check out the presentation slides on Cumulative Effects shared by Adams Lake Title and Rights Director, Dave Nordquist (here), and ALCES Landscape & Land Use Systems Ecologist, Barry Wilson (here); and the full Shuswap Trails Roundtable Meeting Summary here. Finally - review the 2016 Work Plan here, and to consider if your organization should become a partner in the Shuswap Regional Trails Strategy find a copy of the Letter of Understanding here. Watch for more progress notes to come. 

Annual Work Plan

Each year, an annual work plan is updated based on the Shuswap Trails Strategic Plan. Priorities for the Shuswap Trail Alliance's annual work plan are guided by direction from the regional trails strategy and roundtable, regional trail stewards, trail advisories, and Secwepemc, Provincial, Regional, and Municipal planning strategies, advisories, and leadership.

2015 Shuswap Trails Strategic Work Plan

 

 

 
What's New
South Canoe Trails Finish Days
Sat May 7, 2016   8:45 am - 3:30 pm
@ South Canoe Trail Head
help finish new trail and structures started at the May 1 Blitz
Share the Trails Workshop
Fri May 6, 2016 12:00 am  -  May 7, 2016
@ Prestige Harbourfront Resort
The annual gathering of provincial trails leadership sponsored by the Outdoor Recreation Council with the Horse Council of BC is hosted this year in the Shuswap by the Shuswap Trail Alliance.
Salmon Arm Bay Foreshore Trail Closed to Dogs during critical nesting season
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Shuswap Trail Alliance catches national media attention . . . in Chile
Monday, February 15, 2016
News Release February 15, 2016   Shuswap Trail Alliance catches national media attention . . . in Chile   The Shuswap, British Columbia - The Shuswap Trail Alliance just went international. STA technical trails specialists, Veda Roberge and Jacob (Sutra) Brett, were featured in a full page colour story in one of Chile's national newspapers, El Dia, last week.
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