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Trail Standards & Resources


Trail Design Standards

The Shuswap Trail Design Standards help all the partners throughout the region provide a consistent level of quality while creating a variety of options based on trail user's needs. They are based on the Provincial Trail Standards, The Whistler Trail Design Standards, Natural Surface Trails by Design written by Troy Scott Parker, and the Trail Solutions Manuals published by IMBA.

The Shuswap Trail Sign Style Guide grew out of a shared agreement by regional partners to establish a unifying trail wayfinding sign message throughout the Shuswap that could be adapted for use in local communities and trail systems. They were developed in conjunction with the Provincial Trail Sign Standards for the Province of British Columbia (See: J. Hawkings, Sign Guidelines. Ministry of Tourism, Sport, and the Arts, British Columbia. December 7, 2007)

Shuswap Trail Sign Standards: Update Samples - Use of the Shuswap Trail Sign Style Guidelines have evolved since first publication in 2008. Most notable was the combination of individual plates into a more aesthetically cohesive, cost efficient, and easier to mount single plate. The Update Samples provide photographs showing some of the variations and application of the Sign Style Guidelines. Watch for further update samples and a complete update of the Sign Style Guidelines to come.

Shuswap Trail Rating System and Icons - The trail rating system is used to classify trail difficulty. The icons are from the Whistler Standards adopted by the Province of BC (MTSA, 2007; Whistler Standards, 2003) While intended for Mountain Bike trails, where hike/cycle/equestrian trails exist and only one rating system is feasible, these icons are the default. Additional rating systems are being developed for hike, EQ, and winter only trails, but a single overall framework provides a basic level of consistency to work with. Watch for further updates in this area as the Province of BC Recreation Sites and Trails office works on revised rating standards.

Shuswap Trail Environmental Screening Tool (T.E.S.T.) (Note: if you see a "Please Wait" notice when clicking on this link, don't despair. Right click on this link, then click on Save Link As to download and save the document anyways. The pdf will still save and perform as it should.  If you have issues with your text saving in Chrome, please try in Explorer. Sorry for this glitch!) - The Shuswap trail T.E.S.T. is a fillable report form designed to collect important early stage environmental information about new trail projects, including building several key maps and endangered species lists. We are proud to be working with Provincial Recreation Sites and Trails BC to develop this tool into the latest fillable pdf version from it's original version as a series of linked excel tables. Also check: the Shortform scan, the Environmental Mitigation Matrix Table, the Monitor Form, and the Legislation Guidelines review. And also be sure to check the links to our partners at the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society for additional resources. And for those interested here's a sample TEST screening, and the accompanying maps (note: we've split the wildlife/species at risk map into 3 to show overlapping layers, and added a close up overview map), and Red/Blue Species at Risk list.

Sample Shuswap Trails Environmental Screening Reports and Adaptive Monitoring Plans: (Note: older screening reports prior to the T.E.S.T. PDF format follow a formal report format. These provide a good overview of the intent of the screening tool to guide planning and management of trails. Accompanying Adaptive Monitoring Plans show how the screening report can be translated into simple monitoring plans.)

Shuswap Trail Maintenance Standards - Shuswap Trail maintenance guidelines follow provincial standards (Recreation Sites and Trails and BC Parks.) Following standard maintenance guidelines from pruning branches to broadcasting blow down ensures consistent safety along trails, lowers fire fuel loads, and improves the visual appeal of trails. From stick flicking on a walk to joining a weekend volunteer trail event - there's a stewardship role for you.


Volunteer Trail Stewardship Resources:

The Shuswap Trail Alliance Trail Stewardship Program supports local volunteer trail stewards throughout the region. Following are links to some of the forms in the volunteer toolbox. Contact 250-832-0102, or email info@suswaptrails.com to inquire about other ways the STA can support your volunteer efforts.


Guided Trail Programs

Shuswap Trail Alliance sanctioned programs are organized by trail stewards, partner organizations, outdoor educators, and recreational trail groups. The following leaders resources assist in ensuring appropriately planned, authorized, and guided field programs.

Guided Trail Programs: Risk Plan - outlines the risk management plan for STA sanctioned guided trail programs, including leader planning check lists.

Daily Check List - leaders check list to ensure preparation is complete prior to meeting participants

Hike Registration & Waiver/Permission Form - a template for registering participants.

Hiker Sign-In Sheet - a form to list all participants, voluntarily disclose and monitor potential health concerns, and ensure group count is maintained.

Pre-Hike Safety Check List - trailhead safety check list for leaders to review with all participants prior to conducting the trail program.

Volunteer Time Tracking Sheet - form for tracking all volunteer guide/host leadership hours for a program.

Accident/Incident Report Form - form for recording, reporting on, and ensuring follow-up/evaluation is conducted following an incident or accident on a group program.

 

 
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Annual Shuswap Trail Alliance Fundraiser/Dance
Fri Feb 7, 2020   6:30 pm - 1:00 am
@ SASCU Community Centre
More Information to be Announced!
Salty Dog
Sat May 9, 2020 @ 9:30 am
@ South Canoe Trail Head Parking Lot
Riders from near and far gather for the annual spring classic at our very own South Canoe Trail System for what has become one of the largest mountain bike events in BC, and certainly one of the most anticipated. Hosted by our good friends at Skookum Cycle and Ski!
New Shuswap Trails Ready to Explore
Friday, August 2, 2019
News Release: August 2, 2019 New Shuswap Trails ready to explore   The Shuswap, British Columbia – Summer trail crews and stewards have been working hard in the Shuswap. And their labours are once again bearing fruit. New trails have shown up in the South Canoe trail system east of Salmon Arm, and the new Rocky Road addition has been opened on the hillside east of the Village of Chase with much cheering from local trail champions.
Governance partners move planning and technical consultation forward for Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail Trail
Friday, July 26, 2019
Media Release: July 26, 2019   Governance partners move planning and technical consultation forward for Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail Trail   The Shuswap – North Okanagan – Splatsin of the Secwepemc Nation, British Columbia –  Planning for the Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail Trail continues to move forward with adoption of a communications plan and engagement of technical expertise at the recent Rail Trail Governance Advisory meeting on July 19th.
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