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HOT OFF THE PRESS. . .

Be Bear and Cougar Aware lots of reports of bear and cougars on and around regional trails. Check for trail information and reports here.

Read our Bear Spray Basics Article here.

Remember to take a stick and flick debris from the trail. If you see anything of concern report it to trailreport@shuswaptrails.com.

Shuswap Regional Trails Strategy
& Shuswap Trails Roundtable Update

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.

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Our thanks to everyone who made this year's Annual Shuswap Trails Celebration and Fundraiser such a success - $42,000 raised for Shuswap Trails in 2016! Check out our remarkable 2016 sponsor list here. And give some good karma to all our event volunteers, partners, and sponsors here. Remarkable!

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And if you missed this year's Shuswap Trail Alliance ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on March 2nd at Okanagan College, Salmon Arm Campus. Check out the progress report package and slide presentation on 2015 and the 2016 season to come - report package here and slide presentation here.

Plus check out the special report on the Torres del Paine, Patagonia partnership through the very cool presentation assembled by our super-awesome Facebook Coordinator, D'Arcy McLeod, using photos, film footage, and the CBC Interview with STA Project Manager, Veda Roberge, and Technical Trails Specialist, Sutra Brett. Click here.

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What's your vision to improve bicycle infrastructure in the Shuswap? - check out the ideas/input sheet here. Fill out and return the sheet or email comments to info@shuswaptrails.com. And get inspired with this link to ideas and resources at www.peopleforbikes.org.

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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.

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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.

11 Successful Years

The STA has taken on over 230 projects in the past eleven years, and written or contributed to over 57 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
  • 11 signature trail systems, 27 trails, 8 major upgrades, over 600 signs, and 5000 blazes
  • Totalling over 100 km of new trails impacting 12 communities throughout the Shuswap
  • 6 major stewardship plans, 9 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 $2,000,000 in leveraged cash investments distributed throughout eight regional communities,
  • including over $200,000 raised at the February Fundraiser since 2007
  • Over $1,800,000 in local community in-kind investment and leadership
  • Creation of the Trail Stewards Program and trailreport@shuswaptrails.com hotline
  • More than 200 volunteer trail stewardship events totalling over 13,000 hours worth over $200,000
  • 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
  • Sixth 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.

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.

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
The Shuswap Outdoor Learning Foundation Dance, Fundraiser, Silent Auction, and Gear Swap
Fri Sep 30, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
@ SASCU Recreation Centre
How about a fun evening of dancing and socializing while supporting the
growth of outdoor learning in the Shuswap?
Cemetery Clean-up, Open House & Luncheon
Sat Oct 1, 2016   10:00 am - 2:00 pm
@ Cemetary - Lower Reserve
Come join the Adams Lake and Neskonlith Bands for a Volunteer Clean-up of the lower reserve Cemetery, followed by an Open House and a Luncheon.
Shuswap Naturalist/SABNES Invasive Weed Pull
Wed Oct 5, 2016 @ 8:45 am
@ Brighouse Nature Centre
Come join Shuswap Naturalist/SABNES for an Invasive Species Weed Pull on the SABNES Lakeshore Trail Wednesday, Oct. 5th. Meet at the Brighouse Nature Centre in the Wharf Parking Lot at 8:45
White Lake Lift and Plant
Wed Oct 12, 2016   1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
@ Massey's Property
Work day purpose: To pull up the benthic barrier placed in the spring (in four locations on Little White Lake), and plant native species in the patches. Next spring they will treat more patches (cut the plant way back and remove all vegetation matter from the area) and place the matting in the new treatment plot.
Trail-Mix: Artists, photographers, and guides explore the Shuswap in latest gallery exhibition
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
News Release July 5, 2016   Trail-Mix: Artists, photographers, and guides explore the Shuswap in latest gallery exhibition   The Shuswap, British Columbia - The latest project from the Shuswap District Arts Council joins forces with the Shuswap Trail Alliance to bring together over 40 participating contributors in a remarkable exploration of the Shuswap natural and cultural landscape through its diverse trail system.
Brand new Pocket Park gets kids out on bikes and trails
Friday, May 20, 2016
News Release May 20, 2016   Brand new Pocket Park gets kids out on bikes and trails   The Shuswap, British Columbia - It's official! The brand new CSRD Mt Tuam Community Bike Park is open in Blind Bay. The pocket park, funded and built by CSRD Parks in collaboration with the Shuswap Trail Alliance, is the perfect play spot for novice mountain bikers to practice riding on trails with a short easy green loop and a slightly more challenging but still short blue loop, plus an up trail to get you back to the start to try again.
 

 
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