Newsletter March 30, 2013
To our FoBL members and our community
Many of us are hikers/walkers, birders and allround outdoor enthusiasts. We need trails to get 'out there' and enjoy this beautiful area of ours. We, the directors, have been working with Recreation Sites and Trails B.C. (Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) to achieve this end. It is hoped that we shall be able to have these trails registered which would give them some protection from being decommissioned. These trails would be ‘non- motorized’ type trails. ATVBC and snowmobile clubs are involved in registering trails that involve motorized units.
In order to register these trails with the Province, we must enter into an agreement with them. We were given a package to peruse from the said Ministry via their Rec.Site and Trails B.C. rep. The package explains the “Grant of Agreement”, “Operating schedule” and “Recreational Trail Operational Standartds schedule” all in depth.
Before signing on, we are presently looking at liability issues (we have had 2 pro bono sessions with a lawyer) and obtaining insurance for same. I have been in contact with other “trail agreement holders” in the province and have asked for their input with regards to some of the points in the package.
As you will remember, the trail we are working on is the Ice Caves Trail. It was stated in a previous email that the trail was in fact “registered&lrdquo;. We received the package in December and realized there was quite a bit of foot work to do (see above) in order to sign on and become managers and maintainers of “registered” trails in B.C. In fact this trail is not yet registered.
Up-dates on the trail project will be sent out by e-mail and on our webb site.
Mozie Glueck, President
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