Shuswap Trail News – Oct 7

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At this time of Thanksgiving celebration our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation.

The STA TEAM would like to say THANK YOU to everyone for all your hard work and the countless volunteer hours that everyone so graciously donates. YOU are making a difference – one trail at a time.

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TEACHERS / INSTRUCTORS – Want to give your students an amazing opportunity?

Shuswap Trail Alliance (STA) still has open spots with our trained trail crew to book a class or afternoon out with Mother Nature building trail.  This is a perfect way to give our youth some ownership of the trails and take a legacy into adulthood.

For more information please call Lori 250-833-6131

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Here are the highlights:

  • Important Bulletins
  • SEAS – ‘Big Trees Saved’ book launch – Oct 15
  • South Canoe Logging update and Voly Day – Oct 19
  • Enderby Cliffs Voly Day – Oct 25
  • Shuswap Outdoor Club – Oct 25/26 to Nov 22
  • Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride – Nov 14
  • The Banff Mountain Film Fest – November 22 and 23
  • Shuswap Bicycle Club’s – weekly and recurring rides
  • Book a TrailRider for accessibility on trails
  • Summer trail reports to trailreport@shuswaptrails.com

Here are the details:

IMPORTANT BULLETINS:

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Gorge Creek

October 1, 2014: The Gorge Creek Trail is currently CLOSED until further notice due to public safety concerns. Numerous dangerous trees stand in the trail corridor, the bridge over the creek is out due to spring flood damage, and also of concern is the safety risk of crossing the Trans Canada Highway to access the trial head. Please do not cross the highway to the trail. We endeavor to address these safety concerns and reopen the trail in the future. (There is hope that a mitigation plan will be developed and the rail can reopen next spring).

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RAIL TRAIL UPDATE

  • As the days get closer and closer to negotiations between Splatsin and CP Rail to hopefully come to an end – local communities need to have working groups ready
  • Shuswap Trail Alliance (STA) is calling out for help to campaign this legacy
  • HAVE YOU voiced your support????

For more information, a sample support letter, list of leaderships email address’s to send your support letter to please go to http://www.shuswaptrailalliance.com –  Click here  – PUBLIC CALL TO ACTION

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Is Canada missing the boat on cycling tourists?

Small towns win

  • Studies show visiting cyclists tend to spend more on food and services than a traveller passing through in a car. After hours of pedalling, they have raging appetites — and feel more inclined to pamper themselves.
  • Also, smaller towns tend to gain more from a rise in cycle tourism because these travellers are more likely to venture away from big-city attractions than those in a car, research shows.
  • Some smaller communities are taking the initiative to paint themselves as cyclist-friendly destinations.
  • Read more: CBC News

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We want to walk: Report finds strong preference for walkable neighbourhoods

Read more: Vancouver Sun

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Haney House Spooktacular – Oct 25 & 26 – are looking for trail guides that will escort their visitors through the spooked out lower trail system on from 4-9

If interested please call Tara @ 250-832-5243

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Shuswap Environmental Action Society (SEAS) – helped to establish 25,000 hectares of protected BC Park land in our region. Come out and celebrate the launch of the new book ‘Big Trees Saved’ by well known author Deanna Kawatski, at First United Church Hall, Salmon Arm.

  • Oct 15th, 7pm

For more information call Jim Cooperman – 250-679-3693

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SOUTH CANOE – UPDATE

LOGGING:

October 1 2014:  Hauling is finished except for 1 Cedar clean up load that will get done with a self-loading logging truck when the weather clears up. Hopefully later this week. The final piece of equipment (log loader) is scheduled to be moved today and once that is done the active hauling signs will be taken down. There will be an excavator doing some clean up but the primary logging phases are done for the season.

Voly Day Report:

This report from last Sunday:  Roughly 15 people came out to help finish two sections under repair on the Prudential trail on Sunday, September 28. A group of BC Backcountry Horsemen made up most of the volunteers. They were very keen to help, and for some, it was their first time on the trail. The bridge closest to the cut-block on Prudential is now open. The other bridge has the ramps and trail connectors completed, with two missing deck boards the only thing holding it back from being open. Once the boards are installed, we will be able to open this section as well. Thanks to everyone who came out for their hard work.

And thanks go to Jim Maybee for leading this day!

  • The next work party is this Sunday, October 19.  Meet at the parking lot; bring gloves, weather-appropriate clothing, water & snacks, shears, and shovels if you have them.
  • We have planned for an information session November 27th to update you all on the 2014 progress and 2015 plans.

Watch for location of the information session in a later bulletin. – Isabel Reinertson

Please go check www.shuswaptrails.com  – click here – for any updates

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Enderby Cliffs – Oct 25th – MUSCLES of all sizes NEEDED – We will need: wood, ½ gabion baskets, geo-tech materials and tools moved up the trail to the working site.

  • MEET – 9 am Enderby Cliffs main parking area/trail head

If interested please call 250-832-0102

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Shuswap Outdoor Club – Oct 25/26 to Nov 22

  • Sat Oct 25 or Sun Oct 26 (mainly dependent on weather) – Myra Canyon Provincial Park SE of Kelowna.  KVR Rail Trail. 7km in, 7km return. Suitable of all ages.  Contact Ed (250-832-1861) at least one week in advance if interested.
  • Nov 22 (Sat) – Annual potluck social plus show/tell (Presentations of members’ activities – any kind as long as it relates to the Great Outdoors). If presenting photos, please contact us before Sat. Visitors Welcome. Contact Gary (250-832-6522 or Connie (250-832-8729)

For more information call 250-832-8729

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Warren Miller Entertainment’s Ticket to Ride – Nov 14

  • Salmar Classic Theatre

For more information call Skookum Cycle & Ski – 250-832-7368

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The Banff Mountain Film Fest – November 22, 23

Search & Rescue presents The Banff Mountain Film Fest for TWO nights this year. Come on out and support this very important fundraiser. Search & Rescue make everything we do possible.

  • TWO NIGHTS – Evening shows
  • Tickets & info – Salmon Arm Wearabouts (250-832-5100)

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SHUSWAP BICYCLE CLUB’s –. For more information on recurring rides and clinics please visit www.shuswapbike.com under Events and Rides

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Book a TrailRider – Help get your friends and family with mobility challenges out on Shuswap Trails! The TrailRider program provides two TrailRiders (single wheeled chariot for an individual guided by two sherpas) available for anyone to book for the day (for a nominal $10 donation) The TrailRiders are remarkable, so well balanced, and easy to navigate on any trail (from easy flats like Salmon Arm’s Raven foreshore trail to steeper ventures like Enderby Cliffs.) Call to book today. Additional donations to purchase the third and final TrailRider are welcomed!  Email debram2@telus.net or call Debra at 250-832-1353.  www.shuswaptrailrider.com

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Keep those trail reports coming! – We need you out on trails! Use the one-stop clearing house to report trail clean-up needs, issues or repairs you see, or clean-up work you’ve done for all trails throughout the Shuswap to trailreport@shuswaptrails.com or online at www.shuswaptrails.com.  The trail report hotline acts as a clearing house to forward your notice to the relevant authorities and volunteers.

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And keep that stick flicking going. . . Get out and stick-flick twigs and blow down off the trails! You can help by: a) just going for a walk with a stick to flick branches and twigs from the trails, b) contacting the trailreport hotline and getting assigned to conduct a formal inventory, c) coming out to one of the posted volunteer trail clean-up events, and d) hosting your very own volunteer trail day on a trail near you (contact trailreport@shuswaptrails.com to find out how).

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