Nov 8th set to Celebrate Shuswap Trail Stewards – Shuswap Trail Alliance

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News Release

October 27, 2014

The Shuswap, British Columbia – Shuswap Trail Alliance volunteer stewards, trail team, and regional partners are hard at it to complete a number of trail projects as the snow line creeps down the hillsides.

Friends of trails throughout the Shuswap are invited to gather for the annual Shuswap Trail Stewards fall workshop and celebration, Saturday, November 8th, at the Little Mountain Field House in Salmon Arm. Annual review and planning workshop 1:30 – 5:30 pm, potluck thank you celebration 5:30 – 7:30 pm. All welcome!

Here’s a quick taste of some of the good trail stewardship to celebrate:

  • the new Mica connector was just completed on the Larch Hills Traverse,
  • a new uphill climb trail was completed in the Rubberhead trail system,
  • a new equestrian section and the triangle trail reroutes were just completed along with substantial fixes to Prudential trail at South Canoe with further fixes to come,
  • upgrade projects at Park Hill and Little Mountain are underway in Salmon Arm,
  • the new Mt Baldy Lookout trail was completed offering a spectacular place to experience the Shuswap fall colours,
  • a major new addition to CSRD Parks and trails is underway at the Perry River in the East Shuswap thanks to the legacy gift of Peter Jennings,
  • the Larch Hills Nordic Society just hosted their annual Take-Back-the-Trails day last Saturday heralding another great nordic ski season to come, and snowshoeing!
  • trail signs were installed and repaired throughout the region
  • 1000’s of trail meters were brushed, cleaned, and cared for throughout the region
  • and of course, the recently upgraded Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park trails are helping people discover the profound cycle of nature through the peak Sockeye Salmon Run thanks to the incredible volunteer efforts of the Adams River Salmon Society and BC Parks.

And that’s just a taste. . .as volunteers at Saturday’s work party on the Enderby Cliff’s Tplaqin Trail will affirm. Tplaqin is the Secwepemc name given the trail by Splatsin leadership.

The Shuswap Trail Alliance is working with BC Parks to fix up a little section just below the first lookout bench, which is locally known as “Mom’s Bench” (not quite three kilometers up the trail). It’s a section with lots of clay in the soil which gets very slippery in the rain.

The Shuswap Trail Alliance trail team will be headed in again later this week to complete the spot repairs in time for winter. (Yes – the snow is coming. Get those snowshoes ready!)

Volunteer trail stewards are always needed. Add your name to the call out list by emailing trailreport@shuswaptrails.com or calling 250-832-0102. More info on trails throughout the Shuswap at www.shuswaptrails.com.

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Photos: (taken by STA Project Manager, Kevin Clarkson) Volunteers Brad Case and Chris Stone, maneuver a special one wheeled carrier loaded with materials up the Enderby Cliff’s Tplaqin Trail to to fix up a little section just below the first lookout bench, which is locally known as “Mom’s Bench”. It’s a section with lots of clay in the soil which gets very slippery in the rain. Friends of trails from around the Shuswap are invited to the annual Trail Stewards workshop and celebration, Saturday November 8th, at the Little Mountain Field House in Salmon Arm. Annual review and planning workshop 1:30 – 5:30 pm, volunteer potluck thank you celebration 5:30 – 7:30 pm. All welcome! Check www.shuswaptrails.com for details.

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