Shuswap Trail News – August 15

STA logo with blaze (horizontal) 72dpiHappy Roots and Blues Weekend! – be sure to stop by and say hi at the Shuswap Tourism/Shuswap Trails information tent on site at the Roots and Blues Festival this weekend to enter for a chance to win a Kayak/Stand-Up Paddle Board Rental Gift Certificates from Copper Island Diving. Also – check out the Shuswap Trail Rider tent and the Shuswap Invasive Species Society info tents – all side by side.

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Bear Attack on Larch Hills Trails include wanring for South Canoe Trails – a serious encounter with a large agressive black bear occurred this week. Check out the full story just posted on the Observer website at http://www.saobserver.net/news/321895431.html#.Vc5DUvmSKdA.gmail. Conservation officers are investigating. Please use extra care on all trails in the area including South Canoe Trails. Inform others of your plans, travel in groups, make noise, and carry bear spray.

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Lots of hard work out on Shuswap Trails this summer, as volunteers, community partners, and the Shuswap Trail Alliance trail crew finish four new trail projects this month. Be sure to plan some time to check these latest additions to the Shuswap Trail network out:

  • Evelyn Falls Trail – Anglemont, North Shuswap – the short 1.5 km meander through the forest to beautiful falls makes a lovely place to explore especially on a hot day. Developed by CSRD Parks in partnership with the Shuswap Trail Alliance, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, and funding support from the Shuswap Community Foundation.
  • North Fork Wild – Perry River, East Shuswap – the first 2 km upper trail loop is now open on this remarkable new CSRD Park made possible through the donation of visionary, Peter Jennings, who has dedicated his former 21 hectare property as a conservation park to perserve and educate all to the wonders of the Monashee wet-belt forest ecology. Once again, CSRD Parks partners with the Shuswap Trail Alliance, as well as volunteer support from the Shuswap Outdoor Learning Foundation and School District 83 students. Be sure to savour the varied changes in the forest ecology, including a stunning bog viewing deck and bridge.
  • Park Hill West Centre Trail – Salmon Arm – the lovely meandering trail system above Canoe Beach in Salmon Arm just got better with the addition of a new 1/2 kilometre trail linking the middle of the Sansom Trail with the lower Outer Loop Trail. The trail was originally enviosioned by trail designer, Jim Maybee, as a flowing section to enhance mountain bike use of the trails, and now – thanks to the City of Salmon Arm, the Shuswap Trail Alliance, and a whole host of volunteer support including Royal Bank of Canada staff, Muskoka Language School, and School District 83 students – the rolling trail is a reality.
  • Troll Bridge Trail – South Canoe – its officially open! Thanks to the extra-ordinary volunteer contribution of trail designer, Sutra Brett, and a whole host of volunteers and sponsors (yes- all the wood and hardware was donated! Watch for a full update and thank you coming.) Equestrian trail users can now use the new Horsin’ Around trail completed this spring, leaving the new Troll Bridge – a 46 metre gently flowing bridge deck – as the designated mountain bike route to connect to the middle Prudential Trail. (Hikers can use both routes.)

And watch for more to come – including the next phase of work on the North Fork Wild Riverside trail, upgrades to the South Canoe Middle Trails, installation of a new Mt Baldy Trail bridge, and new additions to the Larch Hills Traverse.

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PLUS! Help Us Plan the Mt Tuam Mountain Bike Pump Track Trail this Month – Cedar Heights, Blind Bay – on Thursday, August 27th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. (Meet at the upper entry on Mt Tuam Cresent just off Cedar Drive). Join CSRD Parks and the Shuswap Trail Alliance and help plan the new Mt Tuam Mountain Bike Pump Track Trails. Trail design specialist and mountain bike expert, Sutra Brett, will be on site to lead us through a crash course on designing a trail loop for kids and young at heart to improve their trail riding skills. For more information call CSRD Parks at 250-833-5914. Everyone welcome!

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Shuswap River Boating Regulations Survey – The Shuswap River Watershed Sustainability Plan Working Group have been working on some of the implementation actions for the Shuswap River Watershed Sustainability Plan.   In the various priority setting exercises undertaken during the plan development, pursuing boating regulations always came out as the highest priority.   The SRWSP Workin Group is now at a point to undertake consultation specific to the proposed regulations.

After examining all possible solutions, the Sustainability Plan calls for restricting power boat activity on portions of the River.
These restrictions are intended to:
1)      reduce the negative impacts of power boats on the natural environment including fish and wildlife,
2)      increase safety for all users,
3)      protect water quality,
4)      reduce erosion of private land, and,
5)      promote the benefits of non-motorized recreation.

For an ouline on the proposed regulations, including maps of the proposed boating regulation zones and a survey for your input, visit www.rdno.ca/boating.

This is an important initiative toward improving how we live and manage ourselves more sustainably in the region, including how we move and recreate on greenways and blueways. Please participate.

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Accessible Trails for Everyone: Book the TrailRider – two Trail Riders are available for booking out to use on trails throughout the Shuswap (minimal donation of $10). They’re a great way to get out on trails with friends who need mobility assistance. Visit: http://shuswaptrailrider.com/

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Trail Report Hotline – don’t forget to send trail issues and reports to trailreport@shuswaptrails.com.

Author: Tim Lavery

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