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Another Inspired Year of Shuswap Trails

News Release: December 18, 2017 

Resilient year of Shuswap Trails inspired by joy and a party
 
The Shuswap, British Columbia – 2017 was a banner year for Shuswap trails despite the chaotic season of floods, wind, and fire. And maybe it can be said joy does have a role to play, as each year what seems to have become one of the most anticipated parties in the Shuswap lays the foundation for success each year. Tickets to the much anticipated party just went on sale to make another year of trails happen again in 2018!
 
This year, trail stewards, volunteers, Secwepemc/municipal/regional/and provincial community partners, funding supporters, clubs, school groups, business teams, Rapattack, the STA trail team, and so many others worked very, very hard successfully adding an incredible 10 new trails totalling over 12,000 metres, and installing over 300 new signs. “We have an incredibly hard working and flexible team, incredible partners, and an impressive community of volunteers and stewardship organizations,” said STA Board Chair, Reg Walters.
 
Over 40 regional partners were involved in the various 2017 projects representing Secwepemc, Provincial, Regional/Municipal orders of government, industry, business, environment, economic development, tourism, health, education, recreational trail user groups, and community residents. Plus countless volunteer hours were logged. “We support it all with that Party in February,” states Walters, “and all the incredible individual and local business sponsors who donate to trail development season.”
 
Shuswap trail leadership are giving an especially big shout out of thanks this year to the Provincial Ministry of Forest Range and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development who awarded a BC Rural Development Program Grant to assist with trail work in 2017. That was matched with funding from the February event along with project funding through the CSRD Parks Areas C, D, E, F, the City of Salmon Arm, District of Sicamous, City of Enderby, RDNO Area F, BC Parks, Shuswap Tourism, the Salmon Arm MRDT Hotel Tax Funds, Shuswap Community Foundation, North Shuswap Lions Club, Bike-for-Your-Life, and the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society, 
 
The new stash of 2017 trails to explore includes:
Black Dog and Double D Mountain Bike Climb Trails at Rubberhead Trail System
Mo Budda Mountain Bike and Toby Trott EQ trails at South Canoe Trail System
Farrell's Field Nature Trails at Celista/CSRD Area F
Malakwa Community Park Trails in Malakwa/CSRD Area E
Top-O-the-Sic 2 km Single Track Addition to the Larch Hills Traverse
West Greenway Loop Addition to the Larch Hills Traverse
Historic Pack Trail at North Fork Wild
Canoe Ball Diamond Beach Trail Connector in Salmon Arm
Salmon Arm Memorial Cemetery Trail pond loop in Salmon Arm
And Bonus stash!  Sicamous Greenways 100 new trail signs installed
 
To get details and directions check out www.shuswaptrails.com
 
Final reviews are underway for new trail work in 2018 to include Balmoral, Gayle Creek, North Fork Wild, Rubberhead, Chase, and South Canoe. Plus there’s wider Shuswap Trails round-table planning underway in areas like the Owlhead, Joss Mountain, and Eagle Pass alpine, Larch Hills Traverse, Rubberhead, the Kela7scen (Mt Ida) management discussions, Haines Creek, Glenemma, Scatchard, and Lee Creek, Onyx and Hunakwa in the North Shuswap.
 
2018 will also see blueways being explored for paddle access, invasive species tackled at trailheads, a complete trail guide redo with Shuswap Tourism, more trail signs, even more geo-referenced maps developed in partnership with the CSRD GIS staff, launch of the South Shuswap Destination Trail planning process with CSRD Area C, new developments in the Adams River Pictograph Protection program with BC Parks, Little Shuswap, Adams Lake, and Neskonlith Bands ready for the peak salmon run, further planning to explore the West Bay connectors with the Switzmalph Cultural Society, and support for the Kela7scen (Mt. Ida) management plan process with Secwepemc leadership. Plus can you say rail-trails? Final acquisition of the Sicmaous-to-Armstrong corridor is anticipated for the New Year.
 
It will be another pivotal year for Shuswap Trails ahead, observe local leadership, particularly in using the trails as a tool for ongoing reconciliation, relationship building between Secwepemc First Nations and the wider communities, and telling the true story of this place that is our home. As expressed at the Joss-Tsuius-Mabel alpine recreational access planning discussion recently hosted by Splatsin and facilitated by the STA - there is a new awakening in the land and an opportunity to work together to manage ourselves differently and well.
 
To support the ongoing Shuswap Trails effort consider making a donation, contributing to the legacy endowment, or buying a ticket to the Shuswap Trail Party on Feb 2nd. Silent Auction sponsors are also welcomed. For more visit www.shuswaptrails.com. Tickets exclusively at Skookum Cycle & Ski in Salmon Arm.
 
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Photo: Shuswap Trail designer, Sutra Brett, looks out from the new Mo Budda trail at South Canoe. It’s one of 10 added in the region this year totaling over 12 new kilometers to explore. For more information on trails in the Shuswap, to support new trail projects in 2018, and make a donation to the Shuswap Trails Legacy fund visit www.shuswaptrails.com. Be sure to pick up a ticket for the annual Shuswap Trails Party and Fundraiser (Feb 2, 2018) at Skookum Cycle and Ski in Salmon Arm.
 
For more information on this release, contact:
 
Phil McIntyre-Paul
Executive Director,
The Shuswap Trail Alliance
250-804-1964
phil@shuswaptrails.com
www.shuswaptrailalliance.com
 

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