New priority trails upgrading initiative

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The Howe Sound Crest Trail gets a facelift earlier this year. Photo taken by Alex Wallace.
The Howe Sound Crest Trail gets a facelift earlier this year. Photo taken by Alex Wallace.

This month, the FMCBC is beginning to collect input from member clubs on trails across the province that are in urgent need of upgrades or repairs to improve safety, access and/or usability. Based on the submissions we receive from our online form, we’ll be looking at possible solutions (especially funding options) for how we can get these club prioritized trails repaired.

We’ve already received four submissions, but since trails are not being prioritized based on when we receive them, there’s no rush to submit early. Take the time to discuss with your club executive and visit the trail(s) you think need attention in order to better report on their current condition and photograph them. You can submit the completed form to us at any time.

In the new year, we’ll be contacting clubs to further discuss the state of the trails, who the land owners/managers and other stakeholders are, and what amount of work and funding will be required to make the improvements. We’ll then look at raising the funds and organizing the necessary work crews to make these repairs and upgrades happen. The FMCBC will mainly be helping coordinate fundraising efforts, while clubs will be responsible for recruiting volunteer trail crews. 

The priority trail upgrading form can be accessed here. We welcome to your questions, comments and recommendations on this initiative. Hopefully together we can restore these beloved trails to their former glory.

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