Shuswap trails discussed

It has been almost a year since the historic signing of the Shuswap Regional Trails Strategy.

More than 75 leaders from business, education, government and Secwepemc (Shuswap) First Nations hammered out the strategy.

They plan to meet in Enderby Nov. 30 to review that work.

“It’s a work in progress,” said Phil McIntyre-Paul, executive director of the Shuswap Trail Alliance. “These are early steps together along a very new path.”

Collaborative highlights over 2016 include:

  • work led by Splatsin, the Eagle Valley Snowmobile Club, and BC Parks to develop a multi-use recreation management plan in the Owlhead/Cummings Lake alpine above Sicamous
  • a working group led by Little Shuswap Band and BC Parks to protect valuable pictographs along the Adams River
  • development of a master mapping inventory led by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and the Shuswap Trail Alliance
  • work toward a formal recreational plan for Mount Ida led by Secwepemc leadership with organizations like the Shuswap Off-Road Enthusiasts
  • protocols for Secwepemc naming and a list of trail projects – both non-motorized and motorized – throughout the Shuswap

The purpose of the the Shuswap Trails strategy is to protect, enhance and recognize trails as an integral part of the Shuswap lifestyle, culture and economy, said McIntyre-Paul.

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