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Progress Log for Federal Trail Funding ($25 million) #2148
Back To Discussion List Written: 2009.01.29 by: David Wasserman

OHV means "Off Highway Vehicles". The federal budget announcement contains this paragraph:

National Recreation Trails
Trails allow Canadians to experience our country's unrivalled natural environment. The National Trails Coalition is a non-profit association whose member organizations provide stewardship of much of Canada's trail infrastructure. Budget 2009 provides $25 million to the National Trails Coalition in 2009-10 for a national initiative to create, upgrade and sustain snowmobile and all-terrain-vehicle trails throughout the country over the coming year. The Government's contribution will be matched by the coalition and its partners, leading to economic activity in communities, and creating a lasting legacy of pristine trails that will benefit Canadians for many years to come.

The budget encourages the recreational use of irreplaceable fossil fuels, increasing greenhouse gas production, not only in operation of the snowmobiles and ATVs, but in the increased fuel usage of the large vehicles required to transport the OHVs to the trails. The environmental damage caused by these trails (admittedly less than the environmental damage caused by off-trail use) is touted as allowing Canadians to experience the natural environment. The expression "pristine trails" is a clear expression of the completely different attitude of the OHV "community" and their industrial/commercial enablers/exploiters toward the natural environment, compared to that of self-propelled wilderness visitors. It is sad that the government has that attitude.

It is the shared opinion of self-propelled trail users, whether they are climbers, hikers, mountain-bikers, cross-country skiers, or snowshoers, that motorized use of a trail makes that trail unusable for non-motorized users. Any trails built under this budget initiative will reduce opportunities for healthy exercise and quiet contemplation of "our country's unrivalled natural environment."

You may want to let your MP know how you feel. But I suspect your voice will be drowned out by the scream of OHV engines.


Comments

#1378 - 2010.01.20 Robin Tivy - BC NTC Trails Projects
Here is a list which shows all 53 applications for the federal money. The first part is the applications, the second and third sections show which ones got approved. The Outdoor Recreation Council and the Federation of mountain clubs did lots of work to write support letters for each of the non-motorized ones.

Prepared by Terje Vold

BC Regional Trails Coordinator July 30, 2009 The table below summarizes all 53 BC NTC applications received given the MW extension with total grant requests exceeding $8.8 million.

MS - Motorized Summer; MW - Motorized Winter; NM - Non Motorized No. Category Organization BC Region Grant Request

01 MS Quad Riders ATV Association of BC Coast $30 000
02 MW Association of BC Snowmobile Clubs So. Int. East $57 416
03 MS Quad Riders ATV Association of BC All $11 500
04 NM BC School District #47  Coast $952 490
05 NM Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC Coast $1 926
06 NM Central Okanagan Naturalists' Club So. Int. East $132 173
07 NM City of Chilliwack Coast $25 000
08 NM China Ridge Cross-Country Ski Assoc. So. Int. West $53 000
09 NM Village of Tahsis Coast $12 000
10 NM BC Nature (Federation of BC Naturalists) No. Interior $60 000
11 NM Wild Pacific Trail Society Coast $17 787
12 NM Castlegar and District Recreation Commission - Regional District of Central Kootenay So. Int. East $193 053
13 NM Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning Coast $28 350
14 NM Village of Radium Hot Springs So. Int. East $30 000
15 NM Skeena Queen Charlotte Regional District No. Interior $209 150
16 NM District of North Saanich  Coast $50 000
17 NM District of North Saanich  Coast $45 000
18 NM District of North Saanich  Coast $125 000
19 MS Quad Riders ATV Association of BC Coast $3 816
20 NM Valemount Area Recreation Development Association  So. Int. West $90 000
21 NM Whistler Off Road Cycling Association  Coast $25 000
22 NM Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society -  BC Chapter No. Interior $110 000
23 NM Rip'n the North Bike Club No. Interior $25 000
24 NM Skidegate Band Council  Coast $125 000
25 NM Squamish Off Road Cycling Association  Coast $50 000
26 NM Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services  So. Int. East $143 720
27 NM Sunshine Coast Regional District Coast $473 400
28 NM Squamish Lillooet Regional District Coast $110 000
29 NM Vancouver Island University Coast $167 295
30 NM Backcountry Horsemen Society of BC Coast $3 478
31 NM City of Abbotsford Coast $95 000
32 MS District of Chetwynd No. Interior $50 000
33 NM Capital Regional District Coast $1500 750
34 NM Township of Langley Coast $300 000
35 NM City of Surrey Coast $495 089
36 NM Town of Qualicum Beach Coast $249 014
37 NM Strathcona Wilderness Institute  Coast $98 250
38 All New Pathways to Gold Society So. Int. West $500 000
39 All West Chilcotin Tourism Association  So. Int. West $7 650
40 NM Destination Osoyoos Development Society So. Int. East $20 000
41 NM City of Port Moody Coast $249 460
42 MW Black Tusk Snowmobile Club Coast $75 000
43 NM Castlegar Friends of Parks and Trails Society So. Int. East $7 605
44 MS BC Off-Road Motorcycle Association  All $954 500
45 NM Pemberton Valley Trails Association  Coast $70 000
46 NM Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC Coast $179 000
47 MW  Kelowna Snowmobile Club So. Int. East  $110 000
48 MW Prince George Snowmobile Club No. Interior $11 465
49 MW Clearwater SnowDrifters/KDC Forestry Consulting Ltd. So. Int. East $55 000
50 MW Prince George Snowmobile Club No. Interior $250 000
51 MW Fort Nelson Snowmobile Club; BC Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts; Municipality of Fort Nelson No. Interior $50 250
52 MW Northern Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club and the BC Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts No. Interior $114 000
53 MW Paradise Valley Snowmobile Club and the BC Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts No. Interior $220 000
  Total $8 879 671
BC's NTC allocation was $3 million: $1 million for MS; $1 million for MW; and $1 million for NM. NTC approved some additional funds for NM for BC. The tables below indicate which projects were approved by the NTC Board (in some cases subject to some conditions being met like confirming matching funds are in fact in place). The 35 approved projects include some that were funded below the amount requested either due to limited matching funds or because the amount needed to be reduced to help be within the overall allocation.

Motorized Summer (4 projects): NTC No. Applicant Approved NTC NTC Grant

BC 01 Quad Riders ATV Association of BC $30 000
BC 03 Quad Riders ATV Association of BC $11 500
BC 19 Quad Riders ATV Association of BC $4 000
BC 44 BC Off-Road Motorcycle Association (9 sub-projects) $954 500
  Total Motorized Summer $1 000 000

Motorized Winter (10 projects):

NTC No. Applicant Approved NTC Grant

BC 02 Association of BC Snowmobile Clubs $57 416
BC 38 New Pathways for Gold Society  $154 850
BC 42 Black Tusk Snowmobile Club $75 000
BC 47 Kelowna Snowmobile Club $110 000
BC 48 Prince George Snowmobile Club $8 635
BC 49 Clearwater SnowDrifters and KDC Forestry Consulting Ltd $55 000
BC 50 Prince George Snowmobile Club $154 849
BC 51 Fort Nelson Snowmobile Club; BC Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts; and Municipality of Fort Nelson $50 250
BC 52 Northern Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club, and the BC Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts $114 000
BC 53 Paradise Valley Snowmobile Club, and the BC Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts $220 000
  Total Motorized Winter $1 000 000

Non-Motorized (21 projects):

NTC No. Applicant Approved NTC Grant
BC 05 Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC $1 926
BC 06 Central Okanagan Naturalists' Club $132 173
BC 08 China Ridge Cross-Country Ski Association  $53 000
BC 09 Village of Tahsis $12 000
BC 10 BC Nature (Federation of BC Naturalists) $60 000
BC 11 Wild Pacific Trail Society $17 787
BC 12 Castlegar and District Recreation Commission -                     Regional District Central Kootenay $193 053
BC 13 Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning $28 350
BC 14 Village of Radium Hot Springs $30 000
BC 16 District of North Saanich  $45 000
BC 21 Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association $25 000
BC 23 Rip'n the North Bike Club $25 000
BC 24 Skidegate Band Council $15 000
BC 25 Squamish Off Road Cycling Assoc. $50 000
BC 26 Arrow and Slocan Community Services $7 378
BC 30 Backcountry Horsemen of BC $3 478
BC 37 Strathcona Wilderness Institute  $98 250
BC 40 Destination Osoyoos Development Society and Township of Osoyoos $20 000
BC 43 Castlegar Friends of Parks and Trails Society $7 605
BC 45 Pemberton Valley Trails Association  $70 000
BC 46 Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC $150 000
  Total Non-Motorized $1 045 000

#1377 - 2010.01.19 Robin Tivy - Liberal MP Joyce Murray willing to ask questions
I had a lengthy phone conversation with my member of parliament, Joyce Murray (Liberal MP Point Grey) regarding this fund. Once parliament resumes, she is willing to put a question on the "order paper" regarding the progress of this fund. But she needs to know, in detail: What is the question we want her to ask? I'm not sure of the exact question, so I'm putting this discussion forth on the website, to get some ideas. What we want is a detailed, knowledgable question.

#1279 - 2009.06.08 Antje Wahl - Outdoor Recreation Council voted to join Canadian Trails Federation
The member clubs and executive board of the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC (ORC) have voted on a resolution to join the Canadian Trails Federation (CTF). The resolution passed, and once accepted by the CTF, non-motorized member clubs of the ORC can apply for federal trail funding (the motorized clubs already had representation and therefore access to the funding).

If your organization wants to apply for trail construction/maintenance funding but is not a member of the ORC, contact Jeremy McCall, Executive Director, Outdoor Recreation Council of British Columbia, at 604-873-5546 or outdoorrec@orcbc.ca as soon as possible.

#1267 - 2009.05.29 Antje Wahl - Deadline for trail grant applications is June 26, 2009
The deadline for trail grant applications is June 26th, 2009. Application guidelines and the form are now posted online: http://www.ntc-canada.ca/

Matching funds are required. Funding from other levels of government is eligible as matching funds including provincial / territorial and municipal governments. Foundations, corporations and individual donors are other potential sources of matching funds. In-kind contributions will not qualify as matching funds.

#1265 - 2009.05.26 Antje Wahl - BC non-motorized representation in Canadian Trails Federation still unclear
It appears that BC receives $3 million out of the total federal funding of $25 million: $1 million for summer motorized trails i.e. quads/ATVs and dirt bikes; $1 million for winter motorized i.e. snowmobiles; $1 million for non-motorized i.e. equestrian, hiking, mountain bikes.

Applications for the funding will be reviewed by a tripartite committee made up of two individuals from each of the three above sectors.

However, the funding is being set up in such a way that applications will only be accepted from members in good standing of an organization which in turn is a member of the Canadian Trails Federation (CTF). The CTF in turn is one of three members of an organization known as the National Trails Coalition (NTC) which is organizing this funding in conjunction with the federal government. The other two members of the NTC are the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council and the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations.

Currently non-motorized users in BC are not represented in the CTF. The Outdoor Recreation Council (ORC) may become a member of the CTF if such a resolution is passed at its AGM on June 27. This would allow non-motorized organizations in BC to apply for the trails money, since most are members of the ORC.

Meanwhile the CTF has proposed to form a new organization in BC to be named the Pacific Coast Trails Coalition (PCTC), to be organized and operated by organizations or individuals in BC.

#1208 - 2009.03.27 Robin Tivy - Update from Kootenays - Cranbrook Colonist March 26,2009
Society president says Canadian Trails Federation overly favours motorized users. By GERRY WARNER Townsman Staff

The ongoing battle in the Kootenays and elsewhere over motorized and non-motorized trail use has resulted in the Trails Society of B.C. (Trails BC) withdrawing from the Canadian Trails Federation (CTF). Retired Cranbrook resident Al Skucas, who is president of Trails BC and also head of the Rocky Mountain Section of the Trans Canada Trail, says his organization is leaving the federation because it has allayed itself with groups that primarily favour motorized trail use like the Canadian off-Highway Vehicle Dealers Council (COHV) and the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CSSO). Until it withdrew, the CTF along with COHV and CSSO belonged to the National Trails Coalition, which Skucas also feels, is dominated by motorized user groups. In his letter of withdrawal to the CTF, Skucas says: "Trails BC believes that the partnership of the CTF within the National Trail Coalition is not the best way to advance the long-term interests of non-motorized trail users within Canada." The problem in the motorized vs. non-motorized issue is that the motorized trail groups say they believe in the shared-use model of trail management, which on the surface sounds just fine, says Skucas. But such a management scheme inevitably leads to hikers and other recreationalists on foot losing out to recreationalists in quads, ATV's and other motorized vehicles, he says. " We take the stance that, as long as this (shared use) is the position of our representatives, they are, in fact, advocating for motorized users to the detriment of non-motorized trail users," says Skucas in the letter. In an interview Wednesday, he says non-motorized trail hikers will continue to lose out as long as the shared use model is in place. "They (motorized users) are capitalizing on the ambiguity of what the term really means and they use it wherever they can to their advantage and that causes real problems." Calls placed by the Daily Townsman to the CTC and the Outdoor Recreation Council of B.C. were not returned. Meanwhile Skucas says he applauds the federal government for putting $25 million into the building of a national trails infrastructure in the country. But the spending will do little good for non-motorized trail users under the present system dominated by motorized users, he says. "Trails BC believes that the partnership of the CTF within the National Trail Coalition is not the best way to advance the long-term interests of non-motorized trail users within Canada," says Skucas in his letter. "The evolving relationship between the CTF and the NTC since 2007 has been quietly endorsing a shared use model that is out of step with the goals of the trail user communities outside of the motorized sector. Skucas says confirmation of the subtle endorsement of shared use trails is given in a Jan. 27 news release of the NTC referring to "fostering more multiple use trail development." The statement sounds benign, but isn't, he says. In reality, it will lead to motorized use at the expense of non-motorized, he says. "We believe that no national based non-motorized user group would be agreeable to such a model." The issue of motorized vs. non-motorized trail use has also plagued the building of the Trans Canada Trail in the East Kootenay and will have to be resolved before the trail is completed here, says Skucas.

#1188 - 2009.03.06 Antje Wahl - More info from the FMCBC about the funding announcement
The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), announced in March 2009, that the Government of Canada will invest $25 million in Canada's trail infrastructure as part of the federal government's Economic Action Plan. Here is a link to the government's news release: News release.

It looks like a good portion of the funding will go to snowmobile and ATV users by investing in multi-use trails that allow motorized vehicles. The news release mentions walking and cross-country skiing, but the federal budget states "Budget 2009 provides $25 million to the National Trails Coalition in 2009-10 for a national initiative to create, upgrade and sustain snowmobile and all-terrain-vehicle trails throughout the country over the coming year". (Source: Source.

A few of us went to Lynn Canyon Park in North Vancouver on March 6 to hear the official announcement of the $25 million for trails.The motorized recreation sector were well represented there with an impressive showing of colourful and expensive hardware (snowmobiles, an ATV, trucks and trailers). BC's portion of the funding will be $3 million. As expected, there are many strings attached to this funding. As this funding is part of the economic stimulus package, the funds are for "shovel ready" projects, PROVIDED there are matching funds from other sources. So if we, the non-motorized trail users, can come up with a cool million dollars, we can get equal funds from the government! The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (ATV and dirt bike manufacturers and retailers) are part of the National Trails Coalition who will allocate the money. The other two groups in the National Trails Coalition are the Canadian Trail Federation and the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations.

However, the criteria and procedures for applying for these funds are still being developed so we will check for opportunities to get funds to improve hiking trails in BC.

#1187 - 2009.03.06 Robin Tivy - Meeting to discuss
I received the following information. All possible should certainly be there to ask the minister about the inbalance.

To Outdoor Recreation Council Member Organizations

Please find attached the an invitation to attend an announcement by Ministerof State for Sport Gary Lunn regarding the funding for trails contained inthe federal budget and stimulus package.The event will be in Lynn Canyon Park (location of the suspension bridge)across from the Lynn Canyon Café from 10 AM to 11 AM. Directions to thelocation are contained in the invitation.I hope to see some of you there Jeremy McCallJeremy McCallExecutive DirectorOutdoor Recreation Council of British Columbia47 West BroadwayVancouver BC V5Y 1P1604-873-5546

#1182 - 2009.03.01 Robin Tivy - Real danger is increased access to high country
In British Columbia, many of the snowmobile trails are connectors, leading from logging roads through a short band of trees and into the high meadow country above treeline that was previously inaccessable to mechanized recreation.

There is a danger that without monitoring, a lot more of these will be built, especially if the funds are distributed to local enthusiast groups. It therefore seems reasonable that these projects be subject to some sort of environmental review. The list of proposed projects should be made public, and mechanisms put in place to ensure that the impact is truly reviewed by all stakeholders.

After all, if public transit projects are subjected to endless environmental reviews, surely so should something like this, which itself is going to have a negative environmental impact.

What to do? I can do a certain amount of followup with government if I have all the facts. I guess the first thing is to gather more facts. Does anybody know how to find out what the federal budget in BC Parks and our National Parks is this year for trail construction? (Not the budget for parks administration or park wardens, but specifically for construction projects, so it can be compared to the $25 million dollars for mechanized recreation.

#1156 - 2009.01.30 Scott Nelson - Ask for funding for non-motorized trails
There are many more non-motorized trail users than motorized trail users - so we really should be pushing for proportional funding here. BC Parks could put a lot of people to work this summer if they had some money for trail construction projects.