Provide sustainable, environmentally responsible hiking trails
Improve public safety on the hiking trails
Enhance community health and enjoyment
Personal engagement and connection with like-minded people
Desire to “give back to the community”
What we do
Provide maintenance for a set of legally defined recreation trails under a formal Partnership Agreement engagement with Recreation Sites and Trails BC (the “Agreement Trails”)
Advocate for hiker interests in the upper Columbia Valley via a number of means including but not limited to: participating in forums, responding to recreation tenure review requests, responding to land use review requests and submission of requests for recreation site legalization (Section 57)
Communicate, to the best of our knowledge, Agreement Trail and road access status information to our membership and pubic via our social media platforms and website
Educate by providing information links for trail use etiquette to our membership and public via our social media and website
Improve our Agreement Trails to make them more environmentally sustainable
Improve and add to existing recreation trail infrastructure for our Agreement Trails (signage, primitive campgrounds, picnic tables, toilets)
Funding is provided by a formal trail maintenance Partnership Agreement with Recreation Sites and Trails BC, membership fees, donations and trail enhancement grants.
Volunteers are solicited from our membership to complete work party trail maintenance or other trail related project activities. There is at least one Trail Captain responsible for each Agreement Trail who determines what is to be done and arranges the corresponding work party(s). Some Agreement Trails have more than one Trail Captain.
An inventory of equipment suitable for trail maintenance activities is kept on hand. An equipment manager maintains equipment as required.
Any chainsaw use requires taking a recognized course on the safe use of a chain saw. Trail Captains are encouraged to be certified with an initial level first aid course. Financial assistance is provided for safety related courses.
Annual orientation session for Trail Captains is held to review documented trail maintenance and safety protocols.
Volunteer engagement is supported via vehicle use compensation and at the completion of each work party a celebratory “happy hour” event is held.
Annual AGM, including a guest speaker to encourage attendance, is held for our membership to review annual accomplishments and future plans. The meeting includes the election of a Board of Directors for the following year’s operation.
Trail Development Strategy: In response to concerns about sustainability and conservation, we focus on our existing Agreement Trails. We want to facilitate excellent hiking experiences, provide appropriate support infrastructure and environmentally responsible trail paths. However, additional trails may be added to the Agreement Trails. Unless a trail is already legal, STMS may identify and seek its legalization (approval of a Section 57 by Recreation Sites and Trails BC) as a new Agreement Trail. STMS must have the capacity and sufficient resources to maintain a new Agreement Trail. An Agreement Trail is added using one or more of the following criteria:
Proximity to one or more Agreement Trails: Trail clusters enhance the efficiency of maintenance operations and leverage existing road access to trailheads.
Proximity to urban centres: consider opportunities to provide excellent, “close at hand” hiking experiences.
An existing and popular legal trail which is not currently maintained by STMS