Nelson Area Trails Society

Bringing the Trans-Canada Trail to the Nelson Area

NATS April 2004 Newsletter

What's Been Happening to the former Burlington Northern Rail Line

In 2001, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway sold the 48km of railbed from Salmo to Troup Junction to the BC Transportation Financing Authority for approximately $1.3 million, ensuring a continuous pathway for recreational and long-term transportational needs. The Ministry of Transportation's ownership has allowed legal usage of the pathway and satisfies one of the original goals of the Nelson Area Trails Society.

As a result of cutbacks, the Ministry asked the Regional District of Central Kootenay to establish the former rail line as a Regional Park, and sponsored a Trail Stewardship workshop in October of 2002, and another in February 2003. The results of these workshops are available at http://www.rdck.bc.ca/planning/Burlington.htm and although they provide a good explanation of how various groups would be responsible for the corridor, many of the issues discussed concern insurance and liability. NATS has been identified as an umbrella society that would provide insurance coverage to individual members of other stewardship groups. The final workshop report states that the MoT would reimburse NATS for such insurance, and that NATS' insurance would not cover motorized use of the trail.

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Trails BC AGM 2004

Mark your calendars!
Trails BC's 2004 Annual General Meeting will be held at the Uplander Hotel in Rossland on May 29 and 30. Check www.trailsbc.ca for updates.

Special Note:
Trails BC's Bylaws require that a person be a member in good standing for at least 30 days prior to being nominated for office or voting at an AGM.

BC Trails Day 2004

When is BC Trails Day?
The third annual BC Trails Day will be held on the first Saturday in June to coincide with International Trails Day (June 5).

What is BC Trails Day?
Groups and individuals are encouraged to create an event that increases awareness and appreciation of BC's trails. Inspired by the Christmas Bird Count, the Outdoor Recreation Council is again organizing a BC Trails Tally. Any ideas for local events are welcome.