the Trans-Canada Trail to the Nelson Area
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
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.