Land Access- Dirt Politics

Premier Christy Clark announced a BC 5 year tourism strategy last week

Premier Christy Clark announced a BC 5 year tourism strategy last week.

An important part of the strategy is to implement the currently dormant BC Trails Strategy. Quoting the attached government document release, "Implement A Trails Strategy for British Columbia” – an action plan for developing and maintaining a sustainable, world-renowned network of recreation trails for hikers, cyclists, equestrians, cross-country skiers, snowmobilers and summer motorized users."

BCORMA supports the government's commitment to this initiative.  I was one of the Provincial representatives who was engaged by the Province to create the Strategy document.

See:  http://www.jti.gov.bc.ca/tourismstrategy/documents/MJTI_TourismStrategyReport_FNL.pdf & www.jti.gov.bc.ca

 
Okanagan Mixed Use Trails under attack - Have your say!

Subject: RDOS - Trail users Survey

All riders, here is the RDOS Trail users survey for all to complete: http://cerg.ca/Pages/RDOS-Survey.html
Please note it is in two parts, a Regional survey (Answer once) and a Trail survey, answer about every trail you use.
 
If we want to continue to have mixed use for the KVR and other trails in the rural areas, BCORMA, ATVBC, and the local clubs needs all of you to complete both the Regional and Trail survey.

If you and your family ride in the Okanagan Valley, use the KVR, or ever hope to ride there, please fill out this survey. 

Get involved!!!!
 
Terry Wardrop (ATVBC) and myself will be at the RDOS meetings to make sure we get a fair shake.  We need a strong show of support from the community to give strength to our message.

Send it to your fellow summer-motorized friends.  Get them involved.  The more surveys "in favour of mixed use" RDOS receives, the stronger our case will be.

 

Changes to Resource Road Act coming: need your input

Do you use B.C.’s resource roads for work, recreation, or do you live in or visit rural communities that use resource roads?

If so, help the Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations serve you better by contributing to the Natural Resource Road Act Project (NRRA) to improve resource road laws and regulation for the benefit of all users.

Comments are invited on a DISCUSSION PAPER that will help build the foundation for the NRRA.  The principles and proposed policy framework presented in this discussion paper are the starting point for a single, streamlined law that applies to the construction, maintenance, use and deactivation of all resource roads in B.C.

For further information about this opportunity to help shape how we manage resource roads in BC, please visit the project website at http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/mof/nrra/index.htm

And for a News Release concerning this announcement follow this link: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2011/10/simplified-resource-road-rules-ben...

We have been advised that MFLNRO may seek input from stakeholder working groups once the initial comment period is complete.

If you have comments or questions about this for BCORMA, please post on our forum: Government Policy: Resource Road Act

BCORMA requests that all summer-motorized backcountry recreationalist contribute so he have made input.  Without your input, I can not get action on your input.

Peter Sprague, MSc.
Executive Director