Trail Improvements in the CRV
October 28, 2015
The Chilliwack River Valley has benefited from $75,000 in funding and hundreds of hours of volunteer work to improve backcountry safety and promote low impact enjoyment of Chilliwack’s incredible trail network.
Trail improvements included maintenance and repairs to over 70 km of backcountry trails including brushing and clearing, new bridges, addressing erosion, and upgrading broken down trail beds. Trails addressed included 14 popular recreation trails on crown land as well as the Lindeman-Greendrop trail in Chilliwack Lake Park. In addition, wayfinding signs were installed to help visitors find the trailheads and improve navigation on the trails themselves. TD Green Streets provided funding for several kiosks to provide information on recreational opportunities throughout the Chilliwack River Valley.
“My sincere thanks to you all, for being an integral part of this gathering force that is working to preserve and protect for future generations, this jewel we call, the Chilliwack River Valley.” Says Orion Engar, Fraser Valley Regional District Area E Director, Chilliwack River Valley.
Members of the Chilliwack Park Society spearheaded much of the initiative. According to president Marc Gredainus, “the community has been amazing at getting behind the initiative, whether it be in contributing time or dollars to the project.” Local community dollars were matched with grants from the National Trails Coalition, TD Green Streets, and the BC Parks Enhancement fund.
Starting in May, trails within the Chilliwack River Valley started receiving some much needed attention thanks to a group of community minded organizations. Allison Colthorp, Executive Director of Tourism Chilliwack says, “Trail enhancement and development is a vital component in growing Chilliwack’s tourism economy and will positively impact the remarkable experience visitors have in our community. We are honored to be involved in such a dynamic project and partnership.”
The TD Green Streets grant was specifically intended to enhance the trail heads with landscaping, signage and information kiosks. The Ts’elxweyeqw Tribe planted species significant to their culture such as, birch, red cedar, black cottonwood, licorice fern, red flowering current, juniper, and other traditional plants. Kiosks were built to provide information on the trails, the responsibilities of trail users, the plants and their meaning, First Nation’s connection to the area, and the ecological importance of the forests, mountains and the river valley and why we must respect and protect them.
“We congratulate the Ts’elxweyeqw Tribe for developing an initiative that will enhance and important green space in their community,” says Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “We’re pleased that we have been able to support the efforts of Ts’elxweyeqw Tribe and we look forward to seeing their plan come to life.”
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