Apparently next week's DNV Council workshop will be discussing the Seymour Trails Strategic plan (https://app.dnv.org/councilsearchnew/), and will be a good opportunity for trail users and residents to provide feedback on the current trail network and the desired trail network. Here is a link to the DNV notice; file:///C:/Users/icullis/Downloads/201214CW.Notice.pdf.
To date the district has completed a trail map and condition assessment, which is outlined in the agenda and report; file:///C:/Users/icullis/Downloads/201214CW.AGN.pdf. The Seymour Trails Strategic Plan starts on page 29.
I've read through the report a few times. Seems to still have a fairly negative spin...with identify, consolidate, decommission, and penalize popping up quite a few times in the report. Here are some of the comments;
- a few trail construction and decommissioning projects
- Staff have begun to focus their efforts on the Berkley Hyannis area, and are currently developing a framework for trail decommissioning, consolidation, and select closures
- Parks will continue to rely upon a seasonal trail crew responsible for trail maintenance, minor Infrastructure repairs, decommissioning of unsustainable trails, and restoration of heavily impacted areas
- Through the North Shore Restorative Justice Program, the District worked with the trail builder, who was fined and assigned 50 hours of community service to support trail restoration areas
- prepare a plan for trail management...
- Ideally, a year-round full time alpine trail crew would be approved within Parks to inspect and maintain trails, to decommission unsustainable trails, and / or those trails that may be recommended for closure through the study
That said, it is great that the DNV is looking at planning the trail network and trying/attempting to work with the other landowners (Metro, BC Parks, CMHC). It would be great if they worked on prioritizing a network that met the needs of all users (so illegal and unauthorized trails weren't needed).
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