Smithers Mountain Bike Association

Trail Maintenance & Upgrade Policy

Smithers Mountain Bike Association

Policy for Volunteers Conducting Trail Maintenance & Upgrades

 

The Smithers Mountain Bike Association (SMBA) has entered into a Partnership Agreement with the Recreation Sites and Trails Branch (RSTB) of the B.C. Government.  As a result of this Agreement, the SMBA is required to ensure that mountain bike trails covered under the Agreement are constructed and managed to the standards described in an approved Management Plan.  The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance for club members and executive to ensure that the standards and other requirements in the Agreement and Management Plan are met.

It is the policy of the SMBA to encourage members and partners to participate in trail (and other infrastructure including technical trail features (TTF)) maintenance and upgrading.  The following guidelines identify whether or not SMBA executive (and/or RSTB) involvement is necessary:

- General trail maintenance activities which do not substantially change the trail surface, the location of the trail, or the difficulty of the trail, can be carried out by SMBA members and partners without prior notification or approval.  However, individuals are encouraged to contact the Director of Trails (or another executive member if the Trails Director is not available) prior to commencement of work and upon completion of work.  Examples of this type of activity include: clearing blow-down, moving loose rock, raking leaves, or filling potholes.

- General TTF maintenance activities which do not substantially change the construction or difficulty of a technical trail feature can be carried out by SMBA members and partners without prior notification or approval.  However, individuals are encouraged to contact the Director of Trails (or another executive member if the Trails Director is not available) prior to commencement of work and upon completion of work.  Examples of this type of activity include: replacing bridge decking, re-attaching a stringer, or replacing a log-ride with a log of similar size and breadth.

- Other trail maintenance and upgrading activities which do not meet the above definitions should only be carried out after consultation with the Director of Trails (or another executive member if the Trails Director is not available) to ensure that safety precautions are in place and standards and best practices are followed.  Examples of these activities include: changing berms, re-routing a trail, adding new TTF, etc.  In most cases, activities of this nature will require:

                    * Approval under Section 57 of the Forest and Range Practices Act, provided by RSTB

                    * Notification to members and other users via the website, email, and/or other tools

                    * Installation of temporary signage in the field indicating that the activity is occurring

                    * Installation of permanent signage for TTFs