Did you know that the SMBA has over 50 kilometers of mountain biking trails that require maintenance every year? Maintenance not only keeps our trails in a great riding state but is also a requirement of our partnership agreement with Recreation Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC) to have these trails on Crown land. RSTBC is the Provincial body that provides the access to the Crown land where our trails exist.
The SMBA receives $10 000/year from local businesses to perform major maintenance repairs (trail re-routes due to water damage, fixing of major structures, etc). However, there is a lot of maintenance work that is not captured by this program. In an effort to meet our partnership agreement and to involve the SMBA members in keeping the trails in good condition, the SMBA organizes an Adopt-A-Trail Program.
- Participants are asked to assess the condition and to perform general maintenance on a specific trail(s) on a weekly basis (or after significant events, ie. wind or rain) during the months of April through to November; (Depending on the number of volunteers we may double or triple up on trails)
- A trail inspection report needs to be completed once per year as per our partnership agreement with RSTBC (template inspection reports will be supplied)
- General Maintenance does not include any new trail construction, Maintenance includes: brushing, tree removal, water management, repairs to existing structures, etc
- If a volunteer would like to see new trail construction this must be brought forward to the SMBA Board for approval
- Participants are required to learn the Trail Standards as laid out by the SMBA and RSTBC and all volunteers interested in this program will be required to take an orientation session with the SMBA that will highlight these Trail Standards
- Participants will be required to take a 1-day Chainsaw Safety Course if they are going to be operating a chainsaw (this course will be paid for and organized by the SMBA)
- The spring and summer workbees will still take place, the Adopt-a-Trail Program is in addition to this
- If a significant event does take place that requires additional help, volunteers should let the SMBA know so we can recruit additional volunteers or request help from RSTBC
If you are interested in participating, we encourage you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We have a fantastic crew in place for 2017, and are always open to more volunteers.