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New NS Trails Volunteer Awards

NS Trails is excited to announce that we are introducing 4 new awards to help celebrate the great work trail volunteers and stakeholders are involved in throughout the province.  Below are the new awards that we are seeking nominations for:

Volunteer Trail Group of the Year – This award is to recognize the accomplishments of a volunteer trail group for its contribution to the trails movement in Nova Scotia through trail development, management, promotion or advocacy.  Nominees must belong to an organization that is a member of NS Trails.

Booster Award – This award is to recognize a volunteer group for the promotion of trail use through organized events, learning opportunities, guided trail activities and media engagement targeting men, women, youth and families.  Nominees must belong to an organization that is a member of NS Trails.

Champion for Youth – This award is to recognize an individual, community group, agency or business for the promotion of youth participation on trails in Nova Scotia.  Nominations are open to members of NS Trails and the general public.

Trail Builder of the Year – This award is to recognize a volunteer for their outstanding contribution, determination and dedication to trail building in the province. Nominees must belong to an organization that is a member of NS Trails.

We encourage you to nominate groups or individuals you feel deserve special recognition for their efforts. Please send an email to cory@novascotiatrails.com with the following:

  • nominee’s name
  • the award they are being nominated for
  • contact information of the person submitting the nomination
  • the reason they are being nominated (Why do they deserve the award?)
  • contact information for the nominee.

We look forward to receiving your nominations by 9 am Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The awards will be announced and presented at the NS Trails AGM on June 18, 2016. A big thank you to our Volunteer Recognition Committee – Blaise MacEachern, Victoria Josey and Bob Wright – for their work establishing these new awards to celebrate our trail volunteers and stakeholders.

 

 

Call for White Hill Summit Award Nominations

NS Trails would also like to encourage nominations for our long-standing White Hill Summit Award. This award, named for the highest point of land in Nova Scotia, recognizes the outstanding contribution of an individual to the development of recreational trail development in the province.  We encourage you to nominate someone you feel deserves to be recognized by this award. Please send a letter to cory@novascotiatrails.com detailing the individual’s contribution and providing three references who support the nomination. We look forward to receiving your nominations by 9 am Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The award will be announced and presented at the NS Trails AGM on June 18, 2016.

 

 

NS Trails Annual General Meeting

 

The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) will hold the Annual General Meeting of the Federation on June 18, 2016 in the Community Multipurpose Room (2nd floor) at the Captain William Spry Community Centre, 16 Sussex Street, Halifax.  The following positions on the board are currently vacant: Secretary Vice President  One Community Group Regional Rep from each of the following regions: Valley, South Shore, Fundy, Highland However nominations are being accepted for all Director/Officer positions. Community Group Regional Reps are appointed by Community Group and Associate Group Members. User Group Representatives are appointed by individual User Groups.   We would ask members to submit their nominations to vanda@novascotiatrails.com by May 31st. All members (including members of member groups) are welcome to attend the AGM. Please RSVP if you are planning to attend by emailing cory@novascotiatrails.com by Monday June 13th. More information will be posted to the events page of our website as it becomes available.

 

 

Trail Strategy Update

The Trails Strategy Working Group (TSWG) would like to thank all trail stakeholders who reviewed the draft strategy and provided valuable feedback through the survey. The TSWG is grateful for the high level of engagement we received from across the province.   Responses were received from a good cross-section of our trails community: 41% from trails volunteers, 33% from interested citizens, 21% from staff at the community or provincial level.    Additionally, regional responses were fairly evenly spread across the province with 20% from the Central region, 15% from the South Shore, 14% from the Valley, 13% from Fundy, 11% from Cape Breton, 10% from Highland and 15% from those with a provincial role.  Close to half of the responses were from those involved with trails for more than 10 years and about a quarter of the responses coming from those who have been involved for the past five to 10 years.   The feedback on the Strategy that we received was generally very positive:

  • 93% either strongly agreed or agreed that the vision was on target
  • 92% either strongly agreed or agreed that the goal to strengthen provincial leadership, alignment and collaboration and the actions under it were on target
  • 96% either strongly agreed or agreed that the goal to improve the planning of trails and the actions under it were on target
  • 96% either strongly agreed or agreed that the goal to expand the supports for trail developers and managers and the actions under it were on target
  • 95% either strongly agreed or agreed that the goal to increase trail use and the actions under it were on target
  • 94% either strongly agreed or agreed that the suggested roles within the trails community were on target
  • 86% either strongly agreed or agreed that the strategy set the right course for advancing trails in Nova Scotia

In addition, the trails community has clearly asked us to make some important changes and provided us with specific ideas for how to do so, including:

  • ensuring that the vision and goals are feasible and reflect the desires of the entire trails community
  • clarify and elaborate on the benefits and public good that the strategy is intended to support
  • strengthening pieces related to funding, sustainability and volunteer support
  • focus more on youth engagement
  • expand on actions being taken to improve accessibility
  • and clarify that it’s not the role of this strategy to direct decisions at the local and regional levels.

The TSWG met on April 2 and April 7 to incorporate feedback received from the survey and will be working toward sharing an improved draft with the trails community in the coming months. The TSWG will be approaching provincially-focused trail user groups to meet individually to attempt to address any interests/concerns. The draft strategy will also be edited to ensure the document speaks to the entire trails community using clear and concise language.  We will continue to keep trail stakeholders informed as we work toward the development of an improved draft strategy.

 

 

NS Trails – Insurance and Membership

It is that time of year again … for the renewal of NS Trails membership and insurance.   By now our members who have Directors and Officers insurance through Intercity Insurance should have already submitted the information requested by the company along with a cheque. NS Trails is currently reviewing and updating accident insurance information with our participating groups. The accident insurance program provides disability insurance to volunteers in your organization if they were to be injured while working on your organization’s trail project. New or existing members who are interested in learning more about this program should contact the NS Trails office immediately as we are in the midst of arranging coverage for 2016-2017. NS Trails renews our group accident and general liability insurance annually and pays the premium upfront.  We invoice our members once we know the total amount of the premium for these policies for the year.  We expect to be invoicing for membership, general liability insurance and accident insurance in late June or early July.

 

 

Major TCT Milestone in Oxford

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Oxford & Area Trails Association we are one step closer to connecting the Trans Canada Trail in Nova Scotia.  Nearing the end of a project that has been over a year in the making, a 180 foot bridge was installed over the River Philip in Oxford, N.S.  Volunteers with the Oxford & Area Trails Association will be working hard to install the decking and finishing touches for their grand opening on June 4th!  After the bridge is complete, the group is considering putting a tunnel under Main Street in Oxford as we move closer to connecting Nova Scotia with our neighbouring provinces!

 

 

New Faces at NS Trails!

Over the past few months we’ve welcomed two employees to the Nova Scotia Trails team!   Cory Richard (photo on the left) started in early February and Norma MacLeod (photo on the right) started in mid-April.   Norma is our new Trans Canada Trail Development Officer for Cape Breton. Norma brings over 25 years of municipal government and community development experience to the NS Trails team.   She has worked in municipal recreation departments in the Annapolis Valley, Halifax Regional Municipality and Northern Nova Scotia on projects ranging from creating new tourism strategies to waterfront developments. Most recently Norma was with the Town of New Glasgow’s recreation department where she worked with community volunteer groups and collaborated on physical activity and government projects.   “I am looking forward to working throughout Cape Breton Island and assisting the volunteer groups as they go through the application process to celebrating their finished projects,” says Norma. “Promoting the variety of locations as well as the potential of the Trans Canada Trail will be extremely rewarding.”   Norma has been an avid music festival volunteer over the years and is looking forward to introducing her new bicycle to some of Cape Breton’s beautiful trails! Cory Richard is our new Communications and Office Assistant. Cory has spent the last year working as an online marketing coordinator with Eastlink. He is also an active volunteer with Fusion Halifax, Podcamp Halifax and the Tigers Volleyball Club. When he’s not in the office he can usually be found walking the trails with his two dogs.   “As someone who spent my childhood walking and hiking through many of the province’s beautiful trails, I’m incredibly excited to help promote the work being done by Nova Scotia Trails and it’s members,” says Cory. Please join us in welcoming Cory and Norma!

 

 

 

Gender Equity Update

In 2016-2017, NS Trails is hoping to form a committee to determine next steps when it comes to removing barriers to women and girls participating in trails and the trails movement.   Most recently, we brought together more than 20 female outdoor leaders to share the data and research we have collected on the topic and hear their feedback on how best to move forward to influence change.    We are planning to set up a committee to examine the work we’ve done to date and the feedback we have received and determine next steps. If you are interested serving on this committee please contact Vanda Jackson vanda@novascotiatrails.com.  We are looking forward to sharing  our research with you in the near future and working with you to make our trails more open and accessible to everyone in our province!

 

 

Federal Funding Opportunity 

New funding has been announced to help communities across the country celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.   The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a small grants program that will support local projects that build vibrant, healthy, and engaged communities; inspire a deeper understanding about our communities and our country; and encourage participation in community initiatives connected to celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The Fund will be led by local community foundations, and in the spirit of grassroots leadership, will take on a local flavour in each community.

The Fund is a collaborative effort by Community Foundations of Canada and the network of community foundations, with support from the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

Grant size: Small grants (under $15,000), contact your local community foundation to learn more. Project scope: community Contact: The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia Deadline: Ongoing (no deadline has been set yet) How to apply: Online through the Community Foundations of Canada’s website Canada 150 Fund The Canada 150 Fund is run by the Government of Canada and offers opportunities for Canadians to participate in local, regional, and national celebrations that contribute to building a sense of pride and attachment to Canada. Interested applicants would apply to the Fund through the Canadian Heritage Regional Office, or the National office for projects national in scope. Grant size: $50,000 and up Project scope: local, regional, provincial and national Applications: Ongoing How to apply: Contact a Canadian Heritage program officer to receive an application kit

 

 

“Go Wild” Community Grants

This summer, WWF-Canada and TELUS are asking you to join them and Go Wild. Do you have an idea to help nature thrive in your community? Apply for a Go Wild Community Grant today! The application deadline is May 13, 2016. They are looking for ideas that:

Protect or restore: Activities directly related to restoring, rehabilitating or recovering natural ecosystems

Practice or monitor: Activities directly related to introducing new practices that reflect the value of nature in the community

Celebrate or educate: Activities that enhance the importance of healthy natural ecosystems as fundamental to a healthy community

Click here for more information on Go Wild Community Grants.

 

 

We want to help you share your stories!

 

If you have an upcoming event, recent news or just have a social media question, we’re here to help! From sharing your stories to helping you set up your Facebook page to answering questions about hashtags, we can do it all. Simply send Cory an email and he’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have! If you’re new to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram don’t forget to follow us or if you have your own newsletter add cory@novascotiatrails.com to it so we can stay up-to-date with your groups.

 

 

Is Your Group Taking Advantage of the Power of Online Donations?

Did you know that NS Trails has a charitable donation program and that donors can give to your organization with the simple click of a mouse?   Donors looking to support recreational trails and our member groups can do so by clicking on the “Donate Now” button on the donor page of our website. Donations can be designated to assist a specific member group by adding this request to the instruction box when the donor is filling out the form online.  Tax receipts are sent to donors by email as soon as they make the donation.   If you are interested in raising money for your organization by promoting online donations please contact Cory Richard cory@novascotiatrails.com for more details on the application process.  Cory can also help guide you when it comes to linking your website to our online donation page once your organization’s fundraising project has been accepted into the program.

 

 

Send us your International Trails Day Events! Saturday, June 4, 2016 is International Trails Day

 

International Trails Day is an annual celebration of trails that takes place each year on the first Saturday in June. It promotes trail development and management, the use of trails and the healthy lifestyle they encourage. If you have an event you would like us to post to the NS Trails’ International Trails Day website www.internationaltrailsday.com please email the details and your contact information to cory@novascotiatrails.com.    Also a little reminder that you may apply for a Let’s Get Active grant if you are organizing a human-powered activity.  Click here to learn more.

 

 

Communities, Culture and Heritage adds a new Division 

As of April 1, 2016, the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage added a new division.   The Communities Nova Scotia unit has joined two teams from Active Living Branch (formerly with the Department of Health and Wellness) to form a new division, called Communities, Sport and Recreation. The work of the three units remains the same – offering capacity building, policy and planning services, expertise, and funding programs to organizations that support Nova Scotia’s diverse, vibrant and healthy communities through culture, sport or healthy active living activities.

 

 

TCT Water Route Coming to the Shubenacadie River

The Municipally of East Hants and the Shubenacadie Halls and Grounds Society are happy to announce the approval of funding from Trans Canada Trails for the development of three water access points along the Shubenacadie River. The three locations in Lantz, Milford and Shubenacadie will form a 23 km water section of the Trans Canada Trail. Initially these locations will have parking areas close to the river’s edge, basic toilet facilities and floating docks to launch canoes and kayaks. But it is the goal of the of the Municipality to seek addition sources of funding and develop the Milford river access point into a location accessible to individuals in wheelchairs and with other physical disabilities. The intention is to provide a floating dock that will assist these individuals with getting in and out of their water craft and make it easier for launch and recovery.   The initial phase of the project is expected to be completed by late summer 2016, giving locals and tourists the opportuning to enjoy the historic Shubenacadie River, while being treated to views of rolling farmland, sports fishermen casting their line and eagles perched at the river’s edge waiting for their next meal!

 

 

Michael Haynes Tackles Another Ambitious Project

For those of you who follow Michael Haynes (or as he’s better know as Hiker Haynes) you might remember he embarked on an ambitious project to create a book highlighting the Best of Trans Canada Trail. The first volume of his journey – that saw him hike and bike 30 different trails, approximately 950 km, throughout Eastern Canada – is due to be released in fall of 2016 or spring of 2017 by Goose Lane Editions.    Over the past year Michael’s been all across Eastern Canada, and now he’s been travelling across Nova Scotia to talk about his adventure. And honestly, who better to talk about the beauty of our Country’s trails than someone who spent their 60th birthday backpacking along the Trans Canada Trail!   Upcoming Talk:   Thursday, May 26, Colchester Library, Elmsdale: The Best of the Trans Canada Trail, Eastern Canada

 

 

News from Hike Nova Scotia Successful Snowshoe Series

Hike Nova Scotia and 28 host organizations across the province partnered up to offer the 2016 Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike Series in January, February and March. Over 860 people attended 34 hikes (that’s an average of 25 people per event). There were 52 snowshoe hikes originally scheduled but mid-way through February stormy weather or lack of snow caused many event cancellations. But when the snow was plentiful in the first half of winter, people came out in droves! Especially popular were the moonlit snowshoe jaunts. Local folks led the hikes and participants qualified to win “trail prizes.” Hike NS thanks NS Trails, Doctors Nova Scotia and the NS Department of Health and Wellness for their support. Hike NS also thanks its local partners for organizing the hikes on the ground.

 

Hike NS AGM

The Hike Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting will take place in Halifax on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Lunch will be provided and there will be a hike before the AGM. Events for the day, which are all free, include:

8:45am – Meet at parking lot for the Bluff Wilderness Trail in Timberlea

9am – Hike begins

12pm – Lunch, St. Andrews Church Hall, 2553 St. Margaret’s Bay Rd, Timberlea

1 pm – Annual General Meeting, St. Andrews Church Hall

The AGM includes a resolution to ammend Hike Nova Scotia’s by-laws. View the proposed changes here. Visit the Hike NS website to register.

 

 

Update on the Sackville Greenway

Starting in the fall of 2015, Sackville Rivers Association (SRA) and the City of Halifax had begun construction of Section B of the Sackville Greenway, an Active Transportation greenway through the heart of Lower Sackville.  With several phase phases of Section B being constructed in 2015 along the Little Sackville River between Sackville Drive and Glendale Drive, the SRA is setting their sights on completing this section with the addition of two river crossings.  This trail is not only bringing people to Little Sackville River to let them experience a salmon-bearing stream right in their own backyards, but it’s given them the opportunity to experience nature as they move through the community. They will look to begin construction from Sackville Drive to Old Sackville Road across the Downsview Mall property. This phase likely to be finished in 2017 along with the paving of all of Section B from Old Sackville Road to Glendale Drive.

Once Section B of the Sackville Greenway is complete, their goal will then be to continue with other sections of Sackville Greenway and ultimately connect the communities of Lower Sackville and Beaverbank with other Active Transportation Greenways in neighbouring communities!

 

 

Connecting Halifax Greenspaces

One of the newest members of the Nova Scotia Trails Federation is embarking on an ambitious project in Halifax. The Common Link Association is in the process of putting together a proposal for the City that will connect the beautiful green space trails in the heart of Halifax. Check out the Common Link’s website to learn more about their association and see the areas of Halifax they are looking to connect.

 

 

Have you Seen the New Mural on the BLT Trail?

Some of you may have noticed something new on the BLT trail – a beautiful new mural on the highway 103 overpass. How did this project come about? Artists Joey Cook and Mike Burt were driven by a desire to bring more art to the city of Halifax, and in 2014 founded the Blackbook Collective of Art and Clothing.  They try to engage as many local artists as they can, providing outlets for their work. In November 2015, Joey and Mike began a project for BLT Trails to paint wildlife murals on the two exterior walls of the Highway 103 overpass where it crosses the trail.  The “Collective” designed the murals, engaged a talented group of artists to do the work, and executed the project in a matter of days. Responses of trail users have been overwhelmingly positive. BLT Trails, the Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust (FBWHT) and Woodens River Watershed Environmental Organization (WRWEO) contributed equally to cover the cost of the murals. Other projects by the Collective include the Estabrooks Centre in Hubley, LuLu Lemon and Ironstone Crossfit in downtown Halifax, the Deck Box on Quinpool Road and the Canal Street walking path in Dartmouth.

 

 

Baille Ard: Engaging Youth On and Off the Trails!

The Baille Ard Recreation Association has a busy schedule ahead of them both on and off the trails! With warmer weather on the way they will soon be welcoming students from surrounding schools onto their trails to check out the curriculum linked activities that they’ve established over the years. They’ve got an excited network of students and teachers who are eagerly waiting to get out and explore the Baille Ard trails! Off the trails, Baille Ard Recreation has once again partnered with students at the NSCC campus in Sydney. In the past, they’ve worked with students on everything from designing their logo to creating pamphlets. Now the group at NSCC is helping Baille Ard make updates to their online brochure to improve the self-guided tour on their website. Be sure to keep an eye on the Baille Ard website for updates on all the work they’re doing and if you need to put a smile on your face, be sure to check out the production of “The Gruffalo” that they helped put on last year!

 

 

Cape Mabou Highlands – 3 Peak Challenge

What: Hike three mountains on one day in one place! Where: Mabou Mines Trailhead of the Cape Mabou Highlands Hiking Trails

When: Aug. 27, 2016 9 a.m.

How:

– Hike for fun at your own pace in teams of  4 people

– Hike along beautiful ocean and woodland wilderness trails

– Cost of $100 / team

– Registration deadline Aug.13, limit of 25 teams

For more information: Email: capemabou@gmail.com Phone: (902) 623-0388 or (902) 787-3508

Website: capemabouhiking.com  Facebook: Cape Mabou Trail Club

 

Sponsored by Cape Mabou Trail Club and Inverness County Department of Recreation and Tourism

 

Waterfront Development Receives Friends of McNabs Island Award

The Friends of McNabs Island Society awarded Waterfront Development our “Special Friend of the Island” award at our 26th Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday, April 13 at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the Halifax Waterfront. Waterfront Development staff accepted the award – a framed print of Rochelle Owen’s photograph of the McNabs Island Osprey that calls the  island home. Over the past several years, the Friends have raised $500,000 to  rebuild some trails, install a composting toilet and a visitor information kiosk. Then two years ago, Waterfront Development approached the Friends to see how the provincial crown corporation could help. Through a partnership with the Friends of McNabs Island and the Nova  Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Waterfront Development invested in the development of several new park amenities. “Our partnership with Friends of McNabs Island has accomplished great things. The most important of which is inspiring new explorers to visit the island — a very special place in our harbour,” says Jennifer Angel, Acting CEO, Waterfront Development. New wayfinding trail signs that blend in well with the island’s natural environment and provide for enhanced, self-directed  exploration, were designed by Sperry Design and installed by New Century Signs along the 18 kms of island trails, and two additional  Clivus Multrum composting toilets were put in place for island visitors. To reduce congestion at Garrison Pier, the main access point  to the island, Waterfront Development installed new floating docks for  boaters. “We recognize the forward thinking of Waterfront Development in helping make McNabs Island Provincial Park more welcoming for island visitors and very much appreciate their support,” says Cathy McCarthy of Friends of McNabs Island. Friends of McNabs Island Society is a volunteer-driven, registered charity dedicated to preserving and protecting McNabs and Lawlor Island Provincial Park. Since 1990, the Friends of McNabs have  improved the trails and park facilities, organized community beach cleanups and offered guided tours to island visitors, making McNabs Island a welcoming park for everyone.

 

 

Webinar: How Communities Capitalize on Trail Tourism

 

What: American Trails is hosting a webinar, Trails and Towns Together: How Communities Capitalize on Trail Tourism, which will explore the benefits of linking trails to towns. When: May 19 at 2pm (Atlantic) Cost: $35 for members of American Trails and $55 for non-members PresentersWilliam Prince, Program Manager with The Progress Fund will speak about the case study of the first known “trail town” initiative.   Rita Hennessy, National Trails System Program Leader for the National Park Service, will talk about how connecting trails to communities makes long-distance trails relevant at the local level.   Amy Camp, of Cycle Forward (and also an American Trails Board Member) will tie it all together by talking about the importance of fostering a culture of hospitality in trail communities and expanding the view on how trail visitors can be invited into our places.  To learn more or register visit the American Trails website.

 

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Nova Scotia Trans Canada Trail Progress Update

As the partner for the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) in Nova Scotia since the TCT’s inception in 1992, NS Trails is pleased to provide you with the following update on the project leading to our connection deadline of 2017.

The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) would like to remind you and your stakeholders about the funding opportunities that exist around the Trans Canada Trail Project in Nova Scotia.  www.tctrail.ca

Funding Available for TCT Greenways and Water Route Projects

50% funding is available through NS Trails for greenway or water route projects that close the gaps in Trans Canada Trail (TCT) connection here in Nova Scotia.

 Have a project you would like NS Trails to consider? Please contact:

Jessica Farrell, Cape Breton TCT Engagement Officer

Email: jessica@novascotiatrails.com

Phone: 902-227-8017

Garnet McLaughlin, TCT Mainland Consultant

Email: cobequidconsulting@vrodinternet.com

Phone: 902-647-2271

Cape Breton Region

In January the Lake Ainslie Development Association received $29,000 in TCT project funding to complete a section of trail between Deepdale and Scotsville. They will continue to work on connecting their trail toward Whycocomagh.

Lake Ainslie Development Association will be the lead applicant for TCT funding on 2/3 of the land-based route. The association and SANS are currently working on a concept plan for construction for the entire route to be completed in phases.

Lake Ainslie has cleared the right of way on their first phase along the Southwest Margaree River.

Response to the Bras d’Or Lake Water Route has been very positive in Cape Breton. Work continues to raise awareness for of the water route project and the opportunity for communities located around the lake interested in developing a public access point for paddlers.

Presentations or information updates about the Bras d’Or Lake water route have been made to several communities around the Lake and to groups including the Unama’ki Tourism Association, Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association, Pitu’paq and Bras d’Or Lake CEPI (Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative).

A number of communities in Cape Breton Island are in the process of developing TCT concept plan proposals to be submitted this spring.

Meetings have been held with various stakeholders within the four First Nations communities located on the Bras d’Or Lake; Eskasoni, Potlotek, Waycobah and Wagmatcook. The response has been very positive with three of the communities currently developing concept plan proposals.

Provincial Update:

Michael Goodyear, Jane Murphy and Tara Naylor visited Halifax for a two-day planning session (March 10 and 11) with NS Trails staff and consultants to connect TCT gaps in Nova Scotia by 2017.

An encouraging meeting took place March 11 with the Department of Natural Resources including other provincial government staff to discuss accelerating land permissions needed to close TCT gaps in the province by 2017. DNR Minister Zach Churchill signed on as a TCT Champion.

A March 11 meeting was held with Tourism Minister Michel Samson on March 11 to discuss tourism and economic development opportunities around TCT projects, in particular the Bras d’Or Lake Water Route project in Cape Breton.

A meeting with the Executive of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities took place on March 20 to ensure municipal leaders are aware of the 50 % funding opportunities available for greenway projects along the TCT Phase 1 Route in Nova Scotia.

Happy Spring from everyone at NS Trails!

For general inquiries, call NS Trails at 902-425-5450 Ext 325.

Yvette d’Entremont

Communications & Office Assistant

Nova Scotia Trails

5516 Spring Garden Road, 4th Floor

Halifax, NS B3J 1G6

Phone:  (902) 425-5450, Ext. 325

Email: yvette@novascotiatrails.com

Website: www.novascotiatrails.com

NS Trails is a charitable organization that supports trail development, maintenance and management in Nova Scotia.  We are also the agent for the Trans Canada Trail in Nova Scotia. For volunteer or donor opportunities please visit our website.  Don’t forget to join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) is a non profit organization that represents the interests of trail users and volunteer community-based recreational trail groups in Nova Scotia. NS Trails supports the work of community groups in the planning, building, maintenance and management stages of recreational trails. As the provincial trail organization, the primary goals of NS Trails are to promote the development and responsible use of recreational trails for the benefit and enjoyment of all Nova Scotians and visitors to our province.

http://www.novascotiatrails.com/

NS Trails is conducting a survey on trail use by women and girls in Nova Scotia and their involvement in the trails movement.We would encourage you to share this email widely to ensure as many women and girls as possible participate.

The brief survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. To begin, simply click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NSTrails

The survey will close on January 26, 2015.

Thank you to the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness for its financial support in relation to this project.

We appreciate your assistance and input.

Regards,

Yvette d’Entremont
Communications & Office Assistant
Nova Scotia Trails
5516 Spring Garden Road, 4th Floor
Halifax, NS B3J 1G6
Phone: (902) 425-5450, Ext. 325
Email: yvette@novascotiatrails.com
Website: www.novascotiatrails.com

NS Trails is a charitable organization that supports trail development, maintenance and management in Nova Scotia. We are also the agent for the Trans Canada Trail in Nova Scotia. For volunteer or donor opportunities please visit our website. Don’t forget to join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

 

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