It was a busy summer for one group of dedicated volunteers.
From May until October, the Squamish Trails Society’s Bush Back Brigade helped maintain 9.4 kilometres of pathways, society president Bob Brant told the District of Squamish’s Committee of the Whole on Nov. 26. The group met weekly, raking, weed whacking and clearing trails.
By the time the weather turned cold, the Squamish residents had donated 285 man-hours to keeping the community’s trails accessible.
“This is a volunteer group,” Brant said. “Anyone can get out and help.”
The group focuses on valley-bottom trails, he noted. The organization will set its next efforts on the trails around Squamish Valley Golf and Country Club. Portions of the Discover Trail also needs some TLC, Brant noted.
Another project the society want to put in the mix in 2014 is the trail from the Squamish Seniors Centre out to the former sewage outflow main, Brant said. Down the road the group plans to build a boardwalk out to the water on that route, he noted. But first and foremost the pathway needs to be accessible, he said.
Valleycliffe’s trails have long been a focus of the society’s efforts. Members are continually looking for solutions to create a walkway friendly to child strollers and bicycles, Brant said, noting he hopes the issue makes the municipality’s 2014 budget.
“This is something that we feel is needing attention,” Brant said.
Coun. Ted Prior backed the idea. Those trails serve as a corridor for students to travel safely to schools, he said.
The group has done valuable work in the community, Coun. Patricia Heintzman said.
“We have amazing trail work here and it doesn’t get done by wiggling your nose,” she said.
The trails society is a federally and provincially registered non-profit organization dedicated to lobbying for, developing trails for non-motorized, multi-purpose trails within the district.