Plans for a new trail system in the Glenemma area of Electoral Area D are looking to enhance recreation for people looking to hike, cycle, or ride their horses, dirt bikes or ATVs.
The Glenemma Rec Site and Trail Proposal calls for the development of a day-use parking lot and staging area which would accommodate non-motorized, motorized and equestrian uses. It would also include a non-motorized trail network, a motorized youth skills development trail, a vault toilet, picnic tables, hitching posts for horses and garbage and recycling containers.
The planned trail system is adjacent to an existing designated Recreation Sites and Trails BC site along the Kelly Main Forest Service Road. This site is already heavily used for non-motorized and motorized recreation and is also popular with horseback riders. A network of unauthorized trails on Crown land is also already in use near the site.
The concept plan was developed based on direction from a series of joint-leadership consultations held in 2017 and 2018 with follow-up review and design input in early 2019.
The CSRD worked with the Shuswap Trail Alliance to consult with community members and other stakeholder groups to develop a draft management plan for the area, which recognizes the needs of the various user groups. Consultation involved stakeholders including range licensees, parks advisory members, Recreations Sites and Trails BC, Shuswap Dirt Bike Club (SORRES), motorcyclists, ATV and equestrian trail users.
The purpose was to develop a mixed-use plan for the Glenemma Recreation site and surrounding areas that would:
Protect and repair, where possible, vulnerable habitat, wetland areas, and range land;
Improve social impact on local residents (reduce noise, maintain peaceful quality of lower trails);
Ensure access and opportunities for all recreational users (motorized and non-motor) to wider area;
Mitigate spread of invasive plants from recreational use;
And, through general consensus, to work together to come up with a plan.