Protect Snowden's Core Trails
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PROPOSED LOGGING IN THE CORE AREA OF THE SNOWDEN DEMONSTRATION FOREST THREATENS CAMPBELL RIVER’S TRAIL SYSTEM
Roadbuilding and logging is scheduled to start in Snowden's Core Area in September 2018. This petition asks the province to permanently protect the Core Area from logging and roadbuilding in order to protect the quality of the 84km of Snowden’s forested trails that are an incredibly valuable asset for our local residents and businesses.
Local residents and visitors use the trails for a wide variety of activities including, trail running, hiking, geocaching, mushroom picking, bird watching, dog walking, mountain biking and swimming in Lost Lake. The trails in Snowden’s Core Area feel like a wilderness area, but are on our doorstep. They are a free, high quality piece of recreational infrastructure that is maintained by our local River City Cycling Club, at no cost to the City. $3.9 million will be spent renovating Campbell River’s Sportsplex so that residents have high quality indoor recreational infrastructure. Snowden’s 1200 hectares of Core Area trails should be protected by government to preserve free, accessible, high quality outdoor recreational infrastructure for residents.
Protecting Snowden’s Core Area would also secure a world class asset for the area’s tourism and mountain bike business sectors to build upon, at little or no cost to the City. Economic impact studies in a dozen BC communities have shown that high quality mountain biking trail systems have the potential to generate millions of dollars annually in local economic activity. The Mountain Bike Tourism Association, Destination BC’s “Guide to Developing, Managing, and Marketing Mountain Bike Tourism Product in BC,“ Sprockids, and the Aboriginal Youth Mountain Biking Program are all organizations and tools that support the development of this steadily growing market sector. First Nations and the City of Campbell River have the opportunity to support the growth and diversification of their economies and to increase the attractive quality of their local recreational infrastructure by strongly advocating for protection of the core trails within the Snowden Demonstration Forest. Protection creates certainty and certainty brings investment.
Snowden has many attributes. The direct connection between Campbell River’s 120km trail system and the 84 km of trails in the Snowden Demonstration Forest make Snowden a natural extension of the City’s trail system. The quality of the trails and related infrastructure, varying levels of difficulty, close proximity, wilderness feel and almost snow free elevation, all contribute to make Snowden’s trails and associated forest cover an extremely high quality, year-round, tourism ready asset.
Campbell River’s brand is based on wild nature. Unlogged areas are wild, which is why Snowden’s Core Area is a brand-defining asset. Logging those areas that are frequented by tourists risks damaging a key brand attribute for decades and not delivering on the brand promise.
In terms of what residents want, city documents such as the Vision 2025 Project, the City of Campbell River Strategic Plan, and the Official Community Plan clearly state that residents strongly support protecting the environment and retaining the highest level of natural beauty. Residents want to maintain a high quality of life and to diversify the community’s economic base, which is more likely to happen if Snowden is protected. For both residents and visitors, if protected from logging, Snowden's Core Area has the potential to have a significant, positive impact on their experience of Campbell River. Residents have sent clear messages to local government about the importance of protecting natural assets. Please add your voice to those of your fellow citizens.
Logging and roadbuilding in the “Core Area” is scheduled to begin September 2018.
Please act now!
*The “Core Area” of the Snowden Demonstration Forest is bounded by Loveland Bay Road, Elmer Lake, and the Lost Frog trail. See map above.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT THE TRAILS IN SNOWDEN’S CORE AREA
1. Sign this petition!
2. Email / contact your friends and ask them to sign the petition.
3. Email or speak to the Mayor and all of the Campbell River Council members and ask them to work hard to convince the Province to protect Snowden's Core Area.
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