The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, in collaboration with B.C. Parks and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, initiated development of a provincial trails strategy in early 2007.
The Draft Recreation Trails Strategy for British Columbia was released for public review in the fall of 2008. It described an action plan for developing and managing a sustainable, world-class network of recreation trails in BC. The action plan was developed by a multi-agency Trails Strategy Committee, comprised of stakeholders and government representatives.
Following public release of the draft strategy a comprehensive public review process was undertaken in 10 communities across the province. Over 1,400 people took the opportunity to participate in the review process. All input received during the public consultation process was reviewed by the Trails Strategy Committee. Upon completion of the review a final Provincial Trail Strategy for BC was approved.
Twenty-two actions are identified under seven key components within the strategy including two under the implementation category. Action 21 identifies the need to establish a Provincial Trails Advisory Body – work completed 2015.
Ways Stakeholders Participated
The targeted stakeholder engagement requested input on the current Trails Strategy for B.C. and possible improvements. Associations, organizations, and federations participated in the following ways:
- Stakeholder Surveys of trail managers, local clubs, trail stewards and agencies throughout BC, and;
- 31 Public, Inter-agency and first Nation meetings.
During the targeted engagement process we received:
- 91 respondents to surveys from 76 organizations.
- over 1300 participants and 260 feedback submissions from 1300 individuals from community meetings
All feedback collected was considered in the analysis. The summary report is available to the public and is listed as an appendix of the final report.
The next phase, which begin in late 2019, engaged targeted stakeholders with the aim of providing further information to help inform the public engagement process which ran between January 13 and February 28, 2020.