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Supporting Trail Development in Saskatchewan
The Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA) is now accepting individual and corporate donations for its recently developed Saskatchewan Trails Fund. Once core funding is achieved, this new trail fund will provide annual grants to local trail organizations and communities to help support trail development and maintenance projects in Saskatchewan.
If you would like to make a donation to support Saskatchewan's trails (via PayPal), please click on the above "Donate" icon.
Thank you for your support!
IN THE NEWS:
2014 Annual General Meeting
The Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA) invites you to attend the 2014 Annual General Meeting which will take place on:
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Canalta Hotel, 601 1st Avenue West
Click here for the proposed agenda and more information on this year's exciting event.
Discretionary Funding Grant Recipients Announced
The Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA) has announced that $3,600 will be distributed to eight groups in the province through the STA Discretionary Funding Grant program. The grant will cover up to 60 per cent of the total costs required to maintain and upgrade existing trails in the province.
Grants will be awarded to the Whiteswan Snow Hawks snowmobile club to reroute a trail; City of Humboldt to create a seating node along a trail connecting the downtown to Centennial Park; Timber Trails Sno-Riders Co-operative Ltd. to place signs and sign posts along their trails; Parkland Trans Canada Trail Association to place a bench and plaque along the Destination Trail in Saskatoon; Lakeland Snowmobile Club to clean and restore trails damaged by an ice storm; Resort Village of Manitou Beach to place signage and trail markers along a recently upgraded gravel trail; Ness Creek Cultural and Recreational Society Inc. to upgrade trail maps, survey a new trail with GPS, replace existing trail markers, and build a larger trailhead kiosk; and Candle Lake Trails Association Group to clear and expand an existing boardwalk.
“This grant program will go a long way to help with the upkeep of trails in the province,” says Cathy Watts, President of the STA. “The trail groups receiving this funding have shown their commitment to properly maintaining and enhancing their trails so that they will continue to be enjoyable for all users.”
Click here to read the full media release.
Federal Government Announces New NTC Funding
The Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA) is delighted by the federal government’s recent decision to provide an additional $10 million over two years to the National Trails Coalition (NTC). This funding will help maintain and develop both motorized and non-motorized trails across the country, ensuring high quality and low cost recreational opportunities for all Canadians while furthering Canada’s economic growth and prosperity.
To read the full media release, click here.
The Great Saskatchewan GPS Challenge
Saskatchewan Trails Association recently completed an inventory of all trails in the province. The information has been submitted to Tourism Saskatchewan and is now on their website, which can be found at http://www.sasktourism.com/things-to-do/trails.
This is a significant step toward promoting our trails, and we are asking for your help to maintain the information. If there are any enhancements, closures, etc., please let us know so that we are able to update the website.
Tourism Saskatchewan has also asked for additional info of your trails for the website. We would appreciate any photos of the trails that you are able to provide. Good quality photographs are very important for the website, especially if the trailhead is difficult to find. Any comments on driving to or finding the trailhead that will assist trail users would also be appreciated.
Tourism Saskatchewan would also like to have GPS data on your trail heads, but would prefer to have data on the entire trail if possible. Providing GPS data will allow trail users to find your trail with their GPS unit. GPS data can be obtained by using a GPS unit, which can be borrowed from Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association. Booking information is online at spra.sk.ca.
How to Gather Trailhead Information
Gathering accurate GPS coordinates is essential for populating the Saskatchewan Tourism trail web data base. The information below will assist with this task.
When using a GPS to mark a coordinate, begin by turning the unit on prior to arriving at the trailhead so that it properly connects with satellites. It is best to mark a waypoint by approaching the trailhead from multiple directions and watching your accuracy or EPE readings on the GPS. Do this 5-7 times and select the waypoint with the lowest EPE average; meaning ĎGive greater weight to a waypoint taken with three metres EPE than the one at 10 metres EPE.í Some GPS units have the ability to take an average of a set of coordinates, others do not. Be aware that during bad weather or in an area with lots of tall trees, the accuracy of the GPS unit may be poor.
Google Earth Coordinates
“If you donít know what Google Earth is or have never used it, you may want to skip this section.” Coordinates for a specific location can also be gathered using Google Earth by first finding the trailhead on Google Earth and putting the cursor on the trailhead. Youíll notice that wherever the cursor is on the map, the latitude and longitude coordinates for that point will appear at the bottom of the page. You can also place a marker at the location and the coordinates will appear in the summary sheet. The coordinates may not appear in the same format as on your GPS, but donít be alarmed.
If you need to convert the coordinates from Google Earth or your GPS to another format, go to http://boulter.com/gps. Please note that when using this site, the N and W need to be in front of the coordinates, otherwise the conversion will not work.
Coordinates and photos can be emailed to Pat Rediger at email@example.com. Phone 306-522-9326.
Thank you for your consideration. This is an opportunity to support our trails and show what Saskatchewan has to offer.
Send us your photos and stories
Have you had a great experience on the trails this summer? Please send us your pictures and stories. We recently received this photo from a member while walking on the trails near St. Victor Petroglyphs near Willow Bunch.