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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.
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IN THE NEWS:
STA Annual General Meeting Notice
The Saskatchewan Trials Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for April 18, 2015,
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Cedar Lodge Hotel and Convention Centre in Blackstrap Provincial Park.
The meeting features presentation on the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) by Kristen Gabora, She’ll touch on the progress for TCT in Saskatchewan.
The Canadian Military Engineers (CME) will also be making a presentation. CME Commanding Officer Paul Davies will discuss how the 38 Combat Engineer Regiment can help with Saskatchewan bridge or engineering projects this summer.
To register or for more details, contact Pat Rediger at (306) 522-9326 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dorothy Rhead Receives STA Volunteer Award
Dorothy Rhead, a longtime trail volunteer, is the winner of the inaugural Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA) Volunteer Award.
Rhead’s volunteer experience spans back to 1993. That year, the Canadian Volkssport Federation asked her to form a walking club in Regina. She agreed and created the Wascana Wanderers Volksmarch Club, the first club of its kind to be formed in Saskatchewan.
Get Ready for Saskatchewan Trails Day
Saskatchewan Trails Day will be held on June 6 in communities all across the province. The STA encourages everyone in the province to celebrate the physical, environmental, recreational, economic and aesthetic benefits provided by Saskatchewan trails.
If you’re planning events for that day, please let us know by emailing email@example.com. STA will also
send out a media release and post the event on our website and Twitter account.
A Saskatchewan Trails Day Event Organizer’s Manual is also available to anyone interested. It contains information on planning and promoting your event.
Whiteswan Snow Hawks' Trail Project Now Complete
Whiteswan Snow Hawks, a snowmobile club located in Meath Park, SK, has completed its trail project thanks to a $400 STA Discretionary Funding Grant. The club used the grant to reroute the trail, which is
a major step toward making it a multi-purpose, year round trail. Improving trail safety was also a focus of
STA Advocating for Saskatchewan's Trails
The STA continues to act as an advocate for Saskatchewan's trails. Recently, the STA submitted letters to the provincial Minister of Highways and Infrastructure and the Community Initiative Fund's (CIF) Board of Directors, requesting their support of the White Butte Regional Planning Committee's bypass trail network in the Regina area and the reinstatement of grant funding for trails through the CIF program, respectively. We are hopeful to hear a response from soon, and we will continue to advocate for trails and our members to ensure Saskatchewan's trail network remains vibrant and sustainable for years to come.
Left to Right: Pat Rediger, STA Administrator, accepts a cheque for $1000 for the Saskatchewan Trails Fund from Living Skies 2014 Geocaching MEGA event organizers Ryan Goolevitch and Linda Mushanski.
Giving Back: Living Skies 2014 Makes Significant Trails Donation
Thanks to the generosity of the Living Skies 2014 Geocaching MEGA event, the Saskatchewan Trails Fund has received a $1,000 boost. The donation was part of the surplus funds from the event that was held this summer.
The event took place from July 16-20 at Rosthern and attracted more than 600 people – some from as far away as the United Kingdom. It featured over 500 new geocaches, games and challenges, a kids’ fun zone, pancake breakfast, educational sessions and much more.
Linda Mushanski, an event organizer, says a group of geocaching enthusiasts worked on planning the event for more than two years. It was part of the WestCan series – a major geocaching initiative that has taken place every year in Western Canada since 2011. MEGA event designation on geocaching.com requires over 500 attendees, and the rarity of these events made it attractive to many even outside the province.
“We wanted to showcase our smaller communities,” explains Mushanski. “That’s why we chose Rosthern.”
Maintou Beach Trail Now Complete
Thanks to a $400 Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA) Discretionary Funding Grant, the Resort Village of Manitou Beach has successfully completed the necessary upgrades to its local trails.
Trail markers and signage were added to the recently upgraded gravel trail along the lake front from the Gazebo along to the east end of the village at Jean Street. The community also upgraded an existing section of trail from the Regional Park to Wellington Creek park. Congratulations to all of the volunteers and staff for working so hard to keep our Saskatchewan trails vibrant and beautiful!
Simon Lehne Boardwalk Completed
Thanks to a $500 Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA) Discretionary Funding Grant, the Candle Lake Trails Association Group (CLTAG) has completed its boardwalk project.
The grant helped CLTAG clear and expand the existing boardwalk located along the Simon Lehne Trail, which is adjacent to Simon Lehne Road – a high traffic roadway. Simon Lehne Trail is an important trail because it diverts much of the walking and biking traffic from the heavily-used roadway. Due to several very wet years, one section of the trail had been closed, making access to the entrances of the boardwalk inaccessible. CLTAG felt the re-opening of the boardwalk was a high priority and applied for the STA grant.
The STA would like to congratulate the CLTAG on completing this important initiative and thank them for helping to maintain and rejuvenate Saskatchewan's trail system!
Edmund Aunger's interview with Global TV Regina at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building.
Ride the Trail Arrives in Regina
An Alberta man whose wife, Elizabeth Sovis, was killed two years ago in a horrific cycling accident, is now on the second leg of his cross-country journey, riding this summer from Edmonton to Winnipeg on the Trans Canada Trail, a distance of more than 2,750 km.
Edmund Aunger is honouring his wife and promoting her vision: she wanted to see a Trans Canada Trail that was complete and accessible and safe. “Ultimately,” he says, “it was this very problem that killed her. We were cycling on the Trans Canada Trail, while on holiday in Prince Edward Island two years ago, and we were forced to detour onto a highway. Ten minutes later, Elizabeth was struck by a drunk driver. The impact threw her body 50 metres.”
Aunger arrived in Regina on Monday, July 28, 2014, and stopped at the Saskatchewan Legislature to speak about his trip and its objectives and read a petition calling on the Saskatchewan government to complete the provincial section of the Trans Canada Trail by July 1, 2017, in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
“I am cycling the Trans Canada Trail from Victoria to Charlottetown in five stages. This year’s trip, the second, is from Edmonton to Winnipeg. The final leg, in 2017, will be from Ottawa to Charlottetown; I intend to arrive on July 14, the fifth anniversary of Elizabeth’s death, and lead a memorial service.”
“My goal is to promote the Trail by increasing awareness, rallying support and raising funds. And I am petitioning the provincial government. Unless it provides leadership and adopts an action plan, there will be no Trans Canada Trail in Saskatchewan.”
STA launches new poster campaign
A poster campaign promoting Saskatchewan’s trails is being launched in conjunction with Saskatchewan Trails Day. The posters will be on display at various sporting goods stores and other strategic locations across the province.
Click the images below to download high resolution copies of the posters. You can also request free copies by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (S.P.R.A.) and Saskatchewan Lotteries for supporting this campaign!
Send us your photos and stories
Have you had a great experience on the trails? Please send us your pictures and stories. We'd love to share them with the rest of the trails community both on our website and our Twitter account (@Sk_Trails).
We recently received this photo from the Saskatchewan All-Terrain Vehicle Association (SATVA).