“I think it’s really important to highlight the foresight of the WLFN that they’re investing into something like this,” said Thomas Schoen. “It’s not cheap. It involves a lot of time, but it is an investment in their future.” (Rebecca Dyok photo)

“I think it’s really important to highlight the foresight of the WLFN that they’re investing into something like this,” said Thomas Schoen. “It’s not cheap. It involves a lot of time, but it is an investment in their future.” (Rebecca Dyok photo)

Williams Lake First Nation creating community trails master plan

Thomas Schoen retained as trails specialist adviser

Williams Lake First Nation (WLFN) decision makers are looking for input from their members regarding a community master trails plan.

Questions ranging from what trails could be used for, to whether members support opening trails on reserve to non-community members are part of the survey.

“A lot of cities and First Nations are investing in trail master plans because it gives them a document that guides recreational trail development for years and years to come,” said Thomas Schoen, who has been retained by WLFN as their trails specialist advisor.

“The big value in that document is also that it’s a shelf-ready funding document.”

The First Journey Trails CEO helped WLFN complete trails in June 2016 starting and finishing at the Chief Will-Yum Campsite which connects with the Fox Mountain Trail Network.

Read More: Wheels turning on new trail project

Are you interested in new bike trails, new hike trails, and scenic views? How about gift cards?

Complete the survey…

Posted by Williams Lake First Nation on Saturday, March 6, 2021

WLFN Chief Willie Sellars said trail development, which gives community members a chance to participate in a healthy activity, is a critical component of healthy living.

“Being outside and getting exercise is very key, especially now with the COVID-19 outbreak,” Sellars said.

“We’re starting to see it more and more and encouraging more, and building trails not only for biking but for walking is what the vision is.”

While community engagement and stakeholder input will play a large role in developing the community trail master plan, Sellars envisions trails by Borland Creek and above the WLFN community of Sugar Cane, allowing individuals to experience the natural beauty of WLFN territory.

“We want to develop it over the course of this year, 2021, and really hit the ground running in 2022 with trail builds,” Sellars said.

The survey is available until March 21, 2021.

Read More: Hiking trails in Williams Lake, BC


Do you have a comment about this story? email:
rebecca.dyok@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

First NationsTrails

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Jason and Pharis Romero’s latest album <em>Bet on Love</em> garnered three Canadian Folk Music Awards. Here Patrick Metzger, bass, from left, Jason, Pharis and Marc Jenkins perform at Arts on the Fly 2019 in Horsefly. Both Metzger and Jenkins performed on the album, as well as John Reischman on mandolin. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Romeros’ latest album garners three Canadian Folk Music Awards

Recorded in Horsefly, Bet on Love was released in May 2020

People are shown at a COVID-19 vaccination site in Montreal, Sunday, April 18, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
211 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health over the weekend

Currently, there are 875 active cases of the virus in the region

The Nazko River is under a flood warning. (Emcon Services Inc. Facebook photo)
Nazko River under flood warning

Rest of the Cariboo, including Quesnel and Williams Lake at lowest advisory level

A nurse prepares a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. As of April 19, more than 230,000 doses have been administered across the Interior Health region. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
More than 230K doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered across Interior Health

A total of 220,216 first doses and 13,775 second doses have been given to residents across the B.C. Interior

The former C&C Wood Products mill will begin producing products again later this month, under new ownership. (Observer file photo)
Williams Lake-owned company to restart production at bankrupt specialty mill in Quesnel

President of Kandola Forest Products says he expects to fill 90 full-time jobs by end of year

FILE – NDP Leader John Horgan, right, and local candidate Mike Farnworth greet one another with an elbow bump during a campaign stop in Coquitlam, B.C., on Friday, September 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. won’t be using random individual road stops to enforce travel rules: Safety Minister

Minister Mike Farnworth says travel checks only being considered at major highway junctions, ferry ports

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

FILE – Health-care workers wave to people clapping and yelling thank you to the frontline workers during the 7 p.m.-tribute outside the Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, April 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. nurses issue plea for all to follow health orders as hospitalizations spike

Nurses worried about strain COVID-19 is having on hospital capacity, care

University of Victoria rowing coach Barney Williams is photographed in the stands during the Greater Victoria Invitational at CARSA Performance Gym at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, November 29, 2019. The University of Victoria says Williams has resigned effective immediately. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
University of Victoria women’s rowing coach resigns by mutual agreement

Lawsuit filed last summer accused Barney Williams of verbal abuse

Former B.C. premier Christy Clark. (Black Press Media files)
Former B.C. premier to testify at money laundering hearing today

Attorney General David Eby has been added to the witness list as well

Selina Robinson is shown in Coquitlam, B.C., on Friday November 17, 2017. British Columbia’s finance minister says her professional training as a family therapist helped her develop the New Democrat government’s first budget during the COVID-19 pandemic, which she will table Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. to table budget that’s expected to deal with COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

Robinson released a fiscal update last December that said the impact of the pandemic on B.C.’s economy was uncertain

Paramedic Matthew Schlatter of Victoria is living a fuller life today due to the double lung transplant he received in 2019. He encourages B.C. residents to register as an organ donor and let their families know their wishes. (Instagram/Matthew Schlatter)
B.C. man living a full, active life after double-lung transplant

Matt Schlatter encourages people to register as an organ donor to help others live

(Photo by Mojpe/Pixabay)
Canadian kids extracting record amounts from Tooth Fairy

Our neighbours in the U.S. receive slightly less from Tooth Fairy visits

Most Read