Newsletter Issue 10 – Spring 2017

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Trail Business

When I first moved to the BLT area, I started using the trail right away for running and walking. I did not think that much about how or why the trail was there, who maintained it, or how it was paid for – I just used it. If someone had asked me, I probably would have guessed the government was responsible for most of the work and funding. When I joined the Board of Directors, I was really in for an education. While it is true that the majority of funding for the trail does come from government sources (mostly municipal and provincial), nothing “just happens.” Volunteers have to apply for the funding on a yearly basis and take advantage of grant opportunities when they come up. Maintenance is also usually done by volunteers. Most people out for a bike ride or a Saturday training run have no idea how their outdoor activities depend on just a few dedicated people who keep the ground beneath them free of trash, new growth, potholes, and amply supplied with crusher dust. If you’re interested in learning more about how the trail functions, please attend our AGM this year! For more info, see below. Read More …

Annual General Meeting 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Lakeside Community Center
1492 St. Margaret’s Bay Road

Please come out to our Annual General Meeting to sign up for or renew your membership, and find out what is happening with your local trail.

Refreshments provided.

Agenda to be posted soon.

SPECIAL RESOLUTION REQUIRED

On January 11, 2017, the Board of Directors have put forth a proposed change to the Associations By-Laws regarding membership. Members of the association are to vote on these changes at the Annual General Meeting.

BLT Trail Closed

Unfortunately the BLT Trail is closed due to province wide travel ban. Dry conditions are making firefighting efforts difficult in many areas of the province. Precautions are being taken to ensure firefighters are not dealing with more fires than they can handle. The trail will be closed until further notice.

The province issued a statement restricting travel in wooded areas. We support the province’s decision and have put signs at our trail gates.

Conditions are extremely dry in many areas. In fact, some regions have not been this dry in 15 years.

People cannot do things like hike or ride off-highway vehicles on Crown lands. The last time this type of restriction was put in place was in 2001. These restrictions will be in place as long as necessary. The public will be notified when they are lifted.

More information can be found on the NSFire FAQ page. See the section “General – Travel Restrictions”.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

More Information
NS Fire Updates
Other trail closure in HRM
Metro News Article
CTV News, video on the fires
Global News, video on fines