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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Who IS in Charge?!

Posted on Sun, Aug 23, 2009 at 10:16 AM

I love walking the trails around HRM. Gets me to some interesting places, spaces and yes to work. Been sitting on this one for awhile now, making calls and asking questions. Several months ago, I stopped to chat with a Trail Warden the only to find out the province didn't build these trails, neither did the city or the feds. Most trails are built by volunteers! They raise money, put in a full work week for free, and the politicians come cut ribbons at trail openings and get all the credit. My words not his. He was just graciously explaining how trails are built and why this one wasn't finished. Why he couldn't really do anything about the ATVs trashing the trail or adjacent wilderness.

So who is in charge of the trails? Not the volunteers either, they have to comply with everyone elses rules. DNR, that as I find out contributes NOTHING! not time nor the money. HRM that has this great plan in place but then doesn't want to actually DO anything? There are staff in place at Fairbanks Centre - what exactly do they do? Why do volunteers put up with all the civil servants shit?

I asked the next pair of trail wardens I found on another trail just why they do it?

That group had two watersheds, a salt marsh, a migratory flight path, a conservation area, trails, a provincial park and a possible municpal park on their hands!

I couldn't keep up with nearly the stuff they do for us. My original conversation was about idiots on ATVs, the drunks a couple of months ago tearing up the place.

If YOU see anything on the trails around HRM or have a complaint, PLEASE direct it to the local police, or conservation officers 1-800-565-2224. Immediately!

And while we are at it get a Trails Act for the province that works, and some help for these people building the trails, and no the majority of them do not even own ATVs. So I have stopped blaming them for all the ATV's here in HRM. But I wouldn't oppose a BYLAW against ATVs in HRM


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