We are proud to announce that the Calgary ATV Riders Association was recently awarded a $98,000 matching grant from the National Trails Coalition (NTC) Infrastructure Program, a key partner in Canada’s Economic Action Plan.
The grant was matched with another $98K of confirmed donated funding from the Provincial/Federal MLAs, AOHVA and from other specialty donated services. That totals $196,000 in funding for the Ghost area trail system.
The funding is intended to complete trail maintenance and modular bridge installations east of the Fallen Timber PRA in the Ghost FLUZ, which is NW of Cochrane. Work must be completed over the next ~8 months.
Our Stewardship Coordinator and vice-President, Garry Salekin will be coordinating the club's efforts to meet the grant requirements. Great effort by Garry to secure this trail maintenance funding.
This is in addition to the continual ATV bridge installations, trail maintenance activities, organized rides/events, trade-show representation and back-country first-aid training that the club is involved in.
The Calgary ATV Riders stewardship coordinator Garry Salekin has completed about 40+km of trail work with respect to this grant. Some was in the SE quadrant near WP#'s 117-115 (East of Airstrip), 109-111 (Cow Lake), 117-109 (South of Airstrip), 97-73 (SE of Waiparous campground). Additional work was performed west of the Fallen Timber PRA, WP# 193>389>387>385>375>373 (although NOT all inclusive).
He has also completed the five additional CARA ATV bridge installs in that approximate area. Including a hurdle of a second theft of bridge installation lumber after the helicopter drop in Sept.
Garry met with the local MP in the photo and Cochrane/Ottawa newspaper reporters reviewing the excellent work and jobs that were created from this grant.
Hopefully next year we will receive even greater funding and be able to further contribute to the much needed maintenance and development of the Ghost PLUZ area.
Another reason to support your local clubs and organizations who work to keep you riding by building bridges, not fences to keep you out!