Off-roaders contribute sweat equity
Over the past weeks there have been several letters published deploring government support for all-terrain vehicles. If my memory serves, it was the ATV association that approached government to put the $40 surcharge on off-highway vehicle licences for the particular purpose of recreational trail improvements.
In addition to this, ATV users spend many hours of volunteer time clearing back brush, removing deadfalls, installing bridges and culverts, and doing other work aimed at trail improvement.
And ATV users recognize the rights of others to use the trails.
Now I ask the cyclists and hikers: What have they contributed to the trails? Do they even carry out their own trash? Have they stooped to pick that deadfall from the trail, or snipped that low branch? How often do they join a bridging party?
In Sydney the residents near the Baille Ard subdivision have spent much time and money developing recreational trails on a piece of government land and now are advocating for the area to become a provincial park. Maintenance costs would therefore become a provincial responsibility. What the source of funds for construction was I don’t know, but I wonder if some of it was not grant money. Good luck to them. At least they contributed labour.
How much did our complainers do? If they don’t want to share the trails, let them stick to the multi-million-dollar boardwalk. D.B. Morrison Morrison Road