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Friends of Trails
Media News re trails 2001
Jan. 23, 2001, Lacombe Globe, by Greg Matt
CARTS helping ensure trails in
Capitalizing on Central Alberta's rich scenery organizations like
Central Alberta Regional Trails Society (CARTS) will ensure adequate
trails are constructed for residents to enjoy.
Although CARTS does not actually build new walking, hiking and bike
trails, they do assist interested groups in organizing and setting them
"We have ended up being a liason between community groups, Alberta
Trail Net and the TransCanada trail," said Bill McQuesten, Lacombe Town
Councillor and vice-chairman of CARTS.
CARTS remains in contact with interested groups and then assists
them in the type of construction required and any other areas they would
need help with.
In addition, CARTS will help outline the procedures for the
designation and development of rural recreational trails in Central
With 50 to 60 members in their organization they try to maintain a
blend of those in favor of trails throughout the region and those who
"We have encouraged landowners to get involved, we need input from
those who are directly affected," said McQuesten.
Some of the key issues they have found include who will maintain
these trails, who will support them and that they carry adequate
McQuesten said that with current laws, if a person was injured
while venturing off a trail onto a landowner's property, the landowner
could be held liable.
Alberta should look at recent initiatives in Eastern Canada that
made amendments to ensure landowners protection.
Despite how the law currently works, McQuesten said there are rural
landowners who know the value of the trails and would like to see them
made available to everyone.
"There are a number of people in the rural community who are
strongly in favor of the trails," said McQuesten.
CARTS has a meager $2,000 budget, most of which is a lottery grant,
but since becoming a society are now eligible to conduct fundraisers to
obtain money to develop a pamphlet highlighting the many trails
throughout the region.
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