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From time to time, North Cowichan undertakes the development of new trails based on either community planning and/or filling missing needs within the Managed Forest Lands.
If you have interest in developing trails within North Cowichan, specifically within the Managed Forest Lands, it is important to know the process that we look for in advance of tools hitting the ground or trails being considered for development.
We request that all trail development follows the protocol set out in the IMBA's Trail Solutions book. Within this guide book, it identfies the following 11 steps:
Additional thought on trail development and the user's experience can be found within the Bureau of Land Management (US)'s Guidelines for a Quality Trail Experience.
When pondering trail development, be aware that the Municipality, through its Parks & Trails Master Plan has identified the following key uses for our primary mountains, along with our timeline for rolling out mapping for each of them is as follows:
|Maple Mountain||Hiking, Mountain Biking, Equestrian||2018|
|Mount Tzouhalem||Hiking, Mountain Biking||2018|
|Mount Richards||Hiking, Equestrian||2019 to 2020|
|Mount Prevost||Hiking, Downhill Mountain Biking||2019 to 2020|
Currently, we are also asking for trails to be considered be vetted with the Cowichan Trail Stewardship Society, as they are becoming responsible for trail maintenance within our Managed Forest Lands and are our partners in overseeing trails on Maple Mountain and Mount Tzouhalem.
In addition to these stages, all trails must be carried out according to established best practices and standards. North Cowichan's preferred guidelines for construction and maintenance of mountain bike trails are described in:
To contact us to discuss trail development and future plans, please email firstname.lastname@example.org