STA announces recipients of Member Grant funding

STA logo high res cmykThe Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA) is pleased to announce that the Fatlanders Fat Tire Brigade, Timber Trail Sno Riders Snowmobile Club and Whiteswan Snow Hawks Snowmobile Club are the latest recipients of funding through the STA Member Grant program.

Through the program, grants of up to $1,000 for building new trails or undergoing maintenance projects such as updating maps, fixing signs, purchasing maintenance tools or adding GPS capabilities are available to STA members through an application process. The grants are reviewed by a volunteer committee.

“We are pleased to fund these worthy projects that will help to strengthen the trail network in Saskatchewan,” said STA President Saul Lipton. “This year’s funding will assist with new trails being built and existing trails undergoing much-needed renovation, while also help with the development of a new winter sport that’s generating widespread interest in our province.”

Fatlanders Fat Tire Brigade is receiving $1,000 to support their Winter Fat Bike Groomed Trail Network. Fat bikes are off-road bicycles with oversized tires that are designed for low ground pressure to allow riding on soft, unstable terrain such as snow, sand, bogs and mud. The group has been working with the City of Saskatoon and the Meewasin Valley Authority to establish a winter fat bike specific groomed trail network “Man of the Trees Winter Trail Network” in an abandoned tree farm at the edge of the city limits.

The STA is giving Timber Trail Sno Riders Snowmobile Club $500 toward the upkeep of their trail in Big River. Whiteswan Snow Hawks Snowmobile Club is also receiving $500. The group is looking to build a trail to be used by ATVs and snowmobiles running from East Trout Lake to Little Bear Lake. STA Member Grants are handed out annually.

The next application deadline is Dec. 31, 2018. Further information on STA funding programs is available at http://sasktrails.ca/trail-builders/#funding.

STA AGM is the ultimate networking event to discuss trails and outdoor recreational activities

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We’re excited to reveal more details about the STA AGM, which is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the George Bothwell Library in Regina (2965 Gordon Rd).

This is a can’t-miss event that attracts a diverse group of people who are passionate about Saskatchewan’s trail network. While we reflect on the year that was for the STA and our diverse membership base, we also look to the future and discuss ways in which we can continue to improve the trail system in the province.

You will hear from trail administrators who are working tirelessly to maintain their trails and provide recreational opportunities for the public. You will meet the trailblazers who are doing incredible work to promote trails and physical activity. You will learn more about the national trail movement and how our province fits into the picture.

The AGM features a fantastic group of presenters and there’s also an opportunity for interested persons to step forward and join our volunteer board of directors. Whether you’re part of a trail group or just love the outdoors, we’d love to see you at the 2018 STA AGM.

Featuring great presentations…

Let’s Build a Trail – Joe Milligan, Recreation/Interpretive Specialist, Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport
Saskatchewan has thousands of kilometres of trails that can be used for snowmobiling, ATV’ing, hiking, cross-country skiing, cycling, backpacking, walking and paddling. Volunteers play a vital role in the initiating, building and maintaining the province’s diverse trail network. This session will provide an overview of the process involved in creating the vison for a trail, from the construction to the necessity of volunteers to the celebrations that follow during the grand opening.

Trail Outings: Fun for the Whole Family – Paul & Cambri Cutting, Travel Bloggers http://www.cuttingintoadventure.com
Paul & Cambri Cutting love to explore Saskatchewan’s trail network with their young daughter Vaeanna. As a young family in southern Saskatchewan that is always busy, the Cuttings have found that going on trail outings are a great way to stay active and spend quality time as a family. On the family’s blog they share their love of the outdoors, tales of their authentic adventures and tips they learn along the way. In this presentation, you’ll learn about how they plan great trail adventures that involve a toddler.

2018 AGM AGENDA

10:30 a.m.

Welcome from STA President Saul Lipton
Member Roundtable
Presentation by Joe Milligan of the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport on the trail building process
Presentation by Paul & Cambri Cutting on planning great trail adventures that involve a toddler

12 p.m. Lunch
(on your own)

12:45 p.m. Call to Order
Review of the Previous Meeting Minutes
Business Arising From the Minutes
President’s Report
Approval of Financial Statements
Approval of Auditor
Bylaw Amendments
Resolutions
Board of Directors Election
New Business
Adjournment