June 9-12, 2013 - Peterborough
We wish to thank Assistant Deputy Minister Phil Malcolmson for attending with Anna Ilnyckyj, Director, Policy Branch and Carol Oitment for attending from the MTCS!
We wish to thank Robert Orland from Orland Conservation for his insightful Presentations on Land Procurement and Understanding Trails. His presentations broke new ground and provided all trail users and managers present with new material to think about!
We wish to thank BackRoads Mapbooks, Damian Bradley, Hap Wilson, Faraj Nakhleh from Trak Maps and Cathy Anderson from Advermap for presenting.
Trail Tourist Panel -
We wish to thank welcome Cyclists, Louisa Mursell, Tim West from the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, John Robb from Ontario Geocachers Association and Bonnie Simpson from OTRA and Mike Pinkerton from Hatfield McCoy Trails for their contributions as panelists to the Trail Tourism Panel.
International Trail Panel
We wish to thank Author Loreen Niewenhuis for her talk about her experience circumnavigating, on foot - the waterfront trails of the Great Lakes! In 2009, Loreen Niewenhuis walked the perimeter of Lake Michigan and wrote the best selling book, "A 1000-MILE WALK ON THE BEACH".
In her presentation, she took us along the shores of all five Great Lakes and many of the waterways connecting them. In words, photos, and video, she explored the geology, hydrology, and natural history of the largest system of fresh water lakes in the world. She illuminated the threats to this massive ecosystem: invasive species, pollution, destruction of wetlands, and the gradual warming of the lakes.
We thank Lisa Filter of Minnesota Parks and Trails Council and Nancy Krupiarz from Michigan Trails and Greenways Association and Fran Gotscik of Parks and Trails for their presentations and the efforts they made to inform us of how their organizations work and the challenges they face.
We have updated the program and our 14 module program is here for the using. If you have staff to train, trails to manage or want a session in your area on a particular topic let us know. We'll coordinate a session or series on your behalf.
|Volunteer Management||View PDF|
|Business Planning and Budgetting||View PDF|
|Regulation and Legislation||View PDF|
|Ecosystem and Natural Heritage||View PDF|
|Wilderness First Aid||View PDF|
|Food and Nutrition||View PDF|
|Marketing and Promotion||View PDF|
|Health and Safety||View PDF|
|Technology for Trails - Level 1||View PDF|
|Trail Design (2 days)||View PDF|
|Trail Risk Management||View PDF|
|Trail Committee Development||Manual|
|Trail Steward- On Line Learning||Program|
|Trail Planning - On Line||Program|
Trails Insurance Program AvailableOnce again, members of the trails community find themselves seeking alternative trails insurance. The volatility and unpredictability of your insurance plan keeping you hopping? Wondering what you are getting, curious if your agent or the underwriter understands trails?
If you want:
- cost stability
- product assurance
- insurance perseverance
- a broker that understands trails
Further to our recent discussions, I wanted to let you know that we have investigated various markets to get a sense of the appetite that insurers have for coverage associated with trails. Our findings suggest that coverage is available - but from a very limited number of carriers and that the cost of insurance in this class is not heading down anytime soon. The reality is that there have been losses associated with trails in general and that the frequency and severity of claims is on the rise.
On the positive side of the issue, we have had several specific discussions of late with our current carriers at Lloyd's of London and we are (collectively) very interested in ramping up our work with OTC to connect with your associates who manage trails. We and the insurers we represent are firm in our commitment to work collaboratively with the OTC trail community to develop a comprehensive risk management strategy that makes sense - and insurance is just one part of that strategy.
As for what trail insurance products we have "in the box” right now:
a) Commercial General Liability coverage —premium costs start at $1,000.00 for $2,000,000 coverage.
In the near future OTC will be bundling these products as a part of membership services and products.
Low maintenance - Using weatherproof decals our methods allow users to quickly and easily provide you with information you need to assess, improve, direct, re-direct, or provide information to the user - while on the trail. Our proprietary method has been developed by over 140 trail users and with the input of The City of Thunder Bay and Norfolk County Trail Managers.
Packages - OTC Member? - Take $25.00 off each package!
- Blue - 4-10 trails: $300.00 plus HST and registration fees
- Maximum 20 sheets of decals
- Green - 10-20 trails: $500.00 plus HST and registration fees
- Maximum 40 sheets of decals
- Gold - 20 or more trails: Starting at $1,000 plus HST and registration fees
Ontario Trails - Your Data Wanted
Since 2007 the Ontario Trails Council has collected trails data, and turned that data into our award winning website, as mandated by the desires of the trails community reflected in the Ontario Trails Strategy. Nearly 1,000,000 people a year turn to this information in order to find you and your trails.
The characteristics we are looking for are:
- Trailhead Longitude
- Trailhead Latitude
- Completion Time (hours)
- Elevation Change (m)
- Trailhead Elevation (m)
- Maximum Elevation (m)
- Cross Slope Average (%)
- Cross Slope Maximum (%)
- Minimum Trail Width (m)
- Average Trail Width (m)
- Maximum Grade (%)
- Average Grade (%)
- Trail Surface
- Trail Classification (Trail Group/Local Classification/Difficulty/ Rating eg: OFSC Trail Classes)
5. Trail Hazards (Poison Ivy, Steep Slopes)
6. Trail Fees (Day Pass, Donation, Parking etc.)
7. Seasons/Dates of Operation
8. Trail Amenities (Visitor Centre, Beach, Boat Launch etc.)
9. Trail Enforcement
10. Trail Permits
11. Trail Speed Limit
12. Trail Signage
13. Trail Environmental Concerns
14. Trail Permitted Use (Dogs on Leash)
- Date of Collection
- Data Collector
- Trail sensitivity (high /low)