A portion of fees off-road vehicle owners pay when registering their vehicles will be dedicated to supporting projects that build new and maintain existing recreation trails in remote and rural areas.
Minister of State for Rural Economic Development Donna Barnett made the announcement Thursday on behalf of Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson at Spectra Power Sports in Williams Lake.
She calls it exciting news.
“I’ve been involved with it for 40 years and there was no other means except there was gaming grants at one time and there’s these jobs types of funding which we utilize, but this will be something the clubs can rely on for maintenance too.”
Projects will be selected once the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations develop formal guidelines and an application process that will be available to First Nations and stakeholder groups for review this fall.
The ORV Trail Management Sub-Account currently totals $320,000.
“It takes time to build up funds, etcetera so finally we’re there,” says Barnett who adds that it’s something Government had committed to organizations when the new ORV act was passed. “It’s a great announcement for trails for off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, four-wheeling. The fund will continue to be there.”
More than 100,000 off road vehicles have been registered at a one-time fee of $48 dollars per vehicle since the province introduced the mandatory registration for vehicles operating on crown land in 2015.