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Ted Morton - Principal | Operations Manager
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GIVING BACK

A few years back I had the honour to ride a few of the old dominion trails (trails typically built as fire-lookouts), these old trails evoked a myriad of emotions within: exploration, humbleness, belonging, respect and responsibility. There was something about the history of these trails, their locations and their sheer beauty that made feel extremely privileged to roll down those pieces of singletrack. Revelstoke hold's a place in my heart.

My work - creating exceptional experiences - has a very measurable marker of success; rider happiness.

My work, also has a very measurable marker of impact.

Any time we ride a trail, we have an impact. Seeking happiness on singletrack, often means, impact.

A trails existence on the landscape, is a direct impact. Over the years I've been extremely cognizant of our impacts, I am fully aware of the opportunity costs associated with hosting events and I have worked hard to ensure that we are always vested stakeholders, follow the proper process and work collaboratively with the management groups and stakeholders of the trails we use. In the past, we've created IMBA trail days for host communities, and to date donated more than $90,000 to local trail clubs, and coordinated work days throughout the province of BC.

My event company is a fully tenured commercial operator in the province of BC - What does that mean? Basically, it means that I've been issued a permit to run the event on the trails we utilize, this process includes consultation with a diverse group of operators, user-groups, management groups (trail clubs) and  the public to name a few.  The process is meant to be a collaborative affair, to ensure that impacts have prevention, mitigation and control mechanisms, and ultimately, that we are a responsible user of the land.

*Important note* We are extremely grateful for the years of volunteer labour, expertise and passion that has been poured into this trail, and it has never been our goal to stifle or compete, we truly embrace them and have hosted a few volunteer days in 2017 on the trail*

What is the goal of this event? Back to my first point, I feel responsible to be an active steward, and without getting into a land-use management class, this means being involved in the process of helping trails that need more, drastic or improved love.  With the popularity of Heli-Biking in the Revelstoke area, I realized that a few trails would need some improvements, they needed a care-taker. Someone to help ensure that they are able to withstand the increased public and commercial use, along with retaining their historic and natural characteristics.

So, I created an event that was based on revitalizing and maintaining these trails.  The original idea was three trails, but after two-years of applications, it was shortened to include only one.  Yes, I do make a modest living from utilizing these public trails for commercial use and that's why I feel it's my duty to go above and beyond in our remediation programs. It is why I try to operate with integrity, tact, be a legitimate user of the land and be a vested stakeholder through land use agreements.

The event's main purpose is to create an active steward and resource capacity for the maintenance, mitigation and control of impacts on this trail - (Of course, we also want to have a wicked time riding bikes and enjoy the view). 
We do this through the following:

  1. Increase Resources
    This event provides the only source of capital for maintenance improvements and mitigation.

    • The event is the primary funding partner, contributing more than $13,000 in 2017, with Tourism Revelstoke and Arrow Helicopters being the secondary and tertiary funders, allowing the project to operate with a budget of close to $26,000.​

    • The event is also a supporter of the other trails in the event, donating $2500 to the RCA in 2017 for the Boulder Mountain Network. This amount was increased from the original amount of $1500 in August 2017 as we recognized that the summer of 2017 was exceptionally tough.
       

  2. Reporting
    Last year we collected over 40 points of interest on the trail, measuring prior damage.

    • We catalogued them as baseline data before the event and sent trail crews out to mitigate the highest risk POIs.

    • The baseline data was used post-event to ensure that our trail crews would be able to repair or improve the highest risk section and monitor the impacts of the event. 

    • We applied and were successful in obtaining a Section 57, to reroute a small portion of trail that went through a continuously wet and sensitive area.

    • We completed a final report, that includes a catalogue of all work done, areas to monitor and the baseline data of the trails' status in August 2017.
       

  3. To provide an opportunity to showcase these trails in a controlled manner and educate riders on impacts and best practices. Yes, yes, we want to ride the trail, that's obviously a main goal!
     

  4. Coordination of work projects - we hire trail crews that work within the RSTBC guidelines, we don't just throw money at the project.

  • We plan the work in three-phases - Trail Opening, Trail Maintenance and Trail Closure.

  • The event also has a three-phased approach of pre-event, event and post event3.  Reporting - Last year we collected over 40 points of interest on the trail, measuring prior damage. We catalogued them as baseline data before the event and sent trail crews out to mitigate the highest risk POIs

  • This event worked with the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society - we had members from their team, educating and washing bikes prior to heading to the alpine.

FUTURE OF THE EVENT: The event will take a break in 2019, we want to give the trail a chance to breathe. After which, we will look to transition ownership of the event the RCA, so that they may maintain an internal funding source for the trails succession.

 

If you would like to view a copy of the final report or discuss - please email ted@bcenduro.com