Recreation & Participation / Trail Advocacy
Our role is to educate and advocate, not regulate. As such, we have an active volunteer recreation committee that advocates on behalf of equestrians for continued horse and rider access to public trails and lands. The committee:
- participates in and provides input to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) and other regulatory bodies on the development and maintenance of trails and recreational areas;
- advocates for equal safe access to trails;
- communicates with Alberta Environment and Parks regarding trailhead and parking management;
- educates the public and other user groups on equestrian trail use safety;
- installs trail safety signage.
To get involved with the committee, please contact us.
Friends of the Eastern Slopes
Another Club Member, Friends of the Eastern Slopes is incorporated as a not-for-profit society. The group’s first project was the Bighorn Campground located on Parks Canada’s Ya Ha Tinda Ranch. They negotiated with Parks Canada to take over as the stewards of the campground. Through proactive volunteer efforts, Friends of the Eastern Slopes Association has been entrusted by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development and the Bighorn Backcountry Committee with the stewardship of the Hummingbird, Eagle Creek, and Cutoff Forest Recreation areas.
There are many resources to view, including additional campgrounds on their website.
When it comes to advocacy for equestrian trail use, our role is to educate. The Government of Alberta’s role is to regulate.
We have an active recreation committee that continues to meet year-round. Much of their time is put into participating and providing input to Alberta Forestry, Parks and Tourism (AFPT), and other regulatory bodies, regarding plans for the development and maintenance of trails and recreational areas.