Annual Report 2016 | Page 13

Member Report South Whiteshell Trail Association, SWTA I continue to be inspired by the incredible commitment of our SWTA Board Members and volunteers. We truly have a beautiful trail system in the South Whiteshell that continues to grow and improve. Last season we faced challenging weather conditions; first with severe forest fires,, then flooding and finally extreme winds which brought down hundreds of trees throughout our area. MB Sustainable Development took on a leadership role in coordinating trail reconstruction and repair and most of our trails are now in excellent condition. These coordinated efforts were much appreciated. Here are some of the highlights from the past year: � The Lost Lake Trail was completed and now provides opportunities for excellent hiking and intermediate mountain bike cycling. This beautiful wilderness trail connects the TCT along Highway 44 with the Mantario Trail, providing vistas of West Hawk Lake, Lost Lake and Caddy Lake, while creating an interconnected system of trails in the area. � Our new Mountain Bike Trail Initiative continues to gain momentum. Trails have been developed/improved on both the Five of Diamonds, (Falcon Trails Resort) and Blue Highway sections of trail. Volunteers have played a significant role and dedicated many hours of hard work towards developing and improving these sections of trail. We have applied for a grant to MEC to further develop this initiative and will find out next month if we are successful. (Continued on page 14) Annual Report 2016-Trails Manitoba p.13