Columbia Trails Society is a registered, non-profit society, based in
Rossland B.C., funded by and serving the communities of the Lower
Columbia region. We exist to manage, maintain and develop a regional
network of recreational trails for a variety of non-motorized trail
users. These trails serve as a popular amenity for local residents, and
as a significant draw for visitors.
The society is governed by a dedicated volunteer board, and operations are carried out by an experienced professional trails manager and crew. Most of our trails are located on private property, and public access is only made possible by the generous cooperation of the landowners, who enter into insured agreements with the society.
Our combination of sustained public funding, access to private land, professional trail management and partnerships with dedicated volunteers and community members is widely regarded in BC as the benchmark for successful community trail development. Many communities would like to emulate our model and we are happy to share our experience in the interest of broader community health and wellness.
KCTS AGM 2014 held at the Fire Hall, Rossland.
The 2013 KCTS Trail Maintenance Crew
(L-R: Jacob, Brad, Cam, and Stew)
Photo: Art Harrison
Some of the 2012 KCTS Directors having a meeting atop the Antenna Trail in Montrose.
The KCTS is guided by a strong mission and set of values that are core to achieving our vision of providing the best trail network possible to the communities that we serve. Our mission is to partner with local communities and other stakeholders to provide a network of recreational trails for non motorized users in the Lower Columbia region.
• Decision making based on our mission, values and guiding priorities.
• High quality professionally managed trail network.
• To all stakeholders including users, members, landowners, insurance providers, volunteers and funders.
• Realizing that our users depend on us to keep the network remarkable for years to come, and that landowners expect respect for the environment.
• Focusing on non motorized activities to, from and during use of our trail.
• Trail development that minimizes future maintenance.
• Pursuing opportunities to ensure permanent funding.
• Ensure the sustainability of the organization.
• Consider and review all KCTS stakeholder interests in the Lower Columbia region.
• Engaged users, members, management, volunteers and board members to ensure the support needed to maintain a vibrant and successful organization.
• Efficient use of resources to service large segments of the population.
• Partnering with organizations and individuals to achieve common goals and create value for our community.
Revised and adopted by the KCTS Board at the January 2017 monthly meeting.