Trail Group Welcomes Important Challenge
The Cumberland Trails Association wants official permission to maintain The Spur Line Trail in Pugwash.
Association president, Greg Nix, says the former railway line has become a very popular trail for multiple uses, including winter and summer motorized vehicles, bicycles, and walkers.
Nix says the rail trail is the connector from Oxford to New Glasgow and there are growing concerns about keeping the trail open. Three bridges on the fourteen kilometre section are in need of repair, one likely needs replacement.
The photo shows the second of three bridges with erosion that has seriously undermined the structure. While the other may likely be repaired, this one needs to be replaced.
The Department of Lands and Forestry has jurisdiction over the trails and Cumberland Trails wants formal approval to take on the project, estimated to cost as much as 150 thousand dollars. The group has already raised fifteen thousand from local donations.
Local snowmobile and ATV riders play a role in seasonal grooming, but Cumberland Trails is prepared to assume responsibility for the Rail Trail.
Nix asked for a letter of support from the Village Commission, which was quickly granted. The pitch will go to the Minister of Lands and Forestry. Letters from individuals are also welcome and Nix says it would help the cause.
If approved, the trails association will develop a more detailed plan and seek funding at different levels of government.
To offer a letter of support, contact Greg Nix at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (902) 243-3295.
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