Speak Up for Trails
Our trails were there when you needed them most
Now our trails need you
Tell government trails matter and deserve investment
The deadline is December 31, 2020
Here at Hike NS, we really missed hiking our favourite trails back in the early days of the pandemic. At that point, parks and trails were closed in an effort to help control the spread of COVID-19. When we heard the news on May 1st they were open once again we were so happy. We bet you were too. We could return to the trails to de-stress after a long confinement. The healing effects of nature and the physical activity was a tonic for our bodies, minds and souls. Trails are free to use and hiking is one of the few activities we can still do while in a state of emergency.
Imagine if your favourite trail was permanently closed because it couldn’t be maintained or was unsafe? That would be awful.
Did you know that many of our trails in parks and protected areas are at risk due to lack of funding to properly maintain them? Did you realize that many of our local community trails are managed by volunteer groups that are struggling to keep up with their maintenance? There is a provincial Shared Strategy for Trails in Nova Scotia
, but is it getting the support it deserves?
It takes time, effort and money to make sure trails stay open and safe for you to enjoy. Our trails are there for us during this pandemic when we need them most. Now our trails need you.
The provincial government is consulting with Nova Scotians on its budget for next year. The deadline for input is December 31st, 2020
. It wants to know what is important to you to help it set spending priorities for the year to come.
Please make your voice heard through this consultation by telling the Government of Nova Scotia that you love our trails and they deserve more investment.
Email the Government of Nova Scotia at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about the Government of Nova Scotia's Budget Talks 2021-22
Ideas to Consider Including in Your Email
(Feel free to copy and paste and then tailor with your own ideas)
Suggested email subject line: NS Budget Talks 2021-22
Suggested email text:
I write to give the Government of Nova Scotia feedback for its Budget Talks 2021-22. I love our trails and think they deserve more investment. Trails should be a spending priority for the year to come.
Being able to hike on my favourite local trails is part of how I cope with everyday stress and the added stress of the pandemic.
I hike because [please insert why you hike, for example: it makes me feel good, to get some physical activity, for my mental health, to connect with friends and family, to enjoy nature, etc.].
Many of our trails in parks and protected areas are at risk due to lack of funding to properly maintain them. Many of our local community trails are managed by volunteer groups who are struggling to keep up with their maintenance.
I urge the Government of Nova Scotia to:
- Directly invest in trails and related infrastructure in parks and protected areas so that they can be managed to ensure public safety and protection of the environment and can be proudly promoted for use by Nova Scotians and visitors
- Provide more funding for volunteer-based community trail groups to build and maintain their trails
- Ensure that the Shared Strategy for Trails in Nova Scotia is well-funded and fully implemented
Thank you for your consideration.