About us2019-01-07T14:13:07-08:00

A PASSION FOR THE TRAILS.

In late 2003 a group of recreationists with an abiding passion for Vedder Mountain’s trails came together to make a difference. Representatives from Backcountry Horseman of BC, Vedder Running Club, Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association, Chilliwack Outdoor Club and Vedder Mountain Motorcycle Club came together in what initially would appear to be an un-holy union to support collective interests in Vedder Mountain’s trails. We agreed that our common interests outstripped our differences. This cooperative approach gave birth to a unique partnership that has seldom been seen amongst recreationists. Our original members felt that the interests of today’s recreation enthusiasts were being lost to the relentless pressures of industry and the logging trade. The end result was a very real fear that the juggernaut of industry and economy would leave recreation, nature, green spaces and future places of exercise and recreation on Vedder Mountain a mere figment of our collective imaginings.

In early 2004, ad hoc rallies in support of Vedder Mountain’s extensive trail network brought hundreds of supporters and the media out in force. The coverage received led to never before attention from industry and logging representatives and Government officials, and Vedder Mountain Trails Association was born.

VMTA began with a mandate to negotiate with industry and the government on behalf of all of the members of our respective individual recreational clubs. Our goal; legitimizing and sanctioning of the extensive network of trails on Vedder Mountain to preserve them for future generations. To this end the VMTA executive pursued meetings and eventually (in 2005) secured agreements with NorthWest Hardwoods to preserve trails that lay within their permitted logging cutblocks. Pre and post-harvest tours allowed VMTA to have input on what are good and bad logging practices relative to the preservation of our trails. As a result, trails that would have been lost are open and available for the enjoyment of anyone who wants to venture into the woods.

VMTA continues to negotiate with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Art representatives pursuing our goal of achieving a legally recognized status for these trails. The end result would be trails that could not disappear. These negotiations have led to comprehensive GPS mapping of the trail network, education and instruction on trail establishment, planning, building and maintaining and the ability to secure some funding to assist with ongoing trail signage and maintenance. Though our job is far from done, the trails we have today are better, safer, and more sustainable as a result and will only get better. We at VMTA live by our motto; “Making Vedder Trails Better”.

Please note that VMTA does not keep an inventory of trail maps to share. Contact the user group directly whose trails you wish to use.
Interested in Becoming a Member of VMTA? Contact Us Below!

The Purpose of our Society is:

  • To lobby and negotiate with government and government agencies (i.e. Forest District Managers) on behalf of associated user groups and other affiliated associations for sustainable trail access.

  • To negotiate on behalf of our user groups for sanctioning and acquisition of legal status for trails in the public forest (i.e. Crown lands).

  • To negotiate on behalf of our user groups for acquisition of stewardship status over sanctioned trials.

  • To promote and adhere to trail building and maintenance standards within the areas of stewardship.

  • To assign trail maintenance responsibilities to individuals or associated groups based upon Integrated usage of trail or area.

  • To organize trail maintenance or garbage collection days.

  • To produce or acquire appropriate signage for trails indication: legal trail status, trail name, intended use, difficulty level.

  • To post and maintain trail signage.

  • To allocate user and membership fees as well as corporate and individual financial contributions appropriate to fund the society’s purposes.

  • To promote educational programs in safety, trail courtesy, trail standards trail and trail feature construction and environmental awareness within the member recreational user groups and the general public.

  • To preserve general access for use of horses, mountain bikes and motorcycles and to preserve general access to runners and hikers on public lands on Vedder Mountain.

Contact Us.

For any concerns about specific user groups please visit the individual group’s website for contact information.

Board Contact:

President: Ernie Kliever – ernie.kliever@gmail.com

Vice President: Graham Dyble – grahamdyble@gmail.com

Treasurer: Gary Baker – garywbaker@shaw.ca

Secretary: Rose Schroeder – milkmaidrose@gmail.com

Directors:

Clarence Wiens – clarun@telus.net

Brian Dick – briantyee@gmail.com

Ray Heppner – raymondheppner@gmail.com