June 15 Community Briefs

Trail building needs stamp approval, call for arts space grant applications

Trail building needs stamp approval

British Columbians who enjoy recreational activities in rural areas are reminded that it is illegal to cut down trees without permission, build unauthorized trails or construct unapproved recreational facilities on Crown land.

Government agencies, forestry licensees and local recreation groups work co-operatively to develop and maintain authorized trails to minimize negative impacts on the landscape.

Failure to comply with applicable legislation may result in penalties of up to $10,000, remediation orders and/or prison terms of up to six months.

Members of the public are encouraged to call 1 877 952-7277 toll-free (or #7277 on a cellphone) to report illegal trails or suspicious activity. They can also report a suspected natural resource violation online by filling out a form at: https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hen/nrv/report.htm


Call for arts space grants

Arts and culture organizations now can apply for grants of up to $50,000 for small capital projects.

Collaborative Spaces grants will support:

* Renovations to expand or repurpose an existing creative space (for example, a gallery or theatre).

* Renovations to expand or repurpose an existing community facility for increased creative purposes (for example, a friendship centre or heritage site).

* The purchase of specialized equipment (for example, a film projector, theatre seating or sound equipment).

Arts and culture groups, band councils, Aboriginal friendship centres and non-profit organizations with an arts and culture mandate are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Sept. 1.