In the recent Ghost Access Management Plan it was agreed that ATVs would not be allowed in the Ghost River valley because their use was not compatible with well established hiking, climbing and equestrian activity in the area. So what’s happening now?
The dirt bike riders, perhaps encouraged by recent logging along the TransAlta access road and the new parks plan, are lobbying very hard for a trail in the non-motorized area. It would be a figure 8 loop crossing the Ghost River 3 times and climbing onto the end of Black Rock Mountain in the area known to climbers as the Anti-Ghost. We’ve seen the damage done in this area by bikers high-pointing up scree slopes (see the pic) and driving all over soft sandy slopes near the river. We find it completely unacceptable that the government would even consider making this kind of activity legal in an area that verges on several critical wildlife zones.
Make your feelings known ASAP by emailing Michael Lickers of the Trails Committee of the Ghost Access Management Plan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Michael is with us on this issue and wants to get as many emails as possible to present at the next meeting. He particularly wants to hear from clubs and organizations, who have more clout than individuals.