Jackrabbit Interpretive Trail
Download the brochure below for trail information (Adobe Reader (pdf) format)
Please sign in at the sign kiosk so we can track how much use the trail is getting, and feel free to leave comments and suggestions.
NOTICE MARCH 24, 2020 – In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, we recommend that you do not use the sign-in box or any other potentially frequently touched surfaces at any of the three NACFOR recreation trails, until further notice.
FAQ’S. WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE JACKRABBIT INTERPRETIVE TRAIL PROJECT
1. WHAT IS IT?
The project focused on the expansion and enhancement of existing recreational opportunities in the Wensley Creek area. Signage and brochures were designed to create an interpretive forest trail within an area that is already well used by hikers, bikers, horseback riders, cross country skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts.
2. WHY THE WENSLEY CREEK AREA?
There are lots of good reasons to choose this area. It’s already a designated recreation area by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture. It’s already a popular multi-use area. It’s within Nakusp and Area Community Forest’s operating area. And its proximity to town makes it accessible to many users.
3. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE PROJECT?
ENVIRONMENTAL. An interpretive trail network supports creative, yet practical and efficient public education. Improved outdoor recreation opportunities also promote increased environmental awareness.
ECONOMIC. An expanded trail network increases tourism opportunities and the project provided short-term job opportunities with the potential for follow-up projects.
SOCIAL. The trail construction project provided an opportunity to improve worker skills and to facilitate community pride and cooperation.
4. WHO WERE THE FUNDERS AND PARTNERS?
Nakusp and Area Community Forest (NACFOR) and Arrow Slocan Lakes Community Services (ASLCS) partnered to obtain project funding.
ASLCS’ Outreach program – trail building labour administration, including securing funding from Canada Employment Program
Columbia Basin Trust – funding from Community Initiatives Program and Environmental Initiatives Program.
Nakusp Trails Society – project support, signage installation and trail maintenance
Ken Barisoff and Wulf Mense – building a kiosk for trailhead
Arrow Lakes Cross Country Ski Club – support and collaboration for project
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations – kiosk materials
NACFOR administered project planning and operations as well as developed the signage and brochure.
5. WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THE PROJECT?
The trail has been constructed and is in use. The kiosk and interpretive signage are all in place, and the brochure has been completed.
TRAIL PHOTOS – click to enlarge