The Alberta Equestrian Federation is currently partnered with the Backcountry Trails Flood Rehabilitation Program (BTFRP) on a project to restore horse drawn wagon access into the Panther Valley. The project is slated to start in May, 2015 and expected completion by Aug 31, 2016. The Panther and Dormer Valley’s are situated west of Sundre, Alberta in the Rocky Mountains.
The wagon trail system in the Panther valley has 20 km of trails. Much of the access through the first 8 km was destroyed in the 2013 flood. The AEF would like to repair the saddle horse trails to the Banff Park boundary and the trail to Dormer Lake while there is equipment available in the area. We would also like to realign the Dormer river wagon trail and reapair the Dogrib wagon trail. This has presented a funding challenge, so these repairs will be completed as funding allows.
In August of 2014, the AEF applied for, and received a $10,000 matching grant from the National Trails Coalition (NTC) for trail repairs in the Panther Valley. The AEF has provided the $10,000 required in matching funds from the AEF Trail Supporter Fund.
The Panther Valley provides important access routes into Banff National Park and has historically been a very popular place for wagon trips. Since August 2014, the AEF has recieved $11,420 in donations from individual and clubs to the Trail Supporter Fund, and over $30,000 in-kind donations have been received for this specific project.
If you would like to support this project, we ask that you please consider a donation to the AEF Trail Supporter Fund. If you would like an official income tax receipt for a donation this can be done by donating through Alberta, Sport, Parks, Recreation & Wildlife Foundation Donation Fund. Please note that the AEF is the only recognized ‘equestrian’ group that receives funds through this program so you can be sure your donation will go to the AEF!
Please contact [email protected] if you would like any further information.