Whistler’s Ancient Cedars trail to get upgrade 

$50,000 to go toward improving road access, parking lot expansion and more

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The Cheakamus Community Forest organization is to lead a project this summer to upgrade the popular Ancient Cedars trail and recreation site near Whistler.

The Whistler Blackcomb Enviro Fund (an employee contribution fund) is providing $15,000 to a group of local volunteers working under the supervision and coordination of the Cheakamus Community Forest (CCF).

The remaining funds, to a total of $50,000, are being provided by the Rotary Club of Whistler, The Adventure Group, Cheakamus Community Forest, BC Recreation Sites and Trails, and the Resort Municipality of Whistler according to a press release from the CCF.

Each of the groups is taking on part of the project: The province (BC Recreation Sites and Trails) is providing building materials, road upgrading and repair; The Whistler Blackcomb Habitat Improvement Team (HIT) is designing the informational and directional signs in collaboration with First Nation; Manufacture of benches, signs and their installation will include volunteer work from the Rotary Club of Whistler - which is also the project's financial coordinator. The CCF will give overall supervision and project advice.

The Ancient Cedars site has received virtually no upgrades in the past several years.

The CCF is one of more than 50 community-managed forests in British Columbia.

Situated on more than 33,000 hectares surrounding Whistler, BC, the Cheakamus Community Forest was established in April 2009, when the Lil'wat and Squamish First Nations and the Resort Municipality of Whistler jointly signed a 25-year tenure with the provincial Ministry of Forests and Range. Together, these three equal partners oversee the management and operation of the forest under the auspices of the Cheakamus Community Forest Society, an independent not-for-profit organization.

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