NTS was founded in 2015 by Victoria locals, Daniel Cammiade and Rob Fawcett, to optimize local recreation opportunities and support the sustainability of natural surface (dirt and rock) multi-use trails.
They noticed that many trails exist in isolation and are managed by various different groups. NTS is an impartial third party that can advocate for nature trail connectivity across municipal borders.
There are many unauthorized (rogue) trails that are “worn in” over time through continued use. Consequently, these trails are typically made without considerations of environmental sustainability and tend to induce erosion. NTS build on this demand for trails by finding opportunities to legitimize such frequented trails by working with landowners and assessing how to remediate the area to advance environmental protection.
The Nature Trails Society has experience working with landowners, municipalities, Parks & Recreation departments, the CRD, and industry partners to secure access and authorization. Past work has been focused on creating effective trail systems to accommodate all users: hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, dog walkers, horseback riders, commuting cyclists, and families.