April 30, 2018 – Nanaimo: The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN), TimberWest and the Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club (NMBC) hosted a community Open House and Earth Day Clean-Up event at Doumont Trails on Sunday, April 29th. More than 80 volunteers helped to clear the land of 5360 KG (5.6 tonnes) of illegally dumped garbage, household supplies, building material, and garden waste. The waived-tipping fees came to $669.75.

“The Doumont trail area is a well-known illegal dumping site, and as part of our access agreement with TimberWest and the Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club we see value in working together on a public awareness campaign about the importance of keeping the land clean and green,” says RDN Chair Bill Veenhof. “In fact, we often partner with local groups to waive their tipping fees if they are doing a community clean up. Reach out to us and let us know if you are planning on hosting a clean-up and we can see how we can help.”

The RDN and NMBC have an Access Agreement in place with TimberWest for the Doumont Trails area, allowing for the RDN Biosolids program, and safe, legal recreational access for NMBC members.

“Doumont is a high-value destination for mountain bikers and hikers. The area is home to over 40 mountain bike trails that we’ve adopted through an access agreement with TimberWest, and there are hundreds of users each week accessing that network,” says, Dana Wacker of NMBC. “We’re just around the corner from what’s likely to be a record-setting year for mountain bike tourism in the region, and this clean -up will help us ensure Nanaimo is in great shape to welcome guests from near and afar. It’s imperative to keep these trails safe, clean, and usable, now and into the future.

“The clean-up event saw young and old come together for a good cause, and learn about how to dispose of items responsibly – like invasive plant species,” says, Monica Bailey, Director of Communications at TimberWest. “Several invasive species were found dumped in garden refuse. This has a direct ecological impact, and can alter our forests forever. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported this event, and congratulations to all the prize winners.”

In total more than $1,000 in prizes were raffled. Several members of the community received gifts like recreational passes, free camping, and mountain bike equipment. Thank you to SYLVIS, Arrowsmith Bikes, Coal City Cycle, and Starbucks for sponsoring and supporting the event.

For more information contact:

Regional District of Nanaimo | Lisa Moilanen, Communications Coordinator | lmoilanen@rdn.bc.ca | 250.390.6554
Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club | Dana Wacker | Dana Wacker dana.wacker@gmail.com
TimberWest | Monica Bailey, Director of Communications | Monica.Bailey@timberwest.com | 250.716.3744

More than 80 volunteers helped to clean-up more than 5 tonnes of illegally dumped garbage around Doumont Trails.  SYLVIS donated the bin and loader for the clean-up event. Image Source: SYLVIS

Doug Wortely was recognized by TimberWest, the Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club and the Regional District of Nanaimo for his exemplary community leadership in keeping the Doumont forest green and clean for several years. Image Source: Regional District of Nanaimo

More than 80 volunteers helped to clean-up more than 5 tonnes of illegally dumped garbage around Doumont Trails.  Image Source: Regional District of Nanaimo

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