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Supporting Recreation through Partnership

The ATV Association of Nova Scotia (ATVANS) has formalized a trail use agreement with J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) which includes 170 kilometres of trails on JDI trails and roads. This agreement allows ATVANS members to access and maintain existing trails on JDI lands and fosters more opportunities for locals to get outside and discover the gift of nature. Robert Fawcett, Director of Corporate Relations, Irving Woodlands, states, “We are proud to partner with ATVANS. It's important to preserve outdoor spaces while protecting waterways and conserving species on our lands. This is a historic agreement to be proud of and we hope everyone enjoys these trails for a long time.”  

ATVANS boasts an extensive trail system and has fostered excellent landowner relationships for 25 years. They pride themselves on their reputation and have proven their support for forest industries and the benefits of the responsible use of forest land across Nova Scotia. "We appreciate the cooperation from Irving Woodlands. Together, we can protect the forests, support wood harvesting and ride responsibly," said Barry Barnet, Executive Director of ATVANS. We look forward to continued partnership with ATVANS and encourage everyone to gather their friends and family and experience these trails firsthand.

Steven McLelan, Senior Buyer, Wood Procurement and Sales, Irving Woodlands, is no stranger to outdoor activities in Nova Scotia. In his 30 years of experience, he says, "I have worked with both OHV (off-highway vehicle) clubs and provincial organizations. I am very pleased with the formal trails use agreement. It will help ensure long-term use of trails, which in turn helps give ATVANS security with mapping and infrastructure projects. Irving Woodlands employees, just like ATVANS members, have a passion for the outdoors and working together, we can share green healthy forests and clean, clear waterways."

ATVANS operates with a commitment to conservation and preservation and provides professional support to their member clubs through their full-time trails coordinator and third-party support with GIS. This dedication includes regular clean ups and maintaining high trail standards, including bridges, signage, vegetation management, trail surface conditions and garbage collection. ATVANS President Kevin Lombard states: “We value our partnerships with companies like Irving Woodlands. This agreement helps us grow our sport in a responsible, safe and respectful way.”