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April 7, 2006
(Environment and Conservation)

MOU and new trail groomer provide major
improvements to skiing and winter activities at Butter Pot Provincial Park

Minister of Environment and Conservation Clyde Jackman today joined members of the Avalon Nordic Ski Club in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to highlight a new ski trail groomer, and the recently signed three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly develop Butter Pot Provincial Park as a winter recreation facility for cross-country skiing and related winter activities like snow shoeing and winter camping.

"The development of Butter Pot Provincial Park as a winter nordic park is a direct fit with our strategic plan for outdoor adventure and eco-tourism infrastructure, and is in keeping with the goal to extend the tourism operating season." said Minster Clyde Jackman. "A professional snow grooming machine will extend the ski season at Butter Pot Park by several weeks and increase the standard of the trails, providing skiers with a more positive experience. Furthermore, park activity in the winter months allows the general public an opportunity to experience the park environment year round."

"The federal government is pleased to support the Avalon Nordic Ski Club," said the Member of Parliament for Avalon, Fabian Manning, on behalf of Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and ACOA. "The ski club, as a not-for-profit organization, is to be commended for working with park staff in grooming and maintaining the more than 20 kilometres of ski trails in the Butter Pot Park area for cross-country skiers who come from all over the Avalon Peninsula."

The provincial government provided a grant of $4,000 through the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) provided $46,272 to assist in the purchase of a Bombardier BR-160 trail groomer. The Department of Environment and Conservation will also provide in-kind support for the operation of the machine by park staff. Further funding of approximately $25,000 was raised by members of the ski club to assist in purchasing the snow grooming machine.

Media contact: Diane Hart, Communications, (709) 729-2575, 685-4401

2006 04 07                              2:25 p.m.                     

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