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Stiff penalties if you’re caught building Illegal Trails

Building trails illegally could cost you a hefty fine and possibly jail time.

The Province is reminding everyone it’s against the law to make recreational facilities or cut down trees without permission.

Creating any unauthorized trail construction could result in:

* soil erosion or compaction
* negative effects on water quality or water flow
* slope stability concerns
* negative impacts for other resource users
* safety and liability concerns, due to improperly built or maintained trails and structures
* the spread of invasive plants
* disruption of wildlife habitat or sensitive plant ecosystems

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Getting caught could mean paying fines as high as $10,000 and/or spending six months in jail.

If you’d like to do some building or trail maintenance, you must first prepare a written proposal and get provincial approval. You can get more information here.

If you see or know of any illegal trail construction, you’re encouraged to call 1-877-952-7277 toll-free (#7277 on a cell phone) or fill out an online form.

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