|The Amarider Trails Management Program was developed primarily due to volunteer groups in Kwazulu Natal requiring insurance to continue developing trails on SAPPI forestry land.
The 2 main clubs involved, Howick MTB Club and Karkloof MTB Club, worked with Amarider to develop the system and today 7 more clubs and trail systems around the country are using the Amarider guidelines and affiliation to manage access agreements.
We were all fortunate to have SAPPI actively supporting the process, even funding the workshops and consulting work required to get the Access Agreemetn in place.
An independent consultant, Matthew Drew from Next Step Consulting was employed by SAPPI to see the process through.
Clubs wishing to structure an access agreement with SAPPI have to go through a standardized process, starting with Amarider affiliation. We expect other forestry companies to follow suit shortly.
No longer can we rely on 'handshake' agreements when dealing with corporate landowners.
THE PROCESS IN SHORT:
1) The Club or Trail completes and submits the the Amarider trail management documentation and pays the annual affiliation fee of R1710 (2014). This fee includes the insurance contribution.
2) Once satisfied Amarider will issue a Membership Confirmation/Letter of good standing.
3) The Club/Trail completes the Access Agreement of the land manager/owner. This is independent of Amarider and is a contract between the Club/Trail and the Land Owner/Manager - typically a MOU/MOA (Memorandum of Understanding/Agreement)
4) The Amarider Trails Management Program requires periodic Reports and these are required to maintain the Access Agreement
5) Compliance not only serves to appease the Land Owner, but also to maintain the Amarider Insurance Policy.
If your club/trail system needs assistance in setting up an access agreement let us know. Currently, the SAPPI Agreement is the only generic Access Agreement in place.
The basis of the Amarider Affiliation Agreement is compliance with a series of "best-practice' requirements.
The requirements for a successful application to Amarider is generic around South Africa, and not SAPPI specific.
Click here to read more about the Compliance Requirements.
Click here to read the article on the SAPPI process published in SA Forestry magazine
Delegates at the 2012 SAPPI Trail Workshop presented by Amarider