Mamquam access to Seed, Gillespie and Boise trails
An update on the access road to Seed and Gillespie in Pinecone Burke provincial park. I was talking to Sqomish Logging about the road deactivation plan. There is further logging planned for this fall and next year. I think their activity is on E-110 and E-23-1 (see map). The roads will not be deactivated before then. I asked for access to be preserved, speaking on behalf of a mountaineering club. The company recognizes the importance of the road for recreation. Their company reactivated the road after an absence of 15 years and they note a huge increase in recreation use as a result. They even made a parking area. Under their obligations, the road must be deactivated when they finish logging. But, Jeff did say that different levels of deactivation can achieve their purpose. So, 4WD HC access will likely be the outcome. He even said that last year, the former area manager for BC Parks supported maintaining access.
BC Timber Sales is also active in the area this year and perhaps next. I believe their activity is on E-100. BTS aggressively deactivates its roads, in general. E-100 is an access road to the Boise Trail, which has fallen into disuse. It is about 3.5 km in length. Aggressive deactivation implies tank traps, rendering the road impassable to vehicles. Is this a desired outcome? If not, how would access be maintained? Is road access desirable to reach the Boise Trail?
There is a park master plan for Pinecone Burke PP that is under development. These questions presuppose a willingness on the part of BC Parks to recognize the Boise Trail and proposed Coquitlam-Squamish hiking trail in the plan.