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To fund need infrastructure improvements in the Sea to Sky region, an annual vehicle pass is proposed. Read the proposal here: Carrying Capacity Plan—Sea to Sky Region Two classes of pass are proposed: Forest Pass and Sno-Park Pass. Initially, priority should be given to provision of parking and trail head sanitation for the forest pass. For Sno-Park, priority should be for winter plowing to parking. {jcomments on}

A meeting was held at the Whistler Library on July 26, 2018 between the backcountry community, government, and business to discuss a better approach to Singing Pass. The meeting can at best be described as a complete failure and reversal of progress that had been made and memorialized in the 2014 Garibaldi Park Management Plan Amendment. Page 8 of the document clearly states that BC Parks is to work with adjacent land managers to establish a new vehicle-accessible trailhead on the north side...

While the Heathens may have won their court case regarding the illegal camping fines levied against them at Crest Creek Crags, reaching an acceptible volunteer agreement with BC Parks still seems to be elusive.  Without an agreement, the Heathens will be unable to continue their exception volunteer trail work at Crest Creek Crags on Vancouver Island. The Heathens's attorney Tees Kiddle Spencer recently drafted and submitted a letter to George Heyman outlining the Heathens's position and...

Jumbo resort plan revived.

The following link is a story about the developer  Oberti resort design applying to have the previous court desision overturned in order to start this project again.From the Backcountry BC Facebook Group: It never ceases to amaze me how just when you thought a ski resort proposal is truly dead like Jumbo Glacier Resort, like some ungodly crypt keeper, the proponent always seem to find a way to bring their proposal/plan back to life from the grave.   From the CBC June...

BCMC withdraws from the FMCBC

Resignation Letter to FMCBC

June 11, 2018 Jesse Morwood Area Manager, Squamish/Whistler Area Office Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Suite 310 - 1500 Woolridge Street Coquitlam BC V3K0B8 By Email: [email protected] Dear Mr. Morwood, RE: Highway 99—Tunnel Point parking area problems I participated in the recreational review process of the Sea to Sky Highway Improvement Project that was begun in 2005 and ended in 2010. At the time of the review process, I met with project personnel in Squamish,...

Your reference: 315780 June 5, 2018 Honourable George Heyman Minister of Environment & Climate Change Strategy The Executive Council Victoria PO Box 9063 Victoria BC V8W9E2 Dear Minister Heyman: Re: Tetrahedron Provincial Park consultation process I received Mr. Jim Standen's reply with reference no. 315780 on May 2nd to my earlier letter regarding the public consultation process on proposed changes to Tetrahedron Provincial Park. I attended the May 2nd open house in Sechelt. I...

I spoke with a statistician friend of mine today about the Tetrahedron Provincial Park survey. The survey was prepared by BC Parks to gauge public support for three options to enable additional water extraction beyond what is currently allowed in the Class A provincial park. The options would re-designate the park as a conservancy or protected area with lesser protection. Thee designations would allow development of additional water infrastructure and perhaps ancillary infrastructure and...

   Just raising awarnes of land use in the southern Purcells.  Wildsight, which does good work in the area, is involved with the issue and rather than me writing, please visit https://wildsight.ca/blog/2018/04/24/retallack/ Thanks                            Justin

Reference:  315780 May 2, 2018 Paul Kubik Dear Mr. Kubik: Thank you for your email of April 29, 2018, regarding the proposed changes to Tetrahedron Provincial Park. Let me begin by acknowledging and thanking you for your strong commitment to Tetrahedron Park as well as the broader BC Parks system. You clearly care deeply about BC’s natural spaces. With respect to Tetrahedron Park, it may be helpful to summarise the history of this particular park and the associated management plan...

April 28, 2018 It's no longer far-fetched to think the Tet could be roaded and logged. The BC NDP government is proposing to declassify Tetrahedron Provincial Park to a "protected area" under the Environmental Land Use Act. As an ELUA protected area, the declassified lands would be managed for maximum beneficial land use. The designation would allow Sunshine Coast Regional District to proceed with its contentious plan to further drain Chapman and Edwards lakes. By fall 2019, a new 1-meter...

April 8, 2018 Water wars on the Sunshine Coast have begun. We normally think of coastal B.C. as having too much rain. Wry humour on the Sunshine Coast says that it is liquid sunshine. But climate statistics show that we have dry summers brought on by the east Pacific high pressure area which dominates in the summer months. Lack of convective rain and thunderstorms means that the west coast is much drier than the east coast of North America. Snowmelt is a major contributor to stream...

For Sunshine Coast Regional District, it is full steam ahead for deleting Chapman Lake from Tetrahedron Provincial Park. Their timeline for it to occur is the fall of 2018, about 6 months from now. I asked Jennie Aikman, South Coast Regional Director of BC Parks, for a map of the park amendment. She said she didn't have anything to share publicly until uncertainty in her office regarding the project is resolved. Considering that the issue has been on the radar for BC Parks since at least 2016...

Updated: April 4, 2018 The timeline below is showing troubling lack of oversight from some of our government agencies. 2010: Sechelt Official Community Plan states "Sechelt has far more residential land than is needed to meet future demands." Buildout is claimed to be 14,000 units and current build is less than 4,000 units. That leaves 10,000 units available under current zoning to be built. It continues to say that one of its growth strategy principles is to protect natural habitats,...

Click on the link to view the document: Chapman Lake water works: Tetrahedron Outdoor Club letter to BC Parks (2016-03-15)

Chapman Lake siphon pipes installed summer 2107. Photo date: September 30th, 2017. backcountryBC is still trying to find out if a park use permit and water license were issued prior to development. The photos appear to show the lake at the 3 meter drawdown level. SCRD is proposing to draw down the lake a further 5 meters. Or perhaps raise the dam and flood 5 meters of old growth higher.  

The Chapman watershed provides of 90% of the water supply within the Sunshine Coast regional district's water service area. The SCRD projects up to 2% population growth rate to 2036. The SCRD advocates for "intensive demand management", i.e. curtailing water use. Even with IDM, by 2036, the SCRD theorizes that it's goal of having adequate water storage capacity for a 1 in 25 year drought return scenario will not be met. It projects only having sufficient water capacity for 14 out of every 15...


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The ACC-Whistler provided the following update regarding the current understanding for backcountry access through Whistler Olympic Park. If you are entering WOP during open hours the access fee is per vehicle not per person. If one of the people in the vehicle has a WOP/Ski Callaghan season’s pass there isn’t an entry fee. The Alexander Falls parking is “really for” ski tourers returning through WOP after hours or for people going overnight. It was not designed for early access prior to WOP...

The planning process for Pinecone Burke Provincial Park is currently underway.  This planning process is to create the park's first Masterplan that will determine what is allowed and what is not allowed in the park for decades to come.  This is accomplished through zoning.During the development of any park masterplan, there are many different stakeholders.  Inevitably, there are a small vocal minority of stakeholders (special interest groups) in the past who have been very...

Letter to FLNRO Minister requesting section 58s on S2S non motorized zones

This information and report comes from BCMC Members - January 2018  (BCMC Member).. just got off the telephone (1-250-840-8853) with Anderson Contracting. Very friendly. They look after road clearing and salting from Km 58, Hwy 3, Manning Park. https://www.yellowpages.ca/bus/Canada/Manning-Park/TRANSPORTATION-MINISTRY-OF/5342086.html Rules / Policy regarding parking at Manning Park Works Yard  1.  We are permitted to park inside to the right anytime the gate is...

Outdoor Clubs

List of Outdoor Clubs in BC https://bcmc.ca - The BC Mountaineering Club http://accvancouver.ca - ACC Vancouver Chapter http://accwhistler.ca - ACC Whistler Chapter http://www.ubc-voc.com - UBC Varsity Outdoor Club http://northshorehikers.org - North Shore Hikers Vancouver Island http://islandmountainramblers.com - Island Mountain Ramblers http://accvi.ca - ACC Vancouver Island Chapter http://comoxhiking.com - Comox District Mountaineering Club

January 16, 2018 What are the problems at Mount Seymour Provincial Park? Public parking. The public is relegated to parking in winter in lower lot 5, which is about one kilometer from the hiking trailhead. They must walk up the busy road to reach the trailhead. There is no other route. Provincial park master plans are supposed to be revised every 5 years. The Mount Seymour master plan is 34 years old and out of date. Half the ski area is not within the CRA boundary. Some of the runs are...

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