Recreation Industry and BC Parks

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  1. ken_vandeburgt

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    Here is an article about a conflict with the recreation industry and the public recreation resource in Juan de Fuca Park:
    http://www.timescolonist.com/travel/Dev ... story.html

    There is a similar problem with the recreation industry in Strathcona Park. There is currently a Park Use Permit application by a recreation industry outfit trying to build exclusive use infrastructure in Strathcona Park. This will open the door to building exclusive use infrastructure such as campsites and cabins in all of our parks.
    http://www.cwrapplication.com/

    The park act was changed to accommodate private infrastructure in 2007.
    http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws ... 0_96344_01

    The BC government isn’t managing our Parks according to the principles of public trust doctrine for the public benefit. It doesn't matter the party; NDP, Liberal, or whatnot, our government has a poor record of managing Parks for the public benefit.

    If you care about your Provincial Parks the time to get involved is now. Write your MLA. Get involved with groups that support public recreation.

    If we can't get this arrogant govenment of the day to listen then, as is suggested in the article about Juan de Fuca Park, perhaps we should turn all of BC Parks into National Parks for management at the national level.
     
  2. ken_vandeburgt

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    Word of mouth is the park use permit allowing exclusive use infrastructure in Strathcona Park is being granted in principle. All that is left is for the engineering details to be worked out.

    Infrastructure includes tent pads in the Bedwell Valley. The tent pads will be available for use by the public except when the resort (CWR) wants them. If you are camping there when the pads are booked you will be required to move.

    Bedwell Valley is part of Clayoquot Sound.
     
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  4. ken_vandeburgt

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    http://ekoscommunications.com/node/754

    Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (CWR) submitted an application for a Park Use Permit in Strathcona Park. The permit is to operate horse tours in the Bedwell Valley, which is part of Clayoquot Sound. The old Bedwell mining road, which is severely eroded due to its proximity to the Bedwell River, will be repaired and bridges replaced to a level that will facilitate horse use. The permit includes a provision for campsite infrastructure such as tent pads, outhouse, and a horse railing. The campsite will be available for public use when the resort is not using it. A schedule will be posted and people will be expected to move when the resort is there.

    The key issue is that the permit will allow for the construction of privately owned infrastructure for exclusive use by a recreation industry resort. The low level accomodation (tent pads) in this permit is being seen as the thin edge of the wedge for allowing more complex recreation industry infrastructure such as cabins in all of our Provincial Parks.

    The Strathcona Park Master Plan has been amended to accomodate horse use in the Bedwell Valley.

    The BC Park Act was amended in 2007 to permit privately owned recreation industry infrastructure in our parks.

    The CWR Park Use Permit application has received approval in principle by BC Parks. All that remains are to work out the engineering details.

    BC Parks is now trying to garner support for a group campsite on forbidden plateau that includes a roofed shelter. This is being seen as setting a precedent to allow such infrastructure in the Bedwell.

    Our government is failing to manage our Park according to the principle of public trust doctrine. In the past 100 years there have been concessions made to the logging industry, the mining industry, the hydro electric industry, and more recently the recreation industry. Strathcona Park is an important recreation resource for all of Vancouver Island communities. If the mismanagement by our government is allowed to continue the Park will no longer be there 100 years from now. It is long past due for our government to start managing our Park exclusively for the public benefit.

    The least you can do is start writing to people, such as your MLA, who may be able to effect substantive change to the way our Park is being managed.

    If you want to participate further in protecting Strathcona Park please contact Friends of Strathcona Park.

    Website: http://friendsofstrathcona.org/
    Facebook: Friends of Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island
     
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    Thanks for posting about these issues.

    On Kauai, in the Kalalau valley, the park wardens are essentially at war with people who wish to occupy the park land illegally. Damage is done to the park on both sides; e.g., some Illegal residents propagate invasive species and leave waste, while trees bearing edible fruit are cut down by the park staff to discourage residents. Since the valley is relatively inaccessible, helicopters are employed at great expense.

    This kind of situation is more or less relevant to any large wilderness area, depending on ease of living conditions. Rather than persist in interminable and expensive conflict, permanent and responsible residents might be selected and engaged by the managing authority to act as caretakers and liaisons.

    Back in BC, I spoke with the provincial park ranger on one of the gulf islands. I don't recall the exact boundaries but his mandate covered an enormous span of coast essentially from the southern gulf islands to somewhere north of Campbell River. He was also outfitted with Arc'teryx clothing (which he admitted was a waste of public funds). Obviously, it's ridiculous to have one person trying manage so much geography; seems better for all to simply work with the natural locals.
     
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    This must have been quite some time ago as the Gulf Islands have been managed by the federal government for the past several years -- I believe that there are currently some 30 employees looking after the Gulf Islands park.

    I really don't see a problem with the government issuing good quality clothing to their employees who are working in the outdoors.
     
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    Nor do I but the man in question said he thought it was wasteful and he actually preferred his other (non-Arc'teryx) gear.
     
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