Lots of good stuff in this month's FMCBC E-News: new associate memberships, a call for volunteers for the Communications and Outreach Committee, updates on a couple of advocacy issues we've been working on, and some good news about a potential park in Central B.C.
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New associate memberships

At our Annual General Meeting in May, directors voted to extend FMCBC membership to other non-profit organizations with shared interests who would like to support the FMCBC’s mission and goals. To qualify for associate membership, the organization should be a registered non-profit society and/or registered federal charity, have mission and/or vision statements that closely align with FMCBC's and be willing to share information about the FMCBC via their communications channels and social media.

The addition of the associate membership category means that there are more ways than ever to both show your support for and benefit from being part of the FMCBC. Need a refresher on why you should join? Click here. And if you know of an organization you think would be interested in associate membership, please encourage them to get in touch.

Communications and Outreach Committee 

As you’re likely aware, much of the FMCBC’s work is done by volunteers who donate their time, insight and expertise to our many committees. One committee that we’re currently looking to revitalize and add some faces to is our Communications and Outreach committee, which works to promote the FMCBC’s work and increase engagement with both our member clubs and the public. 

You don’t need to be a marketing expert or have any specialized knowledge to join and contribute to this committee, just a belief in the work of the FMCBC and a desire to share it with others. 

The date for the next Communications and Outreach Committee meeting has been set for Monday, September 28th at 7:30 p.m., so if you’d like to be part of the teleconference, or if you just have some thoughts on the FMCBC’s outreach efforts, please email Alanna at

Send in your comments on BC Parks' Draft Ski Resort Policy

The FMCBC is concerned that BC Parks’ Draft Ski Resort Policy does not adequately protect wilderness values and public access to parks that have commercial ski resorts operating within them. Non-commercial, low-impact, self-propelled recreation within Class A Parks should remain BC Parks’ number one priority, not commercial use and development, as is the focus of the draft policy in its current form. 

Please read our full list of recommendations and add your support by sending a letter to BC Parks through our online form calling for further review of the draft policy. 

Concerns persist surrounding Garibaldi at Squamish proposal

For 15 years, the FMCBC has expressed concern over the Garibaldi at Squamish (GAS) ski resort project, maintaining that if built, Squamish could lose the very reasons people are attracted to the area. Since being directed by the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) last year to revise its plans, Garibaldi at Squamish Inc. has submitted a supplemental application, which removes two golf courses, but still does not go far enough to address the potential negative impacts to non-motorized recreation in the area.

The FMCBC has submitted two letters to the EAO — one reiterating our concerns with the supplemental application and another addressing the misrepresentation of the proponent's consultation with us in said application. Though the deadline for public comment on the supplemental application has now passed, we encourage members to send letters to the EAO outlining their concerns (see our letters for contact details).

Ancient Forest one step closer to becoming a park

We received some good news from the 
Calendonia Ramblers Hiking Society in Prince George last week: the Ancient Forest is one step closer to being designated as a park  after representatives from the province, Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and the Caledonia Ramblers signed an agreement formalizing their intent to work together towards achieving designated park status.

For the past several years, the FMCBC’s Member Club Grant has supported the development of a 1,600-foot universal boardwalk through the Ancient Forest. The plank pathway has received rave reviews since opening in 2013, and this summer volunteer crews are working hard to widen the boardwalk to allow more visitors to pass freely and safely while walking and enjoying the forest.

Later this summer, the public will be invited to provide feedback on park particulars, including size, boundaries and the kinds of activities that will be allowed to take place. It’s wonderful to see the support and enthusiasm that exists for this incredible project and potential designated park! 

In the News

Separating fact from fiction in the Okanagan - The Vancouver Sun, June 30, 2015

Changes to BC park boundaries should go through independent review, CPAWS report says - The Georgia Straight, July 13, 2015

Proposal to allow logging trucks to cut through Sasquatch park a 'stupid idea' - The Province, July 13, 2015

Great Divide Trail Association says official status a helpful tool in maintaining path - CBC News, July 21, 2015

Mountain Matters

The Globe and Mail published an insightful piece earlier this month on the relentless blazes burning in our province right now and the firefighting crews tasked with taming them. “For our job, a lot of times, we don’t know whether it’s a 100-metre sprint or a marathon. This summer, I’m starting to think I’m planning for a marathon.” So thankful to the men and women who put themselves on the line daily to protect our forests for the benefit of all British Columbians.

South Koreans are serious about their hiking: 1 in 3 heads for the hills multiple times a month, clutching hiking poles, dressed head-to-toe in technical gear and more often than not carting along a celebratory flask of rice wine for the top. Far from home, Korean Americans (and Canadians) are keeping their homeland's tradition of hard-core hiking alive — and it’s not just the younger generation. “You see grandparents, pushing their walkers up, walking with their canes.” According to this NPR article, it’s as much about socializing as it is about nature and exercise: "Every 20 minutes along the hike, the group stops to snack and drink booze.” An interesting approach!

The Vaux family has been taking pictures of the glaciers in the Canadian Rockies and Rogers Pass area for more than a century. As early as 1887, George Vaux and his family began taking photos that taken together would scientifically document the recession of Western Canada’s glaciers. When Henry Vaux Jr. resumed the family project in 1997, he was shocked by what he saw — “Many of these glaciers are back as much as two kilometres and that’s clearly due to warming.” What will remain of these magnificent glaciers in another hundred years? If the rate of recession remains constant, not a lot.



The Wilderness Tourism Association gave a presentation on Nature-Based Tourism in British Columbia at the Outdoor Recreation Council's Annual General Meeting in Yarrow last month. Learn about the opportunities and challenges facing the industry by clicking here.

The Friends of Strathcona Park are hosting a 5-day hike through the Bedwell Valley from August 1st to 5th. The hike is open to the public and will follow a wild route discovered by the group several years ago. Two groups will begin from opposite ends of the trail (one starting from Tofino, the other from Bedwell Lake). Click here for details.

The ACC-Vancouver Section is offering post-work climbing sessions in Squamish Thursday nights this summer. Car-pooling available and encouraged. Click here for details.

Show your support for the protection of Canada’s wild spaces this September with CPAWS and MEC’s #BigWildChallenge. 5-21k organized trail runs are happening in Vancouver, Victoria, and across the country, or you can design your own challenge. All donations go to CPAWS, a great organization that works to protect our country’s pristine lakes, forests and coastline.

Special thanks to Carol Hunter, whose photo of Paradise Meadows near Mount Washington is featured in the header of this month's newsletter.


Click here to view the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Cloudburst!

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The FMCBC is always looking for volunteers. Click here to find out how you can get involved.

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As always, the FMCBC would like to thank Mountain Equipment Co-op for supporting the FMCBC through their generous contribution of office space from which to base our administration.
The mission of the FMCBC is to advocate for safe self-propelled activities (such as hiking, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, trail running and other backcountry activities) and the protection of BC's backcountry for current and future generations to experience.
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