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March 2014

FMCBC NEWS


The FMCBC's letter opposing Bill 4
The FMCBC submitted a letter to the Minister of Environment on March 4th opposing  Bill 4: Park Amendment Act which will allow industry to carry out “research” in BC parks related to industrial activities such as pipelines, transmission lines and roads.  Bill 4 also reduces legal protection for smaller parks.  Although many environmental organizations and individuals submitted letters opposing Bill 4, it passed on March 24th.  The transcripts of the debate can be read here (just search for park amendments to get to the right section).  We're all going to have to keep an eye on what impacts this has on our parks now that the bill has been passed.

FMCBC Member Club Grant 2014
The FMCBC will be supporting member club projects again this year through our Member Club Grant Program.  Grants usually range from $500 to $1500 and have helped to build bridges, upgrade trails and fix huts.  In 2013, the Vancouver Island Trails Information Society donated $2000 to support projects specifically on Vancouver Island.  Of these funds there is still $1500 remaining earmarked for an Island project so those clubs should be sure to apply this year.

Application forms will be available to download from our website on April 1st or members can contact us directly to receive a copy after April 1st.  All applications are due April 30th and grants will be awarded at the FMCBC AGM on June 7th in Castlegar.

And there's is still time to make a donation to support this year's projects.  All donations received by March 31, 2014 will go towards our grants for 2014.  Thank you to Tom Hall and Andrew Wong for their generous donations this year.

The Long Uptrack: Skiing Through Kootenay Conservation Issues
 
On Saturday, June 7th, the evening of the FMCBC's AGM in Castlegar, the Kootenay Mountaineering Club and the FMCBC will be hosting a presentation at the Old Castlegar Theatre by wilderness guide, wildlife biologist, outdoor educator, and award-winning author and photographer Dave Quinn.  Quinn will take the audience on an evening tour of some of the major conservation issues of the Kootenay Region, as seen from the uptracks, summits, ridges, and descents of some of the area’s classic, and some not-so-classic ski traverses. From Darkwoods to the Goat Range, the Central Purcells to the Moyie Range, and the Flathead to the Central Rockies. Watch for more updates in our April E-News or email us for more information.

IN THE NEWS

Canadian inventor's magnetic wool scarf solves problem of freezing face - Vancouver Sun, March 20, 2014

Expert urges people to check avalanche warnings after eight deaths in one week - The Province, March 18, 2014

Sea to Sky Gondola opens up hiking in Stawamus Chief area - Georgia Straight, March 5, 2014

B.C. Parks okays Spearhead huts in Garibaldi Provincial Park - Georgia Straight, March 3, 2014

MOUNTAIN MATTERS

The Outdoor Recreation Council of BC (ORC) will publish its 2014 Endangered Rivers List in April. Rivers included in the list will be those on which public recreation is considered by ORC's Endangered Rivers Committee to be the most endangered or threatened. Click here to nominate a river you enjoy recreating on and feel is endangered.  Deadline is March 30th.

An interesting report on Karst management on northern Vancouver Island was recently released and shared with us by Mike Nash of the Caledonia Ramblers. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

21 Mile Creek Survey - Remember to continue reporting on any snowmobile infractions you witness in the Rainbow Lake 21 Mile Creek non-motorized zone through our online survey

CLOUDBURST- We've extended the deadline for articles, stories, trip reports, photos and poems for our next issue of Cloudburst to April 15th.  We're also still looking for a stunning summer shot for the cover so don't be shy and email us your articles and photos within the next few weeks.

The Garibaldi Park Management Plan Amendment for the Spearhead Area has been approved and is now available for viewing. 

VIMFF Best of the Fest Tour - SAS and CASBC fundraider - The AMS Varisty Outdoor Club is happy to host the VIMFF Best of The Fest Tour on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at the Norm Theater on UBC Campus.  Advance tickets $12 available at the Varsity Outdoor Club (VOC) clubroom on UBC campus, The Outpost on UBC campus, The Hive (cash only) and Valhalla Pure Outfitters. Door tickets will be $15. Doors at 7pm, movie starts at 7:30pm. All proceeds will be donated to the Squamish Access Society and the Climbers' Access Society of BC.

The Natural Resources & Environmental Studies Institute with the support of the Peace Wildlife & Fish Compensation Program will be holding a special lecture on Friday, March 28th from 3:30-4:30 in room 8-166 at the UNBC Prince George campus.  Dr. Stephen McCormick will make a presentation titled, ‘Take It With You When You Go: How The Freshwater Environment Affects Seawater Performance Of Salmon.

The Strathcona Park Public Advisory Committee (SPPAC) wishes to find better ways to communicate with park users and the public and is asking people to complete a 15 minute survey to help them develop a communications plan.

Hike with Parks Canada and local guides in a place where the sun never sets.  Book a guided, catered or self-catered camping trip into Ivvavik National Park or a five-day, self-catered, guided trip into Tuktut Nogait National Park.  Visit Parks Canada Ivvavik or Tuktut Nogait for more info.

 


 

Click here to view the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of Cloudburst!

Visit the Canadian Avalanche Centre for current conditions and bulletins
 
Visit Bivouac via the FMCBC website to report Off Road Vehicle infractions
 
Visit Canada Helps to make a donation to the FMCBC - All donations go towards our Member Club Grant Program
 
The FMCBC is always looking for volunteers. Click here to find out how you can get involved.
 

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, mountaineering, 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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