FMCBC Submits Comments on ORV Management Framework
Jodi Appleton (FMCBC Program and Administration Manager)
The FMCBC Southwest BC Recreation and Conservation Committee submitted a letter this month to the BC Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to provide some comments and express some concerns regarding the partially implemented legislation governing the registration, licensing and operation of Off Road Vehicles in BC. Drafting the legislation began over 10 years ago and the committee is not impressed with the ORV Management Framework as it has been implemented thus far.
The main points which the committee wants to make recommendations on through this letter are:
The need for a system which ensures correct owner identification through a registration process which links the current ORV owner to his/her vehicle.
The need for specific instructions on where the plate or decal should be displayed on the ORV to ensure it is always clearly visible.
The need for a practical enforcement system to ensure that when problematic ORV use is reported, that there is a straightforward way for law enforcers to follow-up with the owner.
We encourage those concerned to send their own letters to Minister Thomson in support of these recommendations.
Waiting on the Garibaldi Park Management Plan Amendments Report
Brian Wood (SW BC Recreation and Conservation Committee)
A letter, initiated by Jayson Faulkner, and co-signed by many outdoor clubs including the FMCBC, was recently sent to the Government complaining about the long delay in releasing the Garibaldi Management Plan Amendments report. The letter also asks for an explanation why a copy of this report has been supplied to Whistler Blackcomb/Whistler Heli-Ski in advance of the other stakeholders which goes against the principles of fair public engagement and due process. You can also read more on this in Pique News Magazine's article below.
IN THE NEWS
Backcountry code in development - Pique News Magazine, November 28, 2013
Jumbo Wild Takes Top Spot in National Competition - BCTV Kootenays News, November 20, 2013
Local climber nominated for National alpine club board - Prince George Citizen, November 18, 2013
The end is near for the UBC Whistler Lodge - Whistler Question, November 11, 2013
WB gets peek at Garibaldi Park plan - Pique News Magazine, November 8, 2013
Avalanche rescue apps don't work, centre warns - Vancouver Sun, October 26, 2013
Although the Friends of Strathcona Park lost their judicial review of its challenge to BC Parks issuing a Park Use Permit to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, they received a great amount of public support throughout their fight. You can learn more in their Fall Newsletter and you can review the reasons for judgement here.
Find out what's going on with Jasper National Park by downloading their 2013 Annual Report. You can also learn about and send in your comments on the Maligne Tours Concept Proposal which is currently under public review.
Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) has recently released Regional Climate Summaries which describe climate change projections for each region in the context of historical climate and province-wide climate change.
This Saturday, November 30th, at the Whistler Museum: As part of their Whistler Museum's Speaker Series, a five member panel, including ACC members, Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, Pro-patrol, Whistler Search & Rescure, and snowmachiners will be presenting items to be included in the proposed Backcountry Responsibility Code. If you're in town, be sure to check it out. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Take a moment to send a message to the BC government asking them to restore funding to BC Parks. Learn more about the funding cuts to BC Parks on pages 8-9 of the October 2013 issue of BCGEU's The Provincial magazine in an article titled: BC Parks: A century to build, a decade of decline.
Now's a good time to get that avalanche training under your belt. Hope Mountain Centre is offering AST Level 1 next weekend (Dec 6 - 8). Click here for more info or visit the Canadian Avalanche Centre for more avalanche safety course dates and locations.
Support a Club Project Next Year - All donations to the FMCBC are tax deductible and go towards supporting club projects across the province through our FMCBC Member Club Grant Program. You can make a donation to the FMCBC by visiting our donations page.
The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
is looking for organizations that would like to host the Best of the Fest Tour in their home town. VIMFF runs the main Festival in February, and the films go on tour across Canada from March onwards. If your club is interested in hosting a show in your community, contact Marc Hewitt
for more info.
Learn more about one of the FMCBC's newest member clubs, the South Okanagan Trail Alliance
through their online newsletter
to view the Spring/Summer 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.