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JULY 2013

FMCBC NEWS

 
FMCBC is working with CPAWS to find volunteer leaders for activities in BC Parks
Jodi Appleton, FMCBC Program and Administration Coordinator
The BC Chapter of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS-BC) has approached the FMCBC to see if we can connect them with our members who might be interested in being Outdoor Activity Coordinator Volunteers around the province this summer and fall.  Their project's objective is to encourage and facilitate BC residents to spend more time in our parks and promote active living by encouraging park activities.  Some of the activities for which they need leaders include hiking, kayaking or canoeing, bird watching, and nature photography.  These activities would be targeted towards beginners and take place within BC Parks.  If you are interested in getting involved contact us for more information.

BC Parks Liability Insurance Policy for Volunteers
Alex Wallace, Southwest BC Trails Committee
FMCBC committees are still carefully examining the new BC Parks Stewardship Partners Insurance Program which covers volunteers working on trails in BC Parks.  Some concerns have been expressed about the amount of paperwork required and the liability that volunteers are expected to assume. This is also being studied by groups like Friends of Cypress Provincial Park, who have written to government to ask for further a review of this policy. 

Howe Sound Crest Trail Update
Alex Wallace,  Southwest BC Trails Committee
BC Parks has managed to find some interim funding for the Howe Sound Crest Trail project that has been progressing in partnership with the FMCBC over the past several years.  More BC Parks project funding has been promised for 2014.  Work is underway with one machine, and the details of the section to be upgraded this year and in 2014 has been worked out after several site visits and discussions on how to best deal with erosion and heavy use. It appears that the majority of BC Parks trail work funding on the North Shore this year is going to be used for resurfacing the Old Buck Trail on Mount Seymour, a lower elevation “shared-use” trail.

IN THE NEWS

New backcountry hut proposed for B.C.'s Yoho National Park - Vancouver Sun, July 24, 2013
Alaska Looks for Answers in Glacier's Summer Flood Surges - The New York Times, July 22, 2013
Lake renamed for North Shore soldier killed in Korea - Vancouver Sun, July 15, 2013

MOUNTAIN MATTERS

Esther, Martin Kafer, Oldest Couple Conquer Mount Kilimanjaro - Huffington Post, July 28, 2013

Road trip on Crowsnest Highway offers diversions - Georgia Straight, July 17, 2013

BC Parks 2013 Kids Art Contest is on now until September 12th.  Something fun for the kids to participate in while making their travels around BC this summer.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Universal Boardwalk at the Ancient Forest will be opening in August
The official opening of the Universal Boardwalk at the Ancient Forest will be at noon on August 4th, 2013. A free lunch will be provided courtesy of the Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Club. For further information contact: Nowell Senior – 250-562-7485 or e-mail at: caledoniaramblers@yahoo.ca.  Congratulations to the Caledonia Ramblers on completing this amazing project!

Friends of Garibaldi Park Society are planning some work parties for this September:
From the FOGP:  If you have some spare time and want to volunteer in the most beautiful park in the world, here is your chance! Space and scheduling permitted we will be accommodated at the Black Tusk Ranger Station on the shore of beautiful Garibaldi Lake. Volunteers will need their own sleeping bags and food for the three day session.  Duties to include but not necessarily be limited to ditching, building boardwalk, clearing culverts, resurfacing, bridge repair and maintenance etc etc etc.  Park Rangers will provide supervision.  Email FOGP directly for more info, or email us to put you in contact with the group. Confirmed dates for trail work are: 

September 10, 11, 12
September 21, 22, 23
September 24, 25, 26

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park trail improvements are underway so be sure to follow the public safety warning signs and directions from ranger.

If you're interested in what's happening on the North Shore, there's lots of great updates in the Friends of Cypress Provincial Park's July Newsletter .  FCPP has also recently created a Cypress Provincial Park hiking map and brochure, covering Horseshoe Bay to the Capilano River. Funding for this project was provided equally by BC Parks, FCPP and Cypress Mountain. These free maps will soon be available at the Cypress ski area lodge and BC Parks kiosks in the park.

Trail Markers
If your club is planning to do some trail work and is looking for trail markers let us know.  We are planning to make another bulk purchase and will be further subsidizing the cost for member clubs.  Email us for more info and to be included in the order.
 


Click here 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
 
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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