Accomplishments

Affecting all areas of British Columbia

Recreation and Conservation

  • Actively participate in the legislative process with various government agencies, something that individual clubs are unable to do.
  • Sit as representative on the Public Focus Group – Committee is guiding future direction of B.C. Parks (1995 – present).
  • Monitored and commented on passage of the Occupiers Liability Act as recommended by the Law Reform Society, to relieve land owners of some liability concerns.
  • Currently trying to gain information from various private corporations regarding access to their land.
  • Participating on skier/snowmobiler conflict resolution process.
  • Actively participated in “Help MELP”  Campaign in the early 1990’s to increase funding for BC Parks
  • Monitoring Resource Roads Act
  • Participating in Off-road  Vehicle registration/licensing legislation

Trails

  • Sponsor of the National Hiking Trail from Victoria to Crescent Spur, BC (1997 to present).
  • Ongoing monitoring of trails for impact of users (i.e. Forestry interactions).
  • Actively participated in Provincial Trails Strategy which was released in Spring 2013

Miscellaneous

  • Encouraging and supporting the formation of new recreation groups, such as Hike BC, Wilderness Education Project (WEP by John Clarke and Lisa Baile 1990,s) Friends of Garibaldi Park etc
  • Organized several successful Hike B.C. Days (1993 – 1995).

  • In collaboration with the Simon Fraser University, initiated an extensive and scientifically- rigorous on-line(web-based) survey of the effects of non-motorized  outdoor recreation in BC (2012-present)

Vancouver Island

Recreation and Conservation

  • Working on access to private lands.
  • Currently developing bus to trails brochure for Victoria area.
  • Participated in the Vancouver Island Commission on Resources and the Environment (C.O.R.E.) Process resulting in many new parks.
  • Worked on the Fleming Beach bluffs climbing access issue – resolved in 1996.
  • Worked on Strathcona Park Master Plan (1990 – 1993).
  • Worked on Gowlland-Tod Park Master Plan (1995).
  • Worked on Nahmint Recreational Area Planning process (1989 – 1995).
  • Former Director of  FMCBC sat on Strathcona Park Advisory Committee in 1988, and on Strathcona Park Steering Committee 1989 – 1993: Strathcona Park Master Plan produced.
  • Actively involved in Strathcona Park Millenium project, Mt. Arrowsmith Regional Park, and Nootka Island mapping.

Education

  • Avalanche Safety Courses at Mount Washington.
  • Snow and Ice School at Comox Glacier.

Trails

  • Constructed Bedwell Lake Trail (Strathcona Park).
  • Rebuilt lower section of Comox Glacier.

Miscellaneous

  • Lead Golden Hind Backpacking trip several times (B. Jones).

South Coast of Mainland (Metro Vancouver)

Recreation and Conservation

  • Participated as advisors to the William’s commission report on Cypress Provincial Park (1995) including assisting in construction of  Yew Lake wheelchair accessible trail.. Participating on the Cypress Provincial Park committee.  Continuing to lobby for better protection of this Class A, Category 6 Provincial Park.
  • Participated in park planning process for Dionisio Park, Galiano Island, Gulf Islands.
  • Participated on the Pinecone/Burke Mountain protected area study.  Subsequently declared a park (1993 – 1995).
  • Resolved issues regarding skier-snowmobiler conflicts in the Coquihalla area (1995).
  • Involved as an observer in the Lower Mainland Regional Protected Area  Strtategy Public Advisory Committee (1995 – 1996) which resulted in formation od several new provincial parks.
  • Sponsored Randy Stoltmann’s report on the “Proposed Protected Areas in the Coast Mountains” (1993), which later became well known as “Stoltmann Wilderness Area”.
  • Resolved access issue with Slim’s Exploration and Mining Ltd over access to Mount Jimmy Jimmy.
  • Resisting Brohm Ridge ski resort development in the 1970’s , which  restarted in the
  • 1990’s as Garibaldi at Squamish Resort and we are still resisting it.
  • Participating in  discussions relating to Sea-to-Sky Gondola proposal near Squamish (2010)
  • Participating in large multi-stakeholder Park Legacy Project 1990’s
  • Participating in BC Forest Recreation sites and trails maintenance and fee collecting
  • Proposal (1990’s)
  • Participating in Commercial Recreation Tenure Application Procedures.
  • Participating in numerous proposals for “Run of River” Independent Power Generation (IPP) project.
  • Obtained extensive funding from Fed Gov Economic Stimulus Infrastucture program and 2010 Olympic Legacy funding to upgrade Howe Sound Crest Trail
  • Restricted commercial motorized recreation zoning applications in Mt. Waddington area to retain some non-motorized recreation areas
  • Participated in Tantalus Park Management Plan (20??)
  • Kakwa Park planning process (north Central BC??)
  • Mt. Cheam access road reconstruction:
  • Keeping ATVs out of Brandywine Meadows (ongoing)
  • Monitoring snowmobile incursion in Three Brothers (Manning Park)
  • Interaction with bicycle groups: Whistler, North Shore mountain
  • Past and Present participation in the Lillooet/Pemberton Regional Districts/Duffey Lake Corridor planning processes by members of the Recreation and Conservation Committee.
  • Consulting with proponent of the Cayoosh/Melvin Creek Resort Proposal which was finally abandoned.
  • Participated in the planning process (1990’s) and later amendment process (2012) of the B.C. Parks Garibaldi Park Master Plan.
  • Actively participated in the Forest Service/Lions Bay watershed access and parking issues.
  • Chaired many meetings of the Sea-to-Sky Winter Backcountry Recreation Committee to help resolve conflict between motorized and non-motorized, commercial and public  backcountry recreationists, which was later adopted into Sea-to-Sky LRMP.  Even after adoption , this has been followed by many disputes relating to commercial and public motorized recreation in these areas.
  • Disputes in Callaghan Provincial Park with commercial tenure holder and Olympic Legacy Tenure
  • Participated in the planning process ( YES when?) and the later amendment process (2013) of the B.C. Parks Golden Ears  Park Master Plan.

Education and Safety

  • Designed interpretation boards in Seymour Demonstration Forest.
  • Acted as advisor to Vancouver Sun on safety issues.

Trails

(Many of these projects were contracts to plan/supervise work funded by government and assisted by volunteers from FMCBC Member Clubs)

  • Rebuilding of the Grouse Grind
  • Built trails around Smoke Bluffs.
  • Rebuilt lower portion of the Stawamus Chief Trail (1985)
  • Upgraded Yew Lake Trail in Cypress Provincial Park to wheel chair accessible standards.
  • Upgraded Mount Seymour Provincial Park Trails.
  • Organize and sponsor annual Trail Builders and Maintainers (TBAM) course.
  • Developed and sponsored the Adopt-A-Trail program which encourages people and organizations to clear, maintain, mark, and upgrade existing mountain or country hiking trails (e.g. the Howe Sound Crest Trail.  Total number of trails in program is ???).
  • Maintain two tool caches for access to backcountry recreation areas north and west of Metro-Vancouver.
  • Constructed wheelchair accessible trail and boardwalk at Nairn Falls Park.
  •  Constructed wheelchair accessible trail and boardwalk around Yew Lake at Cypress Provincial Park
  • Constructed trail, bridge, and boardwalk at Belcarra Park.
  • Actively involved in concept planning, first explorations, trail locating, and trail and bridge building in Lynn Headwaters Park (G.V.R.D. jurisdiction).  Projects included:
    • Construction of main trail and bridges, and loop trail.
    • Biophysical mapping project and ecological site descriptions.
    • Built Hanes Creek connector trail from Lynn Creek to Grouse Mountain.
    • Built trails and facilities, and signed Seymour Demonstration Forest.
    • Constructed trails at Buntzen Lake including floating bridge.
    • Upgraded Centennial Trail, Radium Lake Trail, and Mount Thurston Trail in Chilliwack area.
  • FMCBC has been the representative to the National Trail Association from 1986 – 1990, and 1996 – present.  Representative was President from 1989 – 1990.

Canada West Mountain School

  • Has trained thousands of hikers, climbers, and skiers by providing professional, safety oriented mountain courses.
  • Coordinates Native Leadership program.

Miscellaneous

  • Assisted local clubs to raise funds to buy and now to hold in trust  27 parcels of land near the Smoke Bluffs rock climbing area(late 1980’s) to prevent further housing developments which would have restricted access to this very popular area. From 20???  to date working  with Squamish Regional District Council  in the eventual hope of transferring the land to the now proposed (2012) Smoke Bluffs Regional Park.

Southern Interior

Recreation and Conservation

  • Representative on the Lillooet LMRP for six years.
  • Working on the Cayoosh/Melvin Creek Resort Proposal.

Kootenay Region

Recreation and Conservation

  • Working on Jumbo Pass development issues.
  • Participated with the Kootenay Mountaineering Club on local access issues caused by a landowner closing a logging road, including soliciting help from the West Coast Environmental Law Society.

Trails

  • Built Drinnon Pass access trail into Mulvey Basin, and south side of Valhalla Park.  Very popular trail nowadays, especially for families.

Cariboo/Chilcotin

Recreation and Conservation

  • Participated in Chilko Lake Study Team which resulted in the Ts’yl-os Park (1994 – 1994).
  • Published tabloids on Chilko Lake and Southern Chilcotins (1988, 1991).
  • Helped fund the South Chilcotin video.
  • Participant in the Spruce Lake LRMP.
  • Provided input to Cariboo Chilcotin CORE Process (1993 – 1994) which resulted in northern portion of the Southern Chilcotin being designated as the Big Creek Provincial Park (1995).
  • Active participation in the Prince George LRMP over the past four years (1992 – 1996).  It is hoped that the plan will be completed in 1997.  Implementation will follow.
  • Strong advocate for subalpine/alpine controls on access (LRMP process and other venues).  Emphasis has been on ATVs and snowmobile access.
  • Some input on Robson Valley LRMP.
  • Active participant in the Herrick LRUP process through the early 1990s and now in the implementation of the plan.
  • Played key role in the identification and establishment of the Kakwa Recreation Area in the late 1980s.  Continue to work with Parks on management issues including access.
  • Proposed several protected areas under the PAS.  Most have received LRMP endorsement including the Fang Cave Area, the Sugarbowl Mountain/Grizzly Den area, the Ptarmigan Creek drainage, the Close-to-the-Edge Cave, and the Grand Canyon on the Fraser.
  • Active role in the preservation of subalpine forest, particularly for mountain caribou, but also for grizzly bear and other species.
  • Active member of the Prince George City Heritage Trails Committee for several years.
  • Active member of the Greenways Trail Society (this is a multi-stakeholder group including the UNBC, Parks, the City of Prince George, and the regional district that is developing a trail system on the westerly edge of Prince George).
  • Participated in the Master planning processes for the Monkman and Eskers Provincial Parks in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
  • Played a key role in the establishment of the Raven Lake/Grizzly Den forest recreation site that is closed to snowmobile use (it is part of an area now agreed to be as a Protected Area).
  • Worked with the Forest Service in the identification and protection of hiking trails, and in maintaining access to them.

Education

  • Use of Trail Guide written by Caledonia Ramblers used as education tool.
  • Public slide shows.
  • Through various planning processes noted under access and recreation.
  • Written articles for local newspapers.
  • Written articles for Cloudburst (Mike Nash).

Trails

  • Published a guide to trails in the Central Interior.  Started in 1974 and updated annually.
  • Over the past 23 years, have developed about 20 new hiking trails scattered throughout the Central Interior (some trails predate membership in the FMCBC).  Trails will be added to FMCBC Adopt-A-Trails program in 1997.
  • Taken on the development and construction of the Fraser Cutbanks Trail for the City of Prince George during 1995 and 1996.
  • Maintain the trails developed by the Caledonia Ramblers, but also six or seven developed by the Ministry of Forests or other parties.
  • Ongoing interactions with MOF on trail protection and management.
  • Built trails and facilities at Bralorne near Goldbridge.

Canada West Mountain School

  • Run public avalanche safety courses and outdoor winter camping courses under the auspices of the CWMS and FMCBC (G. Evanoff).

Miscellaneous

  • Organized several very successful hikes under the Hike BC Days program.
  • Helped organize the best of Banff Film Festival showings in Prince George for several years.
  • Lead hiking tour to Nemaiah Valley.
  • Lead many backcountry skiing tours based at Taylor Creek hut (seven days duration).
  • Lead many hiking tours (eight days duration) to Tyaughton Creek/Castle Mountain area.

North Coast

Recreation and Conservation

  • Starting the North Coast LRMP in January 2001.