Advocacy

Advocacy

 

The FMCBC works to protect access to BC’s mountains and forests for non-motorized backcountry users by working with government agencies, recreation organizations, commercial recreation operators and industry professionals. We advocate to protect traditional routes, sensitive ecosystems, and quiet places for people to enjoy.

 

Meeting copyAdvocacy through communication – the FMCBC meets regularly with various levels of government, resource extraction company representatives, conservation organizations and commercial recreation operators to discuss maintaining and improving access for non-motorized backcountry users.  FMCBC directors and committee members also send letters to make recommendations, ask questions and respond to proposed changes in land use which will affect non-motorized backcountry users.  Some of these letters (recent and past) can be viewed here.

 


researchAdvocacy through research – the FMCBC has conducted both official and unofficial research and surveys to learn more about the number of non-motorized backcountry users in BC, their economic impact, and the health benefits of participating in non-motorized backcountry activities.  View our most recent studies here.

 

 


partnership Advocacy through building partnerships and positive relationships – the FMCBC works hard to build partnerships with like-minded organizations.  By working together with different user groups it is possible to grow the voice of the non-motorized, backcountry community.  Some of the organizations which the FMCBC has worked with in the past and/or is currently working to build partnerships with can be viewed here.

 

 


PositionThe FMCBC’s position – over the years the FMCBC has worked hard to protect access to traditional backcountry recreation terrain across the province.  Currently we are working to update our policies and position on various topics such as hut development within parks, avoidance protocols for heli-operations, and shared versus multi-use trails.  Current updated position papers can be viewed here.

 

 


letterGet involved – FMCBC Member Clubs, their members and members of the general public are encouraged to get involved by writing letters of their own.  If you are interested in receiving updates from the FMCBC on the issues we are currently working on you can sign up to receive our monthly E-News.  For ideas on how to write your letter check out our letter writing tips.

View our most recent campaigns here.

 


Recent issues the FMCBC has responded to:

  • Help restore access to the Singing Pass Trail
    21 September, 2017

    Want to help restore access to the Singing Pass Trail and solve one of the most contentious access issues in the Sea to Sky corridor? Then check out this parking proposal and let us know what you think. We welcome your comments and ideas, as well as any show of support that will help this ...

  • How to Show Your Support for Rails to Trails on Vancouver Island
    5 April, 2017

    Around the world, unused railways are being converted into multi-use recreational trails for hikers, bikers, walkers, horseback riders, and other non-motorized users. Much more than pathways, these trails connect communities, encourage active lifestyles, and act as world-class destinations for locals and tourists alike. There’s an initiative on Vancouver Island to do just that—to convert the existing ...

  • Cypress Provincial Park – FMCBC calls for improved visitor signage and information
    26 February, 2017

    Cypress Provincial Park is a popular winter destination for snowshoers, hikers and backcountry skiers from Greater Vancouver. Park visitors wishing to access the winter trails and backcountry areas of Cypress Provincial Park are required to travel on a corridor through the controlled recreation area (CRA), which is operated by Cypress Mountain Resorts (Cypress Mountain) under a ...

  • FMCBC’s Response to the BC Parks’ Future Strategy
    19 December, 2016

    In early November, BC Parks overhauled its online campsite reservation system with the intention of boosting accessibility and cracking down on scams. And then, less a month later, they unveiled the BC Parks’ Future Strategy, a series of measures aimed at improving the overall conservation, recreation, and sustainability within the BC Parks system. While the document ...

  • Campaign: Support increased funding for BC Parks
    27 August, 2016

    To ensure the B.C. Government is aware of the public’s support for increasing funding to BC Parks, we encourage people to send a letter to their local MLA and/or the Premier. We have drafted a sample letter which you can download and edit or you can use the petition letter below which will be sent directly ...

  • How To Help Fund BC Parks
    12 August, 2016

    As regular users of BC’s provincial parks, you’ve probably noticed things aren’t looking the way they used to. Broken signage, damaged boardwalks, ecological damage, neglected facilities—it’s clear the BC government has been spending their dollars elsewhere. Our parks have been in dire need of funding for over a decade, and it shows. Just take a look ...

  • Time to show what a lack of funding has done to our parks
    14 July, 2016

    Have you visited our provincial parks lately and noticed any of the following? – Broken, missing or vandalized signage – Missing or damaged trail markers – Trail braiding, exposed roots, broken or missing boardwalk slats – Bridges in need of repair or closed due to damage – Poorly maintained campground facilities – Ecological damage from lack of monitoring – Excessive litter or ...

  • BC Parks needs your help!
    5 February, 2016

    This Family Day weekend, show your love for BC’s provincial parks by sending a clear message to government to #FundBCParks. Whether it’s skiing at Manning, hiking in Garibaldi, canoeing on Bowron Lake or watching the salmon run at Goldstream, BC’s provincial parks have something for everyone. Towering rainforests, jagged mountain ranges, open plains and expansive beaches ...

  • Write your MLA to increase funding for BC Parks
    26 January, 2016

    In their Report on the Budget 2016 Consultations, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services has included a recommendation for the provincial government to increase funding for BC Parks in its 2016 Budget    This recommendation comes out of extensive public consultations conducted by the committee (see report – section under Environment).  The recommendation ...

  • Working towards improved access for all at Cypress and Seymour Provincial Parks
    26 January, 2016

    Parking capacity at Mt. Seymour and Cypress Provincial Parks is an issue that anyone who’s visited the mountains lately is aware of, and it’s one that the FMCBC has been working on — together with BC Parks and commercial ski hill operators — for several years. The parking problem occurs on sunny or good weather ...

  • Highlights from the PTAB’s October 30th meeting
    17 December, 2015

    The Provincial Trails Advisory Body (PTAB) held its second in-person meeting on October 30th and was attended by 11 members, including our own Andrew Drouin. The draft meeting minutes can be found here, but here is a condensed version of the topics that were discussed surrounding the implementation of the Trails Strategy for British Columbia. ...

  • BC Parks approves ski resort policy
    26 November, 2015

    After more than a year and a half of consultations, drafts, reviews and deliberations, BC Parks has approved its Ski Resort Policy for Cypress, Seymour and Manning Parks – the three resorts in BC located within the provincial parks system. Development of the Ski Resort Policy was undertaken to provide guidance on aspects of ski resort and ...

  • Support for a National Park Reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen
    21 October, 2015

    The FMCBC supports development of a National Park Reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen. The BC Government has resumed discussions regarding protection of areas in this region and has put together an Intentions Paper which outlines a framework for protecting lands in the South Okanagan by establishing a National Park Reserve. At FMCBC’s Southern Interior Regional Meeting ...

  • Opposition to Jumbo Glacier Resort stands firm through wins and losses
    11 August, 2015

    After more than two decades of opposition to Jumbo Glacier Resort, wilderness conservationists and backcountry recreationists received some good news last month from Province — the determination that the project has not been substantially started and that its Environmental Assessment Certificate has now expired. The FMCBC submitted a letter supporting Minister Mary Polak’s determination, the ...

  • Send in your comments on BC Parks Draft Ski Resort Policy
    15 July, 2015

    We have concerns with BC Parks Draft Ski Resort Policy and think you should too because the draft policy could potentially be used as a template for commercial operations within Class A Parks in the future. We believe that further review of the following points is necessary to ensure that BC Parks responsibilities to protect ...

  • Concerns persist surrounding Garibaldi at Squamish resort proposal
    8 July, 2015

    For 15 years, the FMCBC has expressed concern over the Garibaldi at Squamish (GAS) ski resort project, maintaining that if accepted, Squamish could lose the very reasons people are attracted to the area. The proposed $3.5 million resort at Brohm Ridge includes hotels, resort condos, extensive ski runs, and a projected 1.9 million annual visits ...

  • Unresolved areas in the Sea-to-Sky LRMP a concern
    11 June, 2015

    Despite several stakeholder initiatives to resolve the zoning of a large area in the vicinity of Cloudburst Mountain, Tricouni Mountain, Cypress Mountain, Seagram’s Lake, and Brew Mountain, the “unresolved” designation put forward in 2009 by the Sea-to-Sky Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) persists. So long as this remains the case, the zoning of the ...

  • Comments on BC Parks’ Draft Ski Resort Policy
    21 April, 2015

    Over the past week, organizations such as BC Nature and the Friends of Cypress Provincial Park sent in letters to BC Parks expressing concern regarding the BC Parks’ Draft Ski Resort Policy which will affect ski resort operations within Mount Seymour, Cypress and Manning Provincial Parks. Today the FMCBC sent in a letter with our ...

  • Update on the parking situation at Cypress and Mt. Seymour
    25 February, 2015

    Although not such an issue this year with the lack of snow on the south coast, our Recreation and Conservation Committee sent in a letter today to Vicki Haberl, BC Parks Planning Section Head for the South Coast Region, in response to BC Parks’ Discussion Paper on Parking Capacity as it relates to the private ...

  • FMCBC opposes cat skiing tenure expansion near Brew Hut
    23 January, 2015

    We sent a letter to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations this week opposing  Powder Mountain Catskiing’s tenure expansion application into areas near the Varsity Outdoor Club’s Brew Hut.  Similar letters were sent by the UBC Varsity Outdoor Club and the Alpine Club of Canada Whistler Section. FMCBC’s letter lists several reasons why ...

  • Comments on plans for Pinecone Burke Park
    1 December, 2014

    BC Parks and the Katzie First Nation are working on a management plan for Pinecone Burke Provincial Park. The FMCBC took part in their stakeholders workshop, plus we sent in a letter during their Initial Public Input Comment Period describing what our members would like to see included in the plan.  The initial comment period ...

  • FMCBC provides comment on the Vancouver Island Land Use Plan
    26 November, 2014

    The FMCBC was one of the original stakeholders involved in the Commission on Resources and Environment (CORE) process during the early 1990s and the establishment of the Vancouver Island Land Use Plan (VILUP) in 1994.  It has now been 20 years since the VILUP was established and University of Alberta Masters Student Sabrina Schwartz contacted the ...

  • Discussing trails with our neighbors in Washington
    30 October, 2014

    Report on the Washington State Trails Conference by Jodi Appleton, FMCBC Program and Administration Manager I had the opportunity, along with three other representatives from the FMCBC (Bob St. John, Carol Hunter and Dave Wharton) to attend the Washington State Trails Conference in Bellingham this month.  This biennial conference is organized by the Washington State Trails Coalition and ...

  • Opposing the Jumbo Glacier Resort
    7 October, 2014

    The FMCBC submitted a letter today to Premier Christy Clark and several ministers urging the government to deny renewal of Jumbo Glacier Resort’s environmental assessment certificate and to dissolve the Jumbo Resort Municipality. Many of those who are opposed to the resort are concerned about wildlife conservation and legal issues surrounding the proposed resort.  The FMCBC’s ...

  • FMCBC comments on BC Parks Ski Resort Policy Intentions Paper
    9 July, 2014

    The FMCBC submitted comments to BC Parks on their Ski Resort Policy Intentions Paper.  A Ski Resort Policy is being developed by BC Parks to provide guidance for the three commercial ski resorts (Cypress Mountain, Mount Seymour and E.C. Manning) located within the provincial parks system.  This policy will provide direction for the management and administration ...

  • FMCBC comments on the South Chilcotin and Big Creek Provincial Parks Draft Plan
    29 May, 2014

    The FMCBC submitted comments to BC Parks on the draft plan they have developed for the South Chilcotin and Big Creek Provincial Parks.   The public comment period for this plan is open until May 30th. The FMCBC was involved in the Lillooet LRMP and other planning processes that resulted in the designation of the area ...

  • SFU Health Benefits Review Summary
    20 May, 2014

    Summary by Mack Skinner, FMCBC Advocacy Committee The purpose of this review is to summarize existing research into the health benefits associated with non-motorized outdoor recreation activities. So far academic research has paid scant attention to this topic, but over the past decade a number of interesting and innovative projects have been undertaken in several countries ...

  • Summarized Study of Non-motorized Outdoor Recreation in BC
    20 May, 2014

    Report by Brian Wood, FMCBC Advocacy Committee Chair Introduction This is a brief review of the 60 page research study conducted by Simon Fraser University (SFU) on behalf of the FMCBC. Purpose This research estimates participation rates and economic contributions associated with 28 non-motorized outdoor recreation activities in British Columbia for the year 2012. Data was gathered using an ...

  • Backcountry Recreation Study
    13 May, 2014

    The FMCBC went through its Strategic Planning process in 2011-2012 to help us define and confirm our unique role amongst outdoor recreation clubs and conservation organizations.  The FMCBC determined that our main role is to be an advocate on behalf of non-motorized backcountry recreation users.  Protecting non-motorized backcountry recreation activities, access and interests is the ...

  • FMCBC opposes Bill 4: Park Amendment Act
    7 March, 2014

    Bill 4: Park Amendment Act has already gone through its second reading and will be debated in BC Legislature soon so it’s a good idea to get your comments and letters in sooner rather than later.   The passing of Bill 4 would allow industry to carry out “research” in BC parks related to industrial activities ...

  • FMCBC submits comments on GAS resort proposal
    23 January, 2014

    The FMCBC Southwest BC Recreation and Conservation Committee submitted a letter this month to Chris Hamilton, Executive Project Director for the Environmental Assessment Office to express concerns regarding the proposed Garibaldi at Squamish Resort and its potential impact on non-motorized backcountry recreation. In brief, the following four main concerns were addressed in the letter: Garibaldi provides one ...

  • Call for Section 58 Closure
    18 July, 2013

    The FMCBC has written a letter to Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations asking to formally prohibit snowmobiling in Twentyone Mile Creek.  Presently this area is designated as a non-motorized zone in the Sea to Sky LRMP, but that is only a planning document.  The minister must issue an order under ...

  • Garibaldi Provincial Park Management Plan Amendments
    1 February, 2013

      Letter Sent to Jennie Aikman, Regional Planner BC Parks PO Box 3010 Cultus Lake, BC, V2R 5H6 Phone: (604) 824-2316 Fax: (604) 858-4905 Email: Jennie.Aikman@gov.bc.ca  2013-01-08 Introduction Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC (FMCBC) – SW Region Recreation and Conservation Committee members have reviewed the recent report from BC Parks: DRAFT Management Plan Amendment for the Spearhead Area – Garibaldi Park. We have prepared ...

  • Backcountry User Fees reduced at Whistler Olympic Park
    13 September, 2012

    Whistler Olympic Park is reducing user fees for backcountry users for the 2012-2013 ski season.  The new fee will be $10 per vehicle.  Backcountry skiers and snowshoers can access the Sproatt, Gin, Hanging Lake, Rainbow Beverley and Puma areas, using the groomed trails to reach the backcountry trailheads. At Callaghan Country, the reduced price ticket for ...

  • Backcountry Access Improvements at Whistler Olympic Park
    19 October, 2011

    Whistler Olympic Park and Callaghan Country have parted ways and will run separate operations for the 2011-2012 season.  This year Whistler Olympic Park (WOP) has implemented a number off improvements to backcountry access. A WOP backcountry access day pass will cost $10 and a season pass $50, the same price as last year.  Day passes may ...