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 is now closed, but there will be another opportunity for the public to comment once the management plan is drafted. A few of our areas of concern are:
Access and facility improvements
- FMCBC members feel that Pinecone Burke Park is less popular now than in the past due to access issues and lack of facilities within the park. If park access and facilities (including trails) were improved this park would likely grow in popularity and could relieve some of the overcrowding issues found at Cypress, Mt. Seymour and Golden Ears Provincial Parks.
Enforcing non-motorized zoning to protect backcountry skiing
- The Sea-to-Sky Land and Resource Management Plan’s winter backcountry recreation map recognizes two major backcountry ski routes from the Mamquam valley into the park, but does not recognize any major snowmobile routes. FMCBC members feel that the park zoning should establish and enforce non-motorized use only to help protect these and other backcountry ski opportunities within the park.
Controlled motorized access to cabins
- There are some old cabins within the park which predate the creation of the park. These cabins are accessed year round by trucks, motorized trail bikes and snowmobiles. FMCBC members feel that this motorized access to the cabins should be strictly controlled, and that there should be no motorized recreation beyond the immediate cabin areas.