Posted by: friendsofstrathcona | June 6, 2011

Oinimitis Centennial Trail by Karl Stevenson

Dear Editor

I’m a director of Friends of Strathcona Park, but these thoughts are entirely my own.

This summer, unless things change, we’ll be working to complete a very low impact trail through the Bedwell Valley, and we hope that a large number of volunteers will join us. For myself, I’ve never wanted a trail through the Bedwell, and I still don’t , but I’ll be working as hard as anyone to create one. The reason I’ve never wanted a trail is because the Bedwell was totally trashed by logging in the 1960′s, when the government sold the timber in the valley to private concerns, and I believe it deserves a chance to heal itself without further interference from us humans. Read More…

Posted by: friendsofstrathcona | May 25, 2011

Raven Coal Mine environmental assessment process

Hello,

My name is Cam Gray and I am the Vancouver Island Public Outreach Coordinator with the Wilderness Committee.

As you may or may not be aware, the 40 day public comment period for the Raven Coal Mine environmental assessment process has started. We have until June 27th to demonstrate the resounding public opposition to this destructive project that will add millions of tones carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, pollute drinking water and salmon streams, and jeopardize the Fanny Bay Oyster industry. Read More…

Posted by: friendsofstrathcona | May 17, 2011

Cooperative Trail Building in Jasper National Park

I thought you might be interested in the cooperative trail building in Jasper National Park.  It seems that Park Canada is planning a hiker-only route in the Tonquin Valley and doesn’t have any difficulty with having the Alpine Club of Canada providing the labour.

Darrell Tomkins

ACC Edmonton Section –BREEZE / e-News

May 2011

Tonquin Trail Here is an excerpt of the e-mail seeking YOUR assistance. A call to arms! Lawrence White has passed this onto the Edmonton ACC for proposed trail maintenance and construction. Greg Horne of Parks Canada writes:

Date: December 20, 2010 12:35:34 PM MST

To: Lawrence White lwhite@alpineclubofcanada

Subject: Re: Tonquin Trail

Hi Lawrence,

. . . Horse and hiker traffic heading directly to the Tonquin Valley would cross the Astoria and head west on the north side of the river. The new section, if built, would be a hiker only route. The general concept of shared construction would for Parks Canada to lay out the route, fell and buck trees and possible do some mechanical brushing. The ACC would provide labour to toss bucked bolts, toss cut brush, hand cut missed brush or brush sections not touched by mechanical brushers, grub/define tread, install markers, build cairns. I don’t expect critical foot bridges will be required for the new section. I think we’ll need a few season to see if particularly bad wet sections come to our attention and re-routes or other solutions are needed. . . .

Greg Horne

Resource Management and Public Safety Specialist | Spécialiste, Gestion des ressources et Sécurité publique

Jasper National Park of Canada | Parc national du Canada Jasper

Parks Canada | Parcs Canada

 

FoSP Note: the following appeared in The Vancouver Sun, May 9, 2011….

Unless someone finds a mythical money tree in a B.C. park, the province’s cash-strapped parks system will have to make do with its current budget, says the province’s environment minister.

Terry Lake was on the defensive Monday after the release of hundreds of pages of internal emails that showed B.C.’s parks system is so underfunded it can’t afford to build outhouses, buy enough toilet paper for the public, fix facilities or run basic patrols and services. Read More…

Posted by: friendsofstrathcona | April 14, 2011

Reply from Minister Lake

Many of us who recently sent letters to our new Minister of Environment Terry Lake got a standard form letter reply from him. (Note that someone on the Minister’s staff may need to re-read the form letter documentation!). Here is the form letter, and a replies to that letter by Renee Poisson, Darrell Tomkins, and Gordon L McFarlane. (Bob St.John)

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On 2011-04-13, at 2:33 PM, WWW ENVMail ENV:EX wrote:

EMAIL RESPONSE

Reference: 137101«Log_ID»

April 13, 2011

Renee«First_Name» Poisson«Last_Name»
Email: reneepoisson@xxxxxxx«Email_address»

Dear Ms.«Salutation» Poisson«Last_Name»:

Thank you for your email of February 3, 2011«Date_Written», addressed to Mr. Murray Coell, former Minister of Environment, regarding the granting of a Park Use Permit to the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. As the newly appointed Minister of Environment, I am pleased to respond.

The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, which is located outside of Strathcona Provincial Park, has applied for a Park Use Permit to conduct commercial horse trips on an old road bed located within the park’s boundaries. BC Parks has reviewed the permit within the scope of the current master plan’s language and zoning, as well as conducted a thorough impact assessment process to ensure that there are no impacts to the park. Based on the results of the review and assessment, a decision has been made to issue the Park Use Permit to the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort.

All commercial activities within provincial parks must be conducted under a valid Park Use Permit. Currently, there are several commercial operators conducting business in many provincial parks, including Strathcona Provincial Park. For example, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort already has an existing Park Use Permit for recreation hiking and guiding. The Park Use Permit allows a commercial operator to conduct business in the park, undertaking the same activities that can be undertaken by members of the public, but under a set of conditions to control the type and amount of activity.

Thank you for writing and sharing your concerns.

Sincerely,

Original Signed By

Terry Lake
Minister of Environment

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From: Renée Poisson
Date: April 14, 2011 11:30:53 AM PDT
To: “WWW ENVMail ENV:EX”
Subject: Re: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort’s Park Use Permit

Dear Terry Lake,

I am surprised and disappointed that you would claim that horses and their requirements will have no impact on the Park trail. There is much evidence to the contrary, as I’m sure you must know. I have no problem with allowing a “commercial operator to conduct business in the park, undertaking the same activities that can be undertaken by members of the public, but under a set of conditions to control the type and amount of activity”. Allowing horses into the park in this wilderness area does not fall into the above description, and will certainly affect the quality of the hiking experience for all the people who come a long way to experience the Bedwell Trail.

As Minister of the Environment you are responsible to all members of the public. It would appear most undemocratic to ignore the recommendations of the Strathcona Park Advisory Committee in favour of a very exclusive resort.

It’s hard for me to express in words how devastated I am by this undemocratic process. It is I as a taxpayer who pays your salary and gives you your position as Minister of the Environment. It now seems that the members of the general public who value and care for the Park are not important to you.

Please address my concern. Your action flies in the face of the democratic process.

Sincerely,
Renée Poisson
Box 68
Merville V0R 2M0

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Dear Minister of Environment Terry Lake,

I received your response to my email of February 2, 2011 yesterday. I was disappointed by the lack of understanding of the issues and process surrounding the granting of a Park Use Permit to allow horse trail development and use in Strathcona Provincial Park.

First, you stated that the permit was “within the scope of the current master plan”. This appears to be disingenuous, implying that you were not aware that there had been a carefully considered Master Plan that had been developed with input from all stakeholders following the 1988 blockade, and that the accepted Plan had to be modified to accommodate the Park Use Permit application requested by the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort to conduct commercial horse trips in Strathcona Provincial Park.

Furthermore it is obfuscating to state that the commercial horse trips would be “on an old road bed located within the park’s boundaries.” The old road is well along in the process of recovering from the damage caused by previous mining and logging activities in the Park and returning to a more natural state. It is not in suitable condition for horse trail use at the moment and would require considerable development by the Resort.

Third, I personally reviewed the impact assessment documents, which were never intended “to ensure that there are no impacts to the park.” The assessment focussed solely on mitigation of the damage that would be incurred by the use of horses in the natural environment that a BC Class A park is supposed to preserve. The environmental impact of the damage that would be caused by horse trail use in the west coast environment of the Bedwell Valley has never been assessed.

You end by equating recreation hiking and guiding, with horse trail riding. It is apparent that you haven’t seen the vastly different impacts of these activities. Furthermore you seem to justify the permission of commercial operators to use the Park because they are “undertaking the same activities that can be undertaken by members of the public”. This is also patently incorrect as the general public do not bring horses into the Park.

I hope that you can take leadership in the stewarding of protection and preservation of the unique and precious environments in our BC Provincial Parks and in particular, in Strathcona Provincial Park on the 100th anniversary of its establishment.

Sincerely

Darrell J. Tomkins

Darrell J. Tomkins, Ph. D., F.C.C.M.G.
Professor Emeritus of Medical Genetics
University of Alberta

137 Port Augusta Street
Comox, BC V9M 3N8

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Thankyou for making time to acknowledge and reply..
Unfortunately your comments are factually misleading, inaccurate.

To avoid making such errors, i suggest you acquaint yourself with the public’s Strathcona Park proper and the issues of this permit application.

The Strathcona Park Public Advisory Committee, which is hand picked by BC Parks, (raising a question of their inherent biase), recommended this permit be rejected, after 6 years of deliberation, and SPPAC did not support the Master Plan Amendment allowing expanded horse use in Strathcona Park.

Note: The vast majority of the public’s response was in opposition to CWR’s PUP application. The public voiced their opposition in the form of letters to your office, and their documented comments at the public meetings inappropriately conducted on how “to mitigate horse impact in Strathcona Park”.

The old road bed you reference, is in very poor condition, with 20 to 40 % destroyed/not passable..
( the estimate of the washout, the impassable, the altered, varies significantly whether the opinion is from an individual for or against horses in the Bedwell valley, Strathcona Park).
To utilize this old road bed/trail, will require major restoration ( very big bucks ), including the construction of 3 bridges of horse bearing capacity..( more very big bucks).
The permit application – if indeed granted, will provide virtual exclusivity of horse use in Strathcona Park to CWR! No individual will water taxi a horse into the Bedwell area of the Park.. And the only access to the land adjacent to Strathcona Park is through the applicant’s private lands, (owned by the Genovese Family Trust …Q: who are these people and what is the source of their money? Please -Who exactly, are committing the public sign a long term contract with ?)

At this point, I must insist that you start making sense.

Further, Please establish for yourself, how many horse riders make use of the original 3 roadways in that Park that allowed horses for the last 20 years, and how many have any intention of using the new additions designated for horse use. This suggestion that the public will undertake this activity ( horse riding) is purely fictional, a bogus attempt to justify a park use permit to a commercial operator in a provincial park. ( owned by the public, intrusted to their government of the day – You ).

If I have stirred you to search out the truth here, then please get right to it Mr Minister T. Lake.
I have offered you sufficient threads to follow, at this time i will close.

Do be free to contact me to discuss further.

Gordon L McFarlane

Black Creek BC.

Posted by: friendsofstrathcona | April 8, 2011

More Letters to Minister Terry Lake

Hello readers,

These are some of the great letters written to our Minister of Environment, Terry Lake, as a result of our Facebook ‘Letters to Lake’ event. The Minister has not as of yet signed the Park Use Permit for Clayoquot Wilderness Resort to establish a private horse operation in Strathcona Park. However BC Parks has already given it their stamp of approval on February 23. Thank you all for these great letters… everyone counts!

Bob St.John
Director, Friends of Strathcona Park

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To: The Honourable Terry Lake, Minister of the Environment,
Copy: The Honourable Christy Clark, Premier

Dear Mr. Lake,

Your ministry has recently approved the issue of a Park Use Permit for Clayquot Wilderness Resort to take horses into the recovering but still immensely fragile Bedwell Valley.

The permit you are in danger of signing will go against the clearly expressed opposition of more than 90% of the attendees at 3 flawed public meetings held throughout the Island last year and against the recommendations of your own organ – the Strathcona Park Public Advisory Committee. A clear indication of your government’s biased position on this issue was that the question asked of those in attendance at the public meetings was not whether horses should be allowed in the Bedwell but how their presence could be managed. I would hardly call this a shining example of democracy in action.

Nevertheless, your government went ahead and unilaterally amended the Strathcona Park Master Plan to accommodate your rich friends in the Genovese family, the owners of CWR.

You do not have any form of mandate to take this action other than political expediency. There is no public benefit from allowing horses in the Bedwell. No jobs will be created nor wealth extracted. The erosion prone route to be developed by CWR will be bypassed by any hiker with a modicum of backcountry sense and the Friends of Strathcona have already told you that they will build a trail up the valley at no cost to the government. With respect, neither you nor CWR have a fraction of the backcountry knowledge of the Friends of Strathcona. Doesn’t it make sense to leave such matters to the experts?

Your duty to the public now is to refuse to sign this permit. It is not too late to reverse the appalling decision to allow CWR to make a rich man’s playground of the Bedwell Valley. You must do what the electorate has put you in power to do. To act fairly, responsibly and with accountability. To date, your predecessors have displayed none of these qualities. I implore you to do the right thing for Strathcona and Vancouver Island and allow the clearly expressed will of the majority to prevail.

Sincerely,

Martin Smith (Dr)
Treasurer, Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC
Board Member, Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Island Section
Lands End Road,
North Saanich, V8L 5K9

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Dear Minister Lake

Have you ever walked through a truly wilderness area; one without any of the conveniences of home, or the traffic..? Have you trekked about for a day in a space that wasn’t prepared, or packaged, one that didn’t have our footprint ALL over it? I ask because the Clayoquot area is now just that, and it’s one of the few areas like it in our province. I know this because I helped it to gain the status it has now, back in the early ’90′s. (Remember the Midnight Oil “concert”?) No, I’m not a ‘tree hugger’, I work in Industry.

Mr Lake, we need places like this; places where we can go, away from our built up surroundings and our stuff. The little slash of bush between my acreage and yours is NOT enough. Not for us and not for the creatures who’ve been there long before us.

Fact one: Horses freak wildlife out. The reverse is also frighteningly true. Fact two: Horses are more damaging to an area than any human willed recreational activity that isn’t gas powered.

Questions regarding the need and desire for the proposed licensing have been asked, and roundly answered by those who’ve attended the public meetings. There are other beautiful areas for the equestrian inclined to go. If they want to see THIS area, please let them walk through it, and in doing so, see it without accessories and hold it close so as to WANT to come back with their friends and kids and show them something we haven’t ‘improved’.

I thank you in advance for being one who listens to the corporate voice of your public, and not just the corporate voice.

cheers
ben hunter

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To: The Honourable Terry Lake, Minister of the Environment,
CC: All environmental groups, newspapers, radio, television, and politicians

Public Input Mitigated

BC Parks has ignored the decision of its own Strathcona Park Public Advisory Committee (SPPAC) to turn down an application by Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (CWR) to construct and operate a private horse operation in that park. Instead they have ‘mitigated’ (to make less severe, serious, or painful) the committee’s No into a questionable Yes.

Back in 1988 the provincial government was surprised by the outpouring of negative public sentiment against mineral exploration drilling in Strathcona Park. A months long blockade of the drill site resulted in many concerned citizens being arrested for merely protecting the park from industrial activity. The massive media coverage embarrassed the government into stopping the exploration, and eventually to remove all mineral claims in the park. To prevent similar events from happening in the future, a Master Plan for the park and a Public Advisory Committee came into being.

The Master Plan was formulated by a committee of equal numbers of government and public members. SPPAC members were to represent the public interest in park affairs. They are appointed by the government from varying backgrounds and professions to reflect a wide range of public viewpoints. Thus the Master Plan and SPPAC became the public’s safeguard against government misadventures.

This framework worked well for about 15 years, until 2006 when CWR applied to BC Parks to extend their private operations into the park. It is said that governments have a memory of about 10 years, after which they tend to repeat mistakes of the past. They unilaterally changed the Master Plan to allow the application to move forward. They did not form a committee of equal numbers of government and public members as they did when the Plan was originally created. Instead they went ahead on their own and changed the Plan in 2010, disregarding the rejection of the amendment by SPPAC. Recently they also turned a blind eye to SPPAC’s unanimous rejection of CWR’s application.

The government’s answer to this is that they have ‘mitigated’ SPPAC’s rejections by incorporating some of SPPAC’s ideas into their plans. The government seems pleased by this approach,… they can say they have consulted with the public, and are now ready to move forward.

This misuse of public input by our government, especially that of their own Public Advisory Committee, does not fool the Friends of Strathcona Park. If the new Minister of the Environment were to re-submit their mitigated Master Plan Amendment of 2010 and the CWR Park Use Permit Application to SPPAC, and they approved both, then the Friends would need to abide by their decision.

No one, especially the Friends, wants a repeat of 1988. We urge the new Minister to please reconsider their recent misguided decisions, and take public input seriously.

Bob St.John
Director, Friends of Strathcona Park
Comox, BC V9M 2B7
250-890-0780

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Dear Honourable Dr. Terry Lake,
Re: the issuing of a Park Use Permit to CWR.

Having met with you recently and seeing your report and recommendations on the sled dogs, I feel encouraged that there might be a glimmer of hope that you may actually listen to what people have to say on this subject. This year is a special year for our BC Provincial Parks as we celebrate 100 years of our Provincial park system. For many years BC carried with great pride the title “Beautiful British Columbia” and we were all proud of our park system. Through serious funding cuts to our parks, trails, information and interpretation services, maps and public information all of the above now have fallen by the way side.

Park staff, mostly well meaning, are desperately trying to fulfill their mandate to look after our parks with a budget that falls far short of what is required to keep our parks and services in a beautiful and healthy state. From the top they have been advised to look at the private sector for trail maintenance, repair and liability. Following the thread of the Freedom of Information (FOI) obtained to try to understand why BC Parks first changed the master plan and then approved the CWR permit (in principle) shows clearly that there was a “corporate appetite” to issue this particular permit inspite of overwhelming public objection and rejection by the Strathcona Park Public Advisory Committee (SPPAC) of both the change of masterplan and the issuing of the permit. SPPAC was actually presented with a draft plan for their consideration while the real plan had already been signed of by BC parks staff.

The reasons SPPAC and the public listed as reasons for their objections were used to “mitigate the perceived problems for horse use in the Bedwell” and also forwarded to the proponent to “improve and assist in the permit application”. The public was openly told to come up with a “show stopper” to halt the issuing of this permit. This is a very strange way to mange our public parks and seems highly unprofessional to me!

Having been actively involved in the protection and trail building in Strathcona Park for the last 25 years of its 100 year existence, I feel deeply disturbed by the attitudes of the staff of BC Parks and their departure of managing Strathcona Park as a public trust. Reading the F.O.I on this subject I am appalled by the deep disrespect parks staff displays towards the public and SPPAC, who’s function is to represent he public voice for BC Parks management.

How are we, the public, going to celebrate our Park(s) now BC Parks have (yet again) lost the trust and respect of the public? Having a deep commitment to keep our parks public I (and with me many people in BC) have great difficulties to celebrate that on the 100 birthday of Strathcona Park the first permit was issued for private commercial (recreation) industry to run a private horse guiding and built private infra structures in Strathcona Park. It is a sad event and nothing to celebrate! A more appropriate present for the government to Strathcona would be, to restore the funding to our parks to their historic past when we had volunteer trail crews, youth groups and youth volunteer wardens, information and interpretation centres and up to date and adequate public maps and information on our parks!

I would like to urge you to seriously look into the manner parks management pushed the discussion to issue this Park Use Permit through. The main reason being that CWR has offered to spent substantial amounts of money (somewhere in the order of $300.000 and upwards) to repair an old roadbed, which is washed out and collapsed in many places in return for this permit to run a private horse operation in our park and built several private tent platforms for the exclusive use of their guests. How can the issuing of a permit for private horse guiding benefit Strathcona Park and the public?

As a veterinarian I also have great concern for the safety of these horses. The old roadbed has washed out in many places and rivers have left big boulder fields and hazardous river crossings, not particular safe hose country. Also old rotten culverts and log crossings are hidden under the gravel. The manager of CWR himself, John Caton, proudly related a story where he himself and his horse fell through one of these rotten logs, it almost killed him and the horse. Fortunately he did not need to shoot his horse so he could get out and no one was hurt. Having walked the trail; I do not feel that this proposed trail is all safe for the horses and subsequently their riders.

Please Honourable Dr Lake have a heart for our parks and help us to truly celebrate the 100 years of Strathcona Park and our BC Park system and review and decline the final signing of this permit.

With great respect, yours truly,

Marlene Smith-Schalkwijk DVM

Posted by: friendsofstrathcona | April 5, 2011

Letters to Minister Terry Lake

Hello readers,

The following letters were recently mailed to our new Minister of the Environment, Terry Lake. The Minister has not as of yet signed the Park Use Permit for Clayoquot Wilderness Resort to establish a private horse operation in Strathcona Park. However BC Parks has already given it their stamp of approval on February 23. Thank you all for these great letters… everyone counts!

Bob St.John
Director, Friends of Strathcona Park

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Welcome Minister Terry Lake,

Congratulations on becoming our new minister for the environment. This is a reply to your letter of April 3rd 2011 (Reference #137166 – Routledge – Strathcona Park Master Plan)

Today, a delegation of concerned citizens visited your office for a last ditch effort to salvage any attempts to privatize Strathcona Park from your ministry. Our hearts and minds are with them in every way in this endeavor. Today’s meeting is a culmination of years of sweat, toil and hard work by many, many citizens and organizations. We are 100% determined to keep this” Wilderness Park ” as is, for our descendents to enjoy, and, as a bench mark against which future generations can say, this is what the world was like before humans touched the earth, in this part of the world.

It is our vision Sir, we hope you to can share this vision with us. We also hope that when future generations ask, people will be able to reply that, the Honorable Terry Lake, the then Minister of the Environment,under B.C.Liberal Premier Christy Clark, knew what to do. He “Did The Right Thing”. He stopped the Genovese Family of Monaco/C.W.R. park use permit, as asked for by hundreds of citizens across the land. Including the ministers own Strathcona Park Advisory Committee, set up especially to oversee Strathcona Park. What a great gift it would be to the future from you Sir, and for B.C.’s first, and oldest, provincial park, now celebrating its centennial year. A fitting, first thing to do, by Minister the Hon: Terry Lake as a show of commitment ,and vision,for our future generations to come.

We await your reply, Sir.
“STRATHCONA PARK MUST NOT DIE” – WE, WILL NOT LET IT-
Because We Care. As long term park users,caretakers and former park employee.

David & Adel Routledge,Cumberland,B.C.

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Valhalla Wilderness Society
P.O. Box 329, New Denver, BC, V0G 1S0
Phone: 250-358-2610; Fax: 358-2748; vws@vws.org; http://www.vws.org

April 04, 2011

Honourable Terry Lake
Minister of Environment
Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC

Dear Minister Lake:

The signing of the permit for Clayoquot Wilderness Resort to operate in Strathcona Provincial Park will go down in infamy in the history of this province’s park system. Many governments in BC have credit for building this immense legacy. At present the current government has the most reputation for degrading it and tearing it down. We urge you not to sign the permit, and we would add that if it is signed, your tenure as Environment Minister will be remembered by this atrocious act for a long time to come.

Sincerely,

Anne Sherrod, Chair
Valhalla Wilderness Society

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“Strathcona Park belongs to all the people of British Columbia.

It does not belong to you and your government.

You do not have our permission to sell off the ‘rights’ to our park and the fruits of the labours of a myriad of citizens who have volunteered to cherish and nurture the park and make it accessible to folks on foot. Do not allow a capitalist enterprise to ride rough shod over a century of public love for this park.

Please do not issue this permit.”

Bob Stiven
1567 Balmoral Ave
Comox, B.C.
V9M 2T4

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Dear Minister Lake,

Please DO NOT allow your government to sell off ‘rights to access’ in Strathcona Natural’ Park to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort or any private company! It is not a government park, it is a people’s park. The people of this province are the shareholders of crown land and we entrust our government to act in our best interest. Natural places and parks are sacred in B.C. and it would not be responsible or politically wise to start selling off our Parks in any way to private interests.

If you allow this company to operate horses commercially within the boundaries of the park and all that goes with that operation you would be setting a dangerous precedent for Strathcona Park and for ALL our other natural parks in B.C. Where would one draw the line? If one commercial interest is awarded access to a public ‘natural’ asset then it is only fair that all commercial requests are given due consideration and some awarded similar government issued permits?

This is NOT the way British Columbians want our Parks to be governed or envision our B.C. Parks now or in the future.

Please, do the right thing in your important position as Minister of the Environment and put a halt to this dangerous direction your government is traveling. We need wild spaces for our wildlife and for people to escape to from commercial interests and enjoy nature for nature’s sake.

Sincerely,
Barbara Murray
3362 Rockhampton Road
Nanoose Bay, B.C.
V9P 9H5

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Mr. Lake,

For some years now the people of BC have begged, petitioned, written and telephoned our provincial government to preserve our Strathcona Park. It belongs to us. It must not be logged nor developed. Do not issue any permits.

Permits for resorts, logging, and other variously described developments do not belong in this park – it belongs to the future of healthy practices, something we have not educated ourselves to carry out at this time but will eventually. I have lived and worked in our west coast island forest areas for years and have seen firsthand the deterioration of water, land and forests. Even retired/working loggers know this is wrong. Their children seek other opportunities for work because they have felt the emotional consequences of ill conceived forestry practices and commercial enterprises.

If we destroy this area before wisdom arrives, there will be nothing to work with. Do not issue any permits.

Thank you,

S. Lawrence
8381 W. Saanich Rd
Saanichton bc v8m 1s5

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From: Bob Broadland
To: celyne.hodges@gov.bc.ca
Sent: Saturday, April 02, 2011 1:28 PM
Subject: Horses in Strathcona Park

I wish to register my protest to the apparent approval for a Park Use Permit to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort to operate exclusive commercial use of horses within Strathcona Provincial Park. I am 87 years of age and I have had a long and wonderful relationship with Strathcona since I first visited Buttle Lake in 1938 as a 15 year old. I was married while still in the RCAF in August 1945 and spent the first night of my honeymoon a stones throw from Upper Campbell Lake. After graduation from Forest Engineering at UBC in 1949 , as a new member of the new Provincial Parks Branch, along with two colleagues conducted a Recreational Survey of the Sayward Forest immediately adjacent and north of Strathcona Park . Part of that project included research on Strathcona Park and I came across the diary of one of the 1910 members of the 31-person exploration party that led to the 1911 creation of Strathcona Park. The Leader of that survey party was the Honourable Price Ellison, then Minister of Lands for the Provincial Government. In my opinion present and future Ministers of Parks should acquaint themselves with that report to understand what a treasured legacy was set aside as a Park in 1911. Ironically, in the early days of Strathcona a number of proposed regulations concerning development and use were formulated, but thankfully never adopted.. It is interesting that one of the regulations was that it gave the hiking-trail right-of-way to horse-mounted users of which there weren’t any in those days, but reflected the inexperience of managers of that period during those frontier days of cowboys etc. Subsequent experience with horse use in public recreation areas has determined that the presence of such animals is inimical to the wide general use by foot hikers throughout the Park.

In short, I am very much disappointed by the seeming support of the present Minister to the proposed exclusive-use of horses within Strathcona Provincial Park.

Sincerely,
Bob Broadland, served in Provincial Parks and Heritage Conservation Branches May 1949- April 1984.
4641 Vantreight Drive
Victoria, B.C. V8N 3W8

Posted by: friendsofstrathcona | March 11, 2011

Families Second in the Park

Families first, promises B.C.’s new premier Christy Clark. My hope is that her promise will apply to my family when it comes to access and use of facilities in our publicly owned parks. Read More…

Posted by: friendsofstrathcona | January 23, 2011

Friends of Strathcona Hosting Meeting

The Friends of Strathcona Park (FOSP) are hosting a meeting in Courtenay for several groups concerned with protecting our environment and parks. Executive members from the various groups will discuss ways and means for encouraging governments to deal better with fragile natural areas.

Some recent happenings which have prompted the coming discussion are threats of increased logging and mining in Clayoquot Sound, and harmful commercial activity in the Bedwell Valley area of Strathcona Park. Discussion topics will include possible court proceedings against the government, alliances with native groups, and the pros and cons of civil disobedience. Non-violence workshops will be on the agenda. One thing that won’t be on the agenda is politics. Karl Stevenson, a director for FOSP, says FOSP is strictly non-political because no government, at least so far, has shown itself to be much better than another when it comes to respecting the environment. Read More…

Posted by: friendsofstrathcona | January 12, 2011

FOSP Centennial Project : Bedwell/Buttle Trail

The directors of Friends of Strathcona Park (FOSP) have decided to complete the Bedwell/Buttle Trail as a Strathcona Park Centennial Project. They say the trail, which traverses the mountains and valleys between Buttle Lake and Bedwell Sound, will make it possible to hike from Buttle Lake to the west coast in approximately 3-4 days.

FOSP volunteers have already worked for two years on the project, first repairing an important bridge, and then constructing a very scenic section of trail along the Bedwell River. All work so far has been from the west coast side, requiring boat trips from Tofino. The final stage will be completed this year, and is intended to involve two crews working toward each other from both sides of Vancouver Island, linking up in the middle. Read More…

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