The Friends of Strathcona Park (FOSP) was incorporated as a non profit society in 1987, largely through the efforts of Steve and Marlene Smith who now live in the Comox Valley. Our mission is:
- to preserve and protect the natural beauty of Strathcona Park for the appreciation of present and future generations,
- to promote public awareness, understanding and enjoyment of the Park, its natural features, environment and ecosystems, its trails and other amenities, and
- to advance a sense of public responsibility and stewardship towards the Park, its natural features, environment and ecosystems.
The Friends accomplishments include:
- Preventing mining in the park.
- Pressuring the government of the day to reverse its deletion of large areas of the Park, specifically the Bedwell Valley.
- Building a trail and suspension bridge connecting Bedwell Lake to the ocean.
- Working with Sierra Legal Defense (now called Ecojustice) to sue the government over allowing TimberWest to build a logging road through the Park.
- Successfully pressuring Minister of Parks, Joyce Murray, to reject a proposal to siphon water from lakes in the wilderness to provide additional power to the mine and to connect the mine to BC Hydro’s power grid.
- Lobbying to turn down a proposal to run a private horse guiding operation in the Bedwell Valley.
Over the years Friends members have contributed to the creation of the Master Plan for the Park, and have met a number of times with various Parks Ministers to lobby for park protection.
The Friends continue to meet and work with Parks officials, and engage in political action to fulfill the mandate of preserving and protecting Strathcona Park.