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BC Marine Trails: Preserving BC coastal access for small craft users.

What is the size of your footprint when you visit a BC Marine Trails site? It may be larger than you think.

A lot of the harmful behaviour by recreational users of the coast is unintended -- people aren't always aware of the effect of what they're doing.

An example is picnicking on a beautiful little coastal bluff. A variety of highly rare and endangered plants and wildflowers make their home on these bluffs, which are easily denuded of the thin soil cover by trampling. The result is the potential death of an entire ecosystem.

The BCMTNA has long been an advocate, supporter and trainer of Leave No Trace principles. Now the BCMTNA is taking that support a step further by creating a Code of Conduct for marine trail users to ensure that no-trace camping is not only practiced in thought, it is practiced in fact.

The BCMTNA will be working through the next year to accumulate information and ideas on best-practices for visits to coastal locations so that all values are protected by correct behaviour -- from cultural and historic values to how miscroscopic life may be impacted to how nesting seabirds could be affected.

The result will be a core Code of Conduct that marine trail users will be required to abide by to ensure sustainable use of marine trail sites.

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