- Site Maintenance
- Invasive species
- Site Condition Reporting
- Environmental Program
- Plastics cleanup
- Past work
- Future work
The central vision of the BC Marine Trails is to link the entire B.C. coastline through marine routes and land sites for safe and sustainable water-based public recreation. The Caring for our trails program has several key components: site maintenance (helping maintain our recreation sites), Environmental Care Program, invasive species removal (i.e. Gerald Island), Site Condition Reporting, and a West Coast Plastics clean up.
The BC Marine Trails this year worked with the Comox Valley Paddlers at five recreation sites. The first trip involved both Styrofoam/debris removal and assessment of Danger Trees. This assessment also includes examining the trees for important wildlife.
The BCMT has made a cause of removing invasive species on one provincial park, Gerald Island, to remove English Ivy. This will help protect the Coastal Wood Fern, a blue-listed species, and other plant species. The English Ivy introduced by a pioneer family occupies the southwest end of Gerald Island. We have conducted removal of the ivy for three years.
We are slowly building up partnerships with this particular effort and hope through discussions and engagement with First Nations, as well as with a biologist to establish best practices. The partnerships may include students from Vancouver Island University helping with the invasive species removal. Please see our report for April 2019 on this Spring’s clean up.
The burning of the ivy was recommended by other environmental organizations. Also, due to its weight and volume it couldn't be easily moved to a landfill, where it would be burnt. Gerald Island is on the Salish Sea Marine Trail.
Site Condition Reporting
Find the SCR form here to report on site conditions. On one of your BC coastal adventures be our Eyes and Ears and fill in a Site Condtion Report. Fill the form above or visit our Site Condition Reporting Page for more information. We maintain a list of sites that need a Site Condition Report or light maintenance. This is our current list.
We normally sponsor a contest annually for Site Condition Reporting but we cancelled this contest during the COVID-19 pandemic. Site Condition Reports also assist the BCMT in finding plastics concentrations.
The BCMT researched and developed a comprehensive Environmental Care Program in 2019/early 2020 which will be implemented over the next two or three years.
Marine Code of Conduct: In 2019 and 2020 a marine Code of Conduct was developed by John Kimantas and a team of BC Marine Trails volunteers. Hundreds of hours of staff and volunteer hours helped bring this important piece of work forward. Until September 2020 the Code will be peer reviewed. Please go to our contact page and leave a message if you are interested in participating. We are getting wide participation from universities, paddling clubs, individuals and organizations.
- Site Environment Public Education Program: Depending on funding we hope to develop a public education program based on the research completed in 2019-2020.
Plastics cleanupThis program was not implemented this year. We may either conduct our own West Coast Plastics clean up in 2021 or partner with another organization and send volunteers to a chosen site. Read our Facebook page or newsletter for recent information.
BC Marine Trails is a volunteer run organization. Adopting a good volunteer strategy that is proactive in recruitment, engages and retains volunteers, clearly identifies their roles and responsibilities, supports and recognizes their achievements is key to maintaining a consistent and effective operation. This application recognizes the importance of organizing and training volunteers. It does so through a BCMT Standards of Practice.
We organize clean ups, invasive species removal and some maintenance trips. These trips require a fair amount of organization, generally in the Spring, and are subject to change due to weather, availability of trip leaders, and other requirements.
We will send you a volunteer application if you would like to volunteer. It's best to go to our volunteer page to see where and when we need volunteers.
Past workSummaries and past photos can be found here.
Future workStewardship committee plans for 2020:
- Surfers Beach West Coast Vancouver clean up - cancelled until 2021
- Invasive species removal Gerald Island - Fall 2020
- Maintenance in Discovery Island - camping, maintenance - Spring and Summer 2020
- Site Condition Reporting contest (cancelled due to COVID-19)
- peer review of the marine Code of Conduct