BC Marine Trails has two guiding principles to lead the Caring for our Trails program:
The environment: "We value the ecologically diverse environment of coastal British Columbia and efforts to protect it."
And stewardship: "We value responsible stewardship practices that benefit the ecologically diverse environment of the British Columbia coast."
Together those are reflected in the stewardship programs BCMT is creating to care for our coast and our marine trail sites. Key programs are outlined in the tabs above, and include:
- Site Maintenance: Site Condition Reporting is one way you can help keep BCMT aware of issues that require addressing on the sites we look after and maintain. You can find the Site Condition Reporting link on our Reporting page.
- Major cleanups: Invasive species clearing and West Coast debris removal are annual projects we host or collaborate on. We are clearing Gerald Island of invasive ivy to protect the natural ecology. We work with other organizations like Rugged Coast to remove debris from the wildest and most remote areas of our BC coast.
- Our Environmental Care Program - We are setting a new standard for environmental care through our Marine Code of Conduct to guide users with sustainable recreation behaviours.
- How can you help!
- Complete a Site Condition Report (select on the Reporting page)
- Adopt our Marine Trails Code of Conduct
- Participate in our BCMT-WOW (World Oceans Week) Challenge
- Lead by example (GCSC-How to register a cleanup). Pack a bag and a pair of gloves for collecting debris each time you paddle.
- You can also participate in our 50 50 Draw, Speaker Series (May 22 Coast Salish cooking - see events), and Trailblazer program (for BCMT leaders; coming May 1).
- Click a tab above to read more.