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

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Introduction:

BCMTNA aims to promote and protect the coastal marine environment through education and active stewardship. We advocate Leave No Trace practice among our membership and the broader public, and educate the public on the safe and responsible use of public lands.  

How to participate:

Site Condition Reports

  1. On one of your BC coastal adventures be our Eyes and Ears and fill in a Site Condtion Report. Find the form here. Or visit our Site Condition Reporting Page for more information).
  2. Each fall we update a list of sites that need a Site Condition Report or light maintenance. This is our current list

Site Stewardship: Clean ups, Invasive Species removal and Maintenance

  1. 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.
    1. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator and get placed on a site steward list. This is an informal list of people with interest in clean ups, invasive species removal and maintenance work. OUr current volunteer coordinator is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She will notify you ahead of a scheduled event.
    2. Periodically, check our Events page. We schedule clean ups through this page.

BCMTNA Environmental Values:

Environmental:

  • We value the ecologically diverse environment of coastal British Columbia and efforts to protect it.

Caring for the Coast:

  • We value responsible stewardship practices that benefit the ecologically diverse environment of the BC coast.

Caring for our Trails' History:

The BCMTNA encourages users to help care for the trails by providing stewardship opportunities using ‘Leave no Trace’ principles.

  • In 2015 & 2016, the BCMTNA conducted successful large scale shoreline clean ups in Quatsino Sound and Brooks Bay.
  • In 2016, the BCMTNA conducted a successful large clean up of Chained Islands, led by current stewardship chair, Roxanne.
  • Our Stewardship Committee is our largest volunteer group and stewardship activities such as these cleanups, along with LNT education and awareness, are quickly becoming the primary outreach activities. Users are encouraged to fill out and submit ‘Site Condition Reports (SCRs)’ which help pinpoint trouble spots for site cleanups and remediation. 
  • In 2017 we worked twice at Topknot Point cleaning up debris (several tote bags); and cleaned up English Ivy from Gerald Island Provincial Park
  • In 2018 we conducted clean ups in Side Bay and Keith River areas and inspected the Restless Bight area in a reconnaissance/minor clean up. We returned to Crabapple Islets at North Brooks. In total 0.91 tonnes were removed.
  • In mid-September 2018 we visited Gerald Island Provincial Park to remove invasive English Ivy. We are protecting a rare coastal wood fern and other native species in this park.

The BCMTNA is also pursuing partnership agreements with RSTBC and BC Parks for assistance in needed upgrades and cleanups in certain areas.

BCMTNA - Recreation Sites and Trails BC Partnership and Cooperative Activities

It is our goal to work cooperatively with Recreation Sites and Trails BC to ensure user safety, provide sanitary conditions, protect the environment, ensure access and convenience, and maintain facilities and infrastructure on Recreation Sites along BCMTNA’s marine trail network. The BCMTNA has been developing recreation campsites and conducts clean ups during operational work.


 

 

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