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

Caring for the Trails

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.  

Site Condition Reporting:

One of the principal ways a BCMTNA member, paddling club member or the public can assist us with maintaining sites along our trails and along the BC coastline is to fill out a form (visit our Site Condition Reporting Page for more information).

This is the list of sites along our marine trails (or trails under development) that need site condition reports: list (to be included here shortly).

BCMTNA Values:

  • Preserve recreational values to the BC coastline (paddling, scenery and wildlife viewing, camping, hiking, etc.);

  • Preserve coastal environmental values and promote Leave No Trace® ethics (http://www.leavenotrace.ca/home );

  • Assist in encouraging economic growth within First Nations and other small coastal communities while also assisting in preserving the integrity of these communities and First Nations traditional lands (Leave No Trace® ethics)

Caring for the Trails:

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. 

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.

Recreation Sites and Trails Management

BCMTNA aims to assist RSTBC with maintaining or developing recreation sites and trails within the Marine Trails Network area along coastal BC, and in accordance with RSTBC’s established principles and standards for planning, designing and construction activities, as outlined in chapters 9 and 10 of RSTBC’s Recreation Manual.

Wildlife Safety and Ethics Promotion

BCMTNA aims to promote RSTBC’s wildlife safety and ethics standards, as well as the rules and regulations of use of BC’s Recreation Sites and Trails.   

 

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