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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.  

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). You will find the list of sites needing reporting on the Site Condition Report webpage,

Overview of Our Site Steward Program

1. Site Condition Reporting: We are asking for Site Stewards or the public to be the eyes and ears of the coast by filling in and sending a Site Condition Report to us. We keep a list of names on an informal Site Steward Team - these volunteers are generally notifed early about upcoming clean ups, maintenance of sites, or invasive species removal. Please contact Karen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to be listed on this team.

  • View our priority and alternate list here
  • Many sites on the Cape Scott Marine Trail and some in the Discovery Islands (near Quadra Island) require Site Condition Reports.
  • We appreciate volunteers performing SCRs during their travels on any sites that they see need attention, whether they are posted or not
  • Quick Site Condition Form - this form is designed with Smartphones in mind.

2. Beach clean ups - We have some clean ups planned in 2018. Sign up to our Site Steward team (no obligation except you are notified first about clean ups which have limited participation). To join the Site Steward team e-mail Karen at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BCMTNA 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 have a trip planned to 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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