The BC Marine Trails Network is continuing its care for the coast with another major cleanup planned for the North Brooks region in June.
It will be the BC Marine Trails' first major coastal cleanup for 2016, adding to a second week-long campaign focussed on the Discovery Islands north of Campbell River and Powell River that is set to take place in July.
The work is part of the marine trail's Stewardship program, which oversees site maintenance, improvements and cleanups of the marine trail, plus advocates Leave No Trace principles as part of its educational programs.
The cleanup is planned as a week-long affair, and follows on the success of a cleanup in that area in 2015 that removed 3.77 tonnes of garbage.
That cleanup was focussed on the south entrance of Quatsino Sound near Restless Bight extending as far as Kwakiutl Point.
The 2016 cleanup will continue from there southward into Side Bay and north Brooks Peninsula between Lawn Point and Crabapple Islets, two major kayaking destinations in the region.
It will also include Heater Point, another key BC Marine Trails site.
The work will take place June 14-21, and involve as many as 18 volunteers working in three teams.
"So we just drive up to the launches, one at Side Bay and one at Klatsino, and we paddle out to the sites from there are do the manual cleanup, gather the debris and hopefully by that time the 'garbarge' will be there," says cleanup organizer Reale Edmond.
The 'garbarge' is a barge being organized for the express purpose of coastal cleanups by the Vancouver island Marine Debris Management Group, a working body of the tsunami coastal cleanup project spearheaded by the Vancouver Aquarium.
Last year's cleanup cleared 3.77 tonnes, and Edmond hopes for about the same again this year. She and a small group did a preliminary inventory of the garbage in the region by paddling through the area this March.
"We saw a lot of debris but it's hard to tell exactly how much until you get in there into the uplands and everything. However, it is a bigger area I think to cover so there might be more than last year," Edmond says.
The main cleanup will be focussed around the three main kayaking campsites.
"If we have time we will go into Klaskish Inlet and see if there is anything there, as well as Keith River," she says.
Photo: A cave at Heater Point, one of the targeted cleanup locations in the June cleanup at North Brooks.