October 2011
20

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Resource Road Act Project

written by Peter Winter

From the Outdoor Recreation Council:
Do you use B.C.’s resource roads for work, recreation, or do you live in or visit rural communities that use resource roads? If so, help the Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations serve you better by contributing to the Natural Resource Road Act Project (NRRA) to improve resource road laws and regulation for the benefit of all users. Comments are invited on a DISCUSSION PAPER that will help build the foundation for the NRRA. The principles and proposed policy framework presented in this discussion paper are the starting point for a single, streamlined law that applies to the construction, maintenance, use and deactivation of all resource roads in B.C. For further information about this opportunity to help shape how we manage resource roads in BC, please visit the project website at http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/mof/nrra/index.htm And for a News Release concerning this announcement follow this link: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2011/10/simplified-resource-road-rules-benefit-industry-users.html We have been advised that MFLNRO may seek input from stakeholder working groups once the initial comment period is complete.

Gimli Beach Food Locker

for Kootenays

written by Doug Brown

Anyone who has spent a night at Gimli "Beach" bivi site knows that the local snafflehound population will stop at nothing to get your food - and there are even reports of them carrying off small children left unattended.

Last summer the Access Society contacted BC Parks to request a secure food storage locker at the Beach, and this September, a snafflehound-proof food locker was installed about 60 m south of the "beach" and about 45 m south of the "biffy" - it is bolted to a large boulder.

No more fighting with those blasted rodents!

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August 2011
11

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Applebee clear

for Bugaboo Provincial Park

written by Peter Winter

Latest reports are that Applebee is clear of snow and the spires are in good condition. Parties have been up the Beckey-Chouinard, however the Howsers are still looking a bit "snowy".

July 2011
25

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CASBC awarded $14,000 grant

written by Peter Winter

CASBC has been awarded $14,000 from the BC Conservation Foundation’s community legacy program in partnership with BC Parks. Four research projects will be conducted in six BC Parks sites in order to address waste management systems employed in BC Parks, and to test a variety of environments and challenges. Research results will be shared amongst all agencies participating in this project, thereby building knowledge and capacity.

Human waste management in most remote climber access areas is fossil fuel intensive and thus unsustainable. Suposedly 'green' composting toilets are proving to be dysfunctional, producing material that is far from safe compost. This research grant to CASBC builds upon previous research completed in climbing and hiking areas such as Skaha, Bugaboos, Yoho, and area in Alberta, Washington, and California by testing alternative solutions including modifications to dysfunctional compost toilets with the addition of earthworms (vermi-culture) and a renovation of the helicopter fly-out-barrel to house more worms. Both of these waste management strategies utilize urine diversion, which on its own can reduce toxic excrement mass by 60% (urine is generally sterile and a beneficial fertilizer for plant growth). Urine diversion is popular in Europe and in some places is replacing fossil fuel derived fertilizer for agriculture. Both vermiculture and urine diversion is used at toilets in Chamonix with great success even at high elevations with cold annual temperatures. Four research projects will be conducted in six BC Parks sites in order to address each type of waste management system employed in BC Parks, and to test a variety of environments and challenges. Research results will be shared amongst all agencies participating in this project, thereby building knowledge and capacity.

Falcon closure lifted

for Chief

written by Peter Winter

Effective immediately the falcon closure has been lifted by BC Parks

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