June 2011
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Squamish Cougar Warning

for Squamish

written by Eric Goodwin

A cougar knocked a mountain biker off their bike in Crumpit Woods by Squamish this past weekend. Please take care and climb in groups if you're climbing around Fern Hill or the Sanctuary.
http://bit.ly/crumpitcougar

May 2011
27

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Community Legacy Program

written by Peter Winter

As part of BC Parks’ centenary celebrations, we are proud to announce the Community Legacy Program. This new initiative offers opportunities for registered not-for-profit societies, CHARITIES, First Nations Governments, Bands or Tribal Councils, local governments, schools, School Districts and post secondary institutions to apply for project funding of up to $20,000 to carry out improvements and enhancements to BC Parks in 2011.

Projects may include educational facilities and signs, trail building and enhancements, infrastructure to support recreational activities, conservation and restoration projects, and upgrades that make Parks more accessible to a variety of users.

This program provides a unique opportunity for British Columbians to share in the stewardship of BC Parks, and to leave a lasting legacy in our cherished parks and protected areas. BC Parks is looking forward to a variety of exciting community projects taking place in parks and protected areas across the province.

Further detailed information, about the Community Legacy Program, is available on the BC Conservation Foundation's website.

Chek Partnership Agreement

for Chek

written by Peter Winter

Located a 20 minute drive north of Squamish, Chek is one of the busiest climbing areas in BC. It is predominantly a sport climbing area and includes over 100 routes, some of which are the hardest in the province.
Within the last year, after lobbying by us and the Squamish Access Society, Chek was given Designated Recreation Site status by the Provincial Government. The next step was to take some “ownership” of the area by the people who use it the most-the climbers. Last week, we signed a Partnership Agreement with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources -Recreation Sites and Trails Branch to manage the Chek climbing area north of Squamish. With this partnership agreement, there will be funding from the ministry to provide new outhouses and other infrastructure that we believe is required. In return we and the Squamish Access Society will be expected to watch over the area and make sure it is kept in a reasonable state for it’s users. This is a win-win for all parties and we be looking at other areas in BC that could benefit from such an agreement. If you frequent the area and have suggestions for improvements please let us know.

Chief Falcon Route Closures

for Chief

written by Peter Winter

Europa/Crap Crags above pitch 3
• Millennium Falcon pitches 4-10
• Lower Black Dyke above pitch 2
• The Gauntlet above pitch 3
• Negro Lesbian
• Zorroʼs Last Ride
Closed until July 31, 2011
or until posted otherwise.
Please report falcon sightings to
BC Parks at
604.898.3678 ext.2232

Effective immediately, parking fees in all BC Parks are eliminated.

for Lower Mainland

written by Peter Winter

The Provincial Government has eliminated parking fees in all BC Parks.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/fees/parking.html

While this is welcome news, our Provincial Government needs to take a close look at it's Parks in terms of infrastructure, staffing and budget, all of which have been severly reduced in the last number of years.

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