September 2010
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Upper Malamute saved

for Malamute [issues]

written by Peter Winter

B.C. ACQUIRES LAND NEAR RENOWNED ROCK CLIMBING SITE

SQUAMISH – The B.C. government has reached an agreement to acquire almost 10 hectares of land adjacent to Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, West Vancouver-Sea-to-Sky MLA Joan McIntyre announced today.

“This is an important piece of land to the community,” said McIntyre. “Thanks to the excellent work of BC Parks and our partners, we’re protecting important wildlife habitat and recreation features, as well as the extraordinary views of Howe Sound and the Squamish River estuary for residents and visitors.”

The land, valued at $1.66 million and located on the west side of Highway 99 across from Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, is an important access point for rock climbers and provides good falcon nesting habitat.

The parcel was acquired from Malamute Holdings Ltd., a private development company, through a land exchange involving provincial Crown lands valued at $1.25 million, a $333,000 gift from Malamute Holdings Ltd. through Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program, and $81,000 from the B.C. government.

“Malamute Holdings Ltd. was pleased to work with the provincial government to complete this transaction and protect the conservation and recreation values of this site,” said Steve Miles and Paul Turner, principals of Malamute Holdings.

Legislation will be introduced by Environment Minister Barry Penner in 2011 to add these lands to the provincial park following First Nation consultations. The Stawamus Chief holds significant spiritual, historical and cultural values for the people of the Squamish Nation and is a rock climbing area of international significance.

“This is a local success story about working together to sustain healthy and dynamic outdoor spaces,” said Penner. “The Land Conservancy of British Columbia got the ball rolling on this land acquisition. Since then, with the persistent encouragement of MLA Joan McIntyre, the provincial government, and the private firm have worked together to find a way to protect this important site for future addition to the park.”

With the addition, Stawamus Chief Provincial Park will span 526 hectares.

“The District of Squamish is pleased we were able to help deliver a significant recreational amenity and natural gateway to our community into the public trust,” said Mayor Greg Gardner. “The addition of the Malamute lands to the provincial park will help foster a legacy of Squamish as a climbing destination and the outdoor recreation capital of Canada for generations to come.”

The B.C. government has invested more than $107 million over the past five years to improve park infrastructure and acquire additional parkland. Today, 14.27 per cent – 13.5 million hectares – of British Columbia is protected, more than any other province in Canada.

Since 2001, the B.C. government has established 65 new parks, 144 conservancies, two ecological reserves and nine protected areas, and expanded more than 60 parks and six ecological reserves, protecting more than 1.9 million hectares of additional land.

August 2010
27

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East Creek Improvements

for Kootenays

written by Peter Winter

On August 15th, the Friends of Bugaboo Park installed a toilet similar to those previously installed by the FOBP at the Bugaboo-Snowpatch Col and West Ridge of Pigeon, near the traditional site of the East Creek bivy in the Bugaboos.
There has been a steady increase in use of this area over the years and it was showing signs of serious human waste issues. The site is outside of the Bugaboo Glacier Provincial Park and has now been designated a Recreation Site in order to officially be able to install the toilet. We would like to thank Canadian Mountain Holidays, Arc’teryx, The Alpine Club of Canada and BC Parks for their help and support on this project.

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July 2010
28

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Skaha Bluffs is now a BC Park

for Okanagan

written by Peter Winter

From www.skaha.org:

Skaha Bluffs is now a BC Park
July 18, 2010

A bit of important news from BC Parks that crept under the skaha.org radar....

At an initial size of 179 hectares, the new Skaha Bluffs Park (brought into force on April 21, 2010) protects a popular climbing area and important wildlife habitat. Land within the provincial park falls under the jurisdiction of BC Parks and provisions of the Park Act and its regulations apply.

Legislation outlining the expansion of Skaha Bluffs Park was introduced via Bill 15 on April 28th, 2010, but to date the park addition has not yet been put into force. The park will be expanded by 310 hectares as a result of two private land acquisitions and the addition of a small Crown parcel.

Sublot 18, comprising approximately 307 hectares, was purchased through a collaborative effort by the Ministry of Environment, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, The Land Conservancy of BC, the BC Trust for Public Lands, and through the contributions of numerous individuals, groups and agencies. It consists of a variety of distinctive terrain features, including steep cliffs, riparian areas, grassland and open forest, which function together to provide habitat for many provincially or federally listed species at risk, including bighorn sheep, western rattlesnake and western screech owl. The total area of the park will be 489 hectares. Currently, the 310 hectare addition is administered by the partners on title (i.e., the Nature Conservancy, The Land Conservancy of BC, and the Ministry of Environment). Enforcement, compliance and daily operations are managed by BC Parks.

Adopt-a-Crag - Crossover Pass trail work

for Mount Slesse

written by Jeremy Frimer

On the weekend of July 24-25, 2010, a CASBC Adopt-a-Crag crew worked on a trail that would offer a far better descent off Slesse, via Crossover Pass. Over the two days, the crew of 9 improved a bushy flagged route from just before the memorial to the base of the scree cone below Crossover Pass. The trail now offers the most logical and pleasant route off Slesse, has water, and takes on straight back to the carpark. Thanks to everyone who came out and made this a resounding success. And thanks to CASBC for supporting the event.

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Trail Day Success

for Squamish

written by Peter Winter

On Saturday over 30 volunteers sacrificied their climbing day with some hard work at the base of the Chief. Work was done on the Apron decent trail, Apron-GrandWall connector trail, GrandWall-Bulletheads connector trail as well as trail/boulder maintenance in the bouldering areas. Special thanks to the Squamish Access Society, and ArcTeryx. There were great prizes from: Valhalla Pure, Petzl, Black Diamond, MEC, Metolius, Cascade Designs, and great coffee from Bean Around the World. Some footage is available at:
http://www.youtube.com/user/ClimbForChangeClips#p/a/51F0E1FA6626E431/0/MlY1TzUak8M

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