The Federation of Mountain Clubs
of British Columbia
February 2023 NEWSLETTER
A well-deserved award for FMCBC Director, Dave King
Recognition of Dave's 48 years of service to the citizens of Prince George will be celebrated on March 8th with a formal presentation of his award, fireside chat, and reception. Congratulations on your Citizen of the Year – Lifetime Achievement Award, Dave!
On January 29th, FMCBC President, Liz Bicknell, and FMCBC staff, Tori Escallier participated in a showing of the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival at the University of Victoria.
The event was sponsored by the Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Island section and brought together outdoor enthusiasts and organizations.
We look forward to more partner events and community building – together, we are stronger!
2023 Member Club Grants
Our next round of Member Club Grants is just around the corner! The 2023 application window will open on April 1st.
Our annual Member Club Grants support club-initiated projects around the province including trail upgrades, backcountry huts, equipment, community events and so much more.
Want to donate to the Member Club Grant fund and have a direct, positive impact on the quality of outdoor recreation in BC? You can make a donation and a tax receipt will be automatically issued. Thank you for your support!
Show off your local trails! FMCBC Annual General Meeting - Spring 2023
We are ramping up for our in-person 2023 Annual General Meeting! It's been a while since we've shared some food and drink, invigorating hikes, and face-to-face planning for the future of the FMCBC.
If your club is interested in sponsoring our next AGM and would like to know what is required, please email us. We'd love to join you on your local trails and continue to build our backcountry advocacy network!
VIMFF 2023 ONLINE FILM PASS
The VIMFF 2023 Online Film Pass gives you access to a curated selection of 68 mountain films about snowsports, climbing, biking, mountain culture, the environment and more. Available worldwide.
Screening dates are Friday February 24 – Sunday March 26, 2023.
Impact of Forest Practices on Water Quality near Avola, BC
Complainants are concerned that planned harvesting by BCTS will cause landslides and that road construction has impacted their drinking water and damaged their licensed waterworks. The Board considered whether BCTS complied with FRPA’s requirements regarding landslides, fish habitat, drinking water, and licensed waterworks. Full report here.
2023 Minister’s Round Table on Parks Canada
You are invited to participate in a national dialogue on national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas.
The Minister’s Round Table on Parks Canada will focus on five main themes:
- Strengthening Accessibility: Ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to meaningfully experience national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas.
- Indigenous Stewardship of Protected Heritage Places: Advancing Indigenous leadership in natural and cultural heritage conservation.
- Ecological Corridors: Connecting protected and conserved places in ways that incorporate Indigenous knowledge.
- Parks Canada and Tourism: Parks Canada’s role in Canada’s dynamic tourism sector.
- Greening Parks Canada: Achieving net zero emissions in Parks Canada operations.
Share your thoughts on these key topics from January 30 to February 13, by visiting www.LetsTalkParksCanada.ca.
FREE WEBINARS from Americal Trail –
An Equitable Approach to Trail Development: Circuit Trails Gap Analysis
February 23, 2023, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Pacific Time)
In this webinar, Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) coworkers and co-creators of the Circuit Trails Gap Analysis will provide an introduction to the genesis, development, and implementation of the Gap Analysis, including a look at their online mapping portal and recent real-world case studies.
Cultural Landscape Training Framework
February 16, 2023, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Pacific Time)
This webinar will provide an exclusive first walk-through of the Cultural Landscape Training Framework showcasing how outdoor professionals can embrace multiple perspectives of the Indigenous landscapes they work on.
Parks Canada Camping Reservations Moving to New Site
The look and feel will be different, but the features and functions will be similar. As of March 3, you’ll need to create a new account, even if you’ve used the system before.
PRPAWS name change: Welcome qPaws!
With respect to the Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society (PRPAWS) founders, and 30+ year members who created the society and the world renowned Sunshine Coast Trail (SCT), the formerly PRPAWS is announcing their name change to qPAWS.
Canadian Avalance Association 2023 Board Elections—Call for Candidates
There will be seven openings on the CAA's Board of Directors at this year's AGM in May. Are you an Avalanche Professional or Avalanche Practitioner interested in joining the board? If so, please express your interest to the Governance Committee. Interested candidates will be asked to complete an application form providing information that will be sent out to members in advance of the AGM.
How Indigenous Peoples are leading the way on global biodiversity protection- Canadian Geographic (January 16, 2023)
Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho national parks getting $71M in upgrades - Global News (January 23, 2023)
Blueberry River First Nation eyes restoration, limited development in land agreement with B.C. - Vancouver Sun (January 18, 2023)
B.C. government announces new conservancy to protect rare ecosystems near Revelstoke - Global News (January 27, 2023)
First Nation declares protected area in northern B.C.'s Taku River watershed - CBC News (January 24, 2023)
ATV groups push back on Fraser Valley gondola project as it awaits government approval - CBC News (January 18, 2023)
Northern BC RV & Outdoor Expo - CKPG Today (February 8, 2023)
Lost in the woods? Stay put and call 911, says B.C. Search and Rescue - Global News (January 25, 2023)
Why some people in B.C. live with wolves — even as advocates caution against it - CBC Radio (February 8, 2023)
Plan sees McKee Peak area as ‘outdoor adventure hub’ in Abbotsford - The Abbotsford News (February 7, 2023)
Step up to support outdoor recreation in BC!
We are seeking volunteers with expertise in insurance for our Risk Management Committee and general members for our Trails Committee.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our online form to tell us about yourself.
We look forward to hearing from you!
In this issue:
• Biking Vancouver Island and the Kinsol Trestle •
• The historically notable Swiss Edelweiss Village •
• A tribute to Jay MacArthur – Outdoors advocate •
Want to share your adventure? Shed some light on a backcountry issue? Educate others? Show off your favourite photos? Tell others about that great book you read? We want to hear all about it!
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