The Federation of Mountain Clubs
of British Columbia




Our Budget 2020 submission

In late June, we submitted our thoughts on Budget 2020 to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Governnment Services.

We asked that there be a substantial increase to BC Parks’ budget to enable BC Parks to carry out its mandate and to respond to the pressures faced by our provincial parks system.

We also requested a substantial increase in funding for Recreation Sites and Trails BC commensurate with its mandate, which will permit RSTBC to respond proactively to the increased demands for recreational opportunities, to manage current recreational sites and trails on Crown land outside provincial parks, and to maintain roads which provide much needed access to important trail networks and recreation areas.

Read our submission here.


Our submission to the Forest and Range Practices Act public consultation

The provincial government recently invited all British Columbians to offer their perspectives on amendments to the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA), which governs the sustainable management of BC's forest and range resources. The management of these lands affects us all, so this was an important opportunity to share our thoughts and advocate for a sustainable and accessible British Columbia.

You can read our submission here, which highlights the right of public access to all Crown land and the protection of trails during logging operations.

For more insights on the future of FRPA, check out these other submissions from the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC and the Trails Society of BC.


Another Right to Roam victory in British Columbia

Last December, the BC Supreme Court sided with the rights of the public to access lakes in the Nicola region of the province—and the long-standing dispute between the Nicola Valley Fish & Game Club and the Douglas Lake Cattle Company concluded with the Club winning the case and costs. Now, the BC Supreme Court has ruled that the BC government and the Douglas Lake Cattle company will split the Club's court costs—said to be more than $350,000. Read the article here, and learn more about Right to Roam in BC on our website.


Mountain Matters

Squamish River Valley Strategic Recreation Management Plan

Now that the survey is over, are you wondering what's next in the development of the Squamish River Valley Strategic Recreation Management Plan? Recreation Sites and Trails BC has been busy rolling up all of the survey responses and isn't currently seeking public input. But in the meantime, you can look over all of the project details, from background info and goals to action items and deliverables, as well as a project overview map.


In the News


The Mountain Guides Ball is an annual gala event of The Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) that brings together the mountain community to celebrate mountain culture and raise money for the ACC’s Environment Fund. And this year, Coast Mountain ski explorer, mountaineer and author John Baldwin was named Patron of the 2019 Mountain Guides Ball and will be honoured for his contribution to the mountain community.

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey has launched on Amazon Prime and is streaming free for members!

Although wildfire activity remains low across BC due to cool conditions and rainfall (knock on wood), please continue to take all precautions to prevent human-caused wildfires.

A new report from CPAWS says the federal government must commit to much more ambitious targets to protect the country's land and water if it's to have a chance of staving off a "nature emergency."

The BC Government has released a summary of the first phase of engagement on the update to the Fort St. John Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP). Future opportunities for public feedback will be available later on in the update process.

Volunteers needed! The Strathcona Wilderness Institute will be hosting BC Parks Accessibility Day on Aug 4th, from 10 AM to 4 PM in Paradise Meadows. If you're interested in helping out, they need folks to sherpa the TrailRider and make this day a success for participating visitors with ability problems. More details.

Some great news from the Vancouver Island Trail Association! The opening of the southern leg of the Vancouver Island Trail is a major milestone for the project. Only 140 kilometres of trail, all sitting in private land owned by two forest companies, remain to be added. When completed, the trail will stretch the length of Vancouver Island—770 kilometres from Victoria to Cape Scott!


Feature Photo Credit

Thanks to Darcy Stanyer of the Chetwynd Outdoors Society for this month's feature photo. The picture is from a Chetwynd Outdoors Society hike to Howling Wolves Peak in the Northern Rockies, approximately 45 minutes southwest of Chetwynd.

Want to know more? Follow the Chetwynd Outdoors Society's Facebook group or check out their website.


Click here to view our Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Cloudburst.

Use our online form to report motorized recreation observed within BC Park boundaries.

Visit Canada Helps to make a donation to the FMCBC. All donations go towards our Member Club Grant Program

The FMCBC is always looking for volunteers. Click here to find out how you can get involved.

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As always, the FMCBC would like to thank Mountain Equipment Co-op for supporting the FMCBC through their generous contribution of office space from which to base our administration.

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