Conservation Goals of SKABC
SKABC promotes the conservation of our coastal resources. Our conservation goals are to:
- Promote sound ecological practices by our members and awareness of the impact of our activities on our surroundings.
- Provide information to members to enhance their appreciation of the marine environment.
- Provide input to governments when they formulate environmental, legal or other policies that affect access to or the ecological sustainability of the marine environment.
- Advocate for the protection of existing marine protected areas and for the creation of additional protected areas to ensure the sustainability of BC's unique marine ecosystems.
We provide information and promote ecological practices through our News posts, forum and teaching best practices for low impact camping and wild life viewing.
Howe Sound Stewardship Initiative
Six new recreation sites were established in Howe Sound in 2015. These campsites are only accessible by boat and provide a vital link between the Lower Mainland, Squamish, and the Sunshine Coast. They were developed jointly by the BC Marine Trails Network Association and the Trans Canada Trail Foundation with the assistance of the Squamish First Nation, local Regional Districts and municipalities and Recreational Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC), a branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
In the Spring of 2017, SKABC entered into a formal partnership agreement with RSTBC to look after maintenance of the sites at:
- Ramillies Channel
- Bain Creek
- Thornbrough Channel
- Islet View
- Zorro Bay
- Tantalus Landing
(map at https://www.bcmarinetrails.org/map)
The club’s involvement started in 2015. Work has involved have re-positioning boulders to make boat runs, brushing and levelling tent pads, putting in steps up steep banks to facilitate access, adding signage, building short trails, removing hazard trees, installing bear-proof food cache boxes, stringing up bear cache wires. In addition, maintenance trips starting in 2017 have picked up garbage left behind by thoughtless visitors and clearing away unwanted and poorly placed unofficial fire rings.
SKABC's future plans include installing low maintenance, composting toilets, improved and additional tent pads and adding picnic tables. Access trails will be improved, too. Kayak 'parking' on land will be addressed at those sites where there is inadequate beach space. Each site will have a user log book for gathering statistical user data and to give site visitors an opportunity to make suggestions, whether for physical improvements or for improving the way that the site is managed. In addition, our Howe Sound Steward accepts emails at firstname.lastname@example.org. We expect some visitors will send in comments using their smartphones while they are still at a site.
To maintain these sites, SKABC volunteers will visit each site at least twice annually, at the start (May) and at the end (October) of the main camping season. These visits will generally be by power boat or water taxi, so those ongoing expenses that our club will incur will need to be covered from the club's resources. No camping fees are currently envisaged for use of these sites.
SKABC is accepting donations to fund future improvements and maintenance to the Howe Sound campsites.
BC Marine Trails Network Association
SKABC was a founding member of BC Marine Trails Network Association, an organization dedicated to the creation of a marine network of access points and campsites along the coastline of British Columbia.
Over the years, SKABC has supported the BC Marine Trails Network Association with financial donations and many volunteer hours. In 2016 BCMTNA gained charitable status and is able to give receipts for donations, bequests etc that are recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency and offset some taxes.
Visit BC Marine Trails Network Association to learn more and how you can get involved, and check our News page for updates. Their map of access points and campsites is a great resource when planning your next kayak trip.
Here are some links and events recommended by the club conservation officer: