Changes to the Maintenance of Recreation Sites and Trails
Jun 3, 2002
[i]The following letter was sent to attendees of a recent meeting with the Ministry of Forests:[/i]
June 3, 2002
Thank you for attending the meeting on May 15, 2002, to discuss changes in the way
forest roads and recreation sites and trails will be managed in the future. Enclosed are
the meeting minutes and the overheads presented.
As discussed at the meeting, the Ministry of Forests (MOF) is committeed to the following:
- while gradually phasing out MOF maintenance of forest recreation sites and trails
by March 31, 2004, recreation sites and trails will not be dismantled or privatized
and will continue to be available for the public to enjoy. Recreation sites and trails
will remain open to the public, and only close if there is a significant public safety hazard;
- searching for other partners, such as community groups, recreation user groups,
forest companies, First Nations, regional districts, and other parties to take over
the management and maintenance of recreation sites and trails;
- managing as many recreation sites and trails in 2002 as possible, in the hope
of encouraging partners to take over the future management of these areas.
Because some recreation sites and trails will not be maintained, campers and trail
users are encouraged to respect the forest environment and only build fires in
fire rings and pack out whatever garbage they pack in;
- posting a list of managed and unmanaged sites and trails on the ministry's website
and making copies available at MOF offices;
- developing a long term strategy for transferring the responsibility for managing
sites and trails to other parties, consisting of the following components:
- terms & conditions of agreements,
- agency or government responsible for administering agreements,
- principles and criteria for awarding agreements, and
- process and time-lines for advertizing and awarding agreements.
- presenting the strategy to government for approval.
The MOF values your ideas and contributions, as more information develops for how
sites and trails will be managed and administered in the long term, we will share this
information with you.
Thank you again for your participation at the meeting.
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