Vancouver Island Trails Information Society
Vancouver Island Trails Information Society

Management of Outdoor Recreation on Public Land

Published Thu, Apr 29th, 2010

Management of outdoor recreation on public land is changing significantly, notably within the organizational structures, roles and capabilities of both BC Parks and the BC Forest Service. For example, by the time each book is printed some offices we mention may be closed; perhaps others may be opened. We are unable to predict these changes.

Some provincial park and forest service management features, including campgrounds, may be privatized or transferred to municipalities and regional districts, but these changes usually will not affect the trails and routes described in these books. A greater reliance on 'no trace' camping practices and 'self maintenance' may be needed, but these have been and should remain reasonable models to follow under any circumstances. Road access, however, may change significantly, particularly when logging is involved. Volunteers and not-for-profit organizations may play a greater role in park and outdoor recreation management. It appears to be policy to close facilities that require servicing, resulting in the removal of outhouses, non-availability of safe water, lack of firewood, etc. Charges may be made for services that previously were publicly funded.

 

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