2020 in the Media

May 12, 2016

2020 submits Darling Lake Heritage Trail Proposal to the Honourable Mary Polak

This follows the discussion of Darling Lake Heritage Trail with Mr. George Heyman, NDP MLA in the legislature on April 25th. From the covering letter to the proposal.

We are greatly encouraged that you and your Government is seriously considering righting the wrongs of the past by expanding hiking opportunities in Garibaldi Provincial Park by offering to fully restore the Darling Lake Heritage Trail.

In deference to the overcrowding and overuse of the existing trail network, expansion at this time is highly desirable.  The full restoration of the Darling Lake Heritage Trail by your Government would be a lasting legacy to be proud of; one that would greatly benefit the hiking community for generations to come, and one that would further stimulate the local Squamish economy. 
We also appreciate your confirmation in the legislature that the restoration of the Darling Lake Trail does not require an amendment to the Garibaldi Park Master Plan.
2020 also thanks George Heyman as NDP champion. His support was critical to bringing the proposal to the attention of the minister.

May 9, 2016

2020 receives FOI responses for alleged Darling Lake mineral lick and communications with First Nations

The material received regarding communications between government employees and Squamish First Nation, or any other first nation pertaining to or mentioning the Darling Lake Trail, Darling Lake or Darling Ridge was almost 100% redacted. The information content was close to zero. What does that suggest? Is there something to hide?

The FOI response for the alleged mineral lick raised a couple of interesting questions. There is a circle around the trail as it approaches Darling Lake. The area contained in the circle, approximately two hectares of granitic bedrock, glacial till and late season snowfields is allegedly an area of high quality mineral deposits favored by ungulates. According to Steve Rochetta, registered professional biologist, "goats and all other animals trek for miles to access minerals at these [sic] locations. Putting large numbers of people through this location would not be recommended, human use should avoid this critical feature."

The area in question was "discovered" by Murray Watt, a compliance and enforcement officer with Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in Squamish in August 2015. What was officer Watt doing inside Garibaldi Park? Typically, a park ranger would patrol a park not a forest officer. What background does officer Watt have by way of biology? Finally, did the RPBio Rochetta ever visit Darling Lake and conduct research that such a broad statement can be made.

2020 will visit the area of the alleged mineral lick once the seasonal snow has retreated. The purpose will be to independently verify the information alleged in the FOI response.

In the meantime, 2020 welcomes information from the public. Have you seen mountain goats or other animals in the vicinity of Darling Lake, Darling Ridge or Mamquam Icefield? We have so far received reports of goats and wolverine in the vicinity of Darling Lake in the summer of 2015. Have you seen goat wool snagged on trees, scat, footprints or bedding places. We are interested in hearing of your observations. Even an observation that nothing of this nature was observed is pertinent.

May 8, 2016

Victim crossing creek in Lynn Headwaters dies after striking head on rock - BC Coroner

2020 Commentary

In summer of 2015, BCMC volunteer trail maintainers restored access to the heritage Darling Lake Trail. As a safety requirement, a steel handline was rigged above a log spanning the east fork of Skookum Creek (the so-called Paranoid Creek). In August, park rangers enjoined Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to stop people entering the park from using the safety line. The BCMC was threatened by Compliance and Enforcement officers with jail and imprisonment if they did not remove the safety cable. Reluctantly, the BCMC was forced to comply.

The unfortunate accident in Lynn Headwaters at Norvan Creek is exactly what the BCMC was trying to avoid. But for BC Parks and Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations it is a warning to keep out of Garibaldi Park using Darling Lake Trail. The threat of death and personal injury is a blunt tool to enforce their management direction, which is to coerce people to use one of the five "sanctioned" trailheads in Garibaldi Park. The closest one to Darling Lake is Diamond Head, two or three days march away.

April 26, 2016

Garibaldi Park 2020 and 2020 issues discussed and debated in the Victoria Provincial Legislature

NDP Environment Critic George Heyman brought several key 2020 issues to the legislature, including the Garibaldi at Squamish Resort Proposal, The Darling Lake Trail, and other important 2020 concerns.  

Read the transcript here:

Today was a very promising day for the Garibaldi Park 2020 team and the issues we have been working so hard on.

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