Save a Backcountry Safety Shelter on Vancouver Island

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A Senior Parks Ranger for BC Strathcona Parks discovered 2 safety cabins that are near but not in Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island. One cabin was removed by TimberWest.  The other cabin is slated for removal by BC Parks this weekend.  There is some question about who owns the land where this second cabin is located as the park was expanded some years ago; however, there is a land use agreement in place between TimberWest and the local Snowmobile Club for the area. The snowmobile club had no involvement with construction of the cabin, but the cabin is used by recreationalists of all types.  It is a safety shelter.  It provides a place for people to rest and warm up while recreating.  It provides a place to administer first aid free from the elements if there is an emergency.  It provides a place from where someone needing assitance can call for help.  Safety shelters can save lives. 

Our request is simple.  We are asking to please postpone distruction of this cabin until stakeholders can come together and talk about the issues for all involved. 

Please sign this petition in support of our simple request and if you can, please follow up with emails to any and all of the people listed below. 

Thank you.


Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development - Honourable Doug Donaldson -

Regional Manager (Coast) of Rec Sites and Trails - Robert Van Der Zalm -

North Island MLA - Honourable Claire Trevena -

Issues Manager, Coast Region - Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development -

Strathcona Senior Park Ranger - Jamie Godfrey -