Best Practices Guide for Rock Climbing Route Development

- Squamish Area Provincial Parks

BC Parks, in conjunction with a climbing advisory group, is developing a Best Practices Guide for Rock Climbing Route Development for Stawamus Chief Park, Shannon Falls Park, and Murrin Park.

A public meeting will be held to receive further feedback from the public regarding the Best Practices Guidelines. The date of the meeting is November 5, 2011. It will be held in Squamish at the Garibaldi Room in the Howe Sound Brew Pub. The doors will open at 1:00pm. From 1:00 to 1:30 people wishing to provide feedback or ask questions about the plan will be required to sign in. Starting at 1:30 speakers will be called up and given an opportunity to comment and or ask questions. A panel of Climbers Advisory committee members and BC Parks staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide feedback.

We hope to see you there.

What are Your Views?

At this stage in the process you have an opportunity to provide information, express your opinion and suggest alternatives. Your help is very much appreciated!

To view the draft best practices guide click here.

How to Provide Comments on the Draft Best Practices Guide

Your submission is due November 15, 2011.

1) You may complete an online comments form, or;

2) You may download and print a comments form.

Mail, email or fax the form to:

Dave Zevick, Area Supervisor
BC Parks, Ministry of Environment
PO Box 220, 13 km North of Squamish on Highway 99
Phone: 604 898-3678 ext. 2232
Fax: 604 898-4171

To ensure your submission is as effective as possible:

  • Make it clear and concise;
  • List your points according to the sections and page numbers in the document;
  • Describe briefly each subject or issue you wish to discuss;
  • Say whether you agree or disagree with any or all of the aims or strategies within each subject or just those of specific interest to you- clearly state your reasons (particularly if you disagree) and provide supportive information where possible; and, suggest alternatives to deal with issues you disagree with.

It is important to indicate those strategies and ideas you agree with as well as those with which you disagree. Each submission is important, but those that give reasons for concerns give support where appropriate and offer information and constructive suggestions are most useful.

What will BC Parks do with your Comments?

The draft guide will be reviewed in the light of submissions, according to established criteria. The draft guide many be amended if a submission:

  • Provides additional resource information of direct relevance to management;
  • Provides additional information on affected user groups of direct relevance to management;
  • Indicates a change in (or clarifies) Government legislation, management commitment or management policy;
  • Proposes strategies that would better achieve management objectives or aims; or
  • Indicates omissions, inaccuracies or a lack of clarity.

The draft guide may not be amended if a submission:

  • Clearly supports the draft proposals;
  • Offers a neutral statement or no change is sought;
  • Addresses issues beyond the scope of the project;
  • Is one amongst several divergent viewpoints received on the topics and the strategy in the document is still considered the best option; or contributes options that are not possible (generally due to some aspect of existing legislation or Government policy).

For more information:

Dave Zevick, Area Supervisor
BC Parks, Ministry of Environment
1812 Miracle Beach Dr, Black Creek, BC V9J 1K1
Phone: 604 898-3678 ext. 2232
Fax: 604 898-4171