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BC Government forging ahead with privatization of park trail services despite available alternate options

Friends of Strathcona fear private control of area adjacent to resort.

Friends of Strathcona fear private control of area adjacent to resort.CAMPBELL RIVER, BC, September 6, 2011: The Friends of Strathcona Park have nearly completed building an alternate trail in an attempt to circumvent a resort located at the head of a deteriorated trail, says Renee Andor of the Campbell River Mirror. The Friends oppose the resort's plan to allow horses on the trail and determine that the resort will gain increasing control of the trail of that area of the park. Yet, the government has refused to allow the Friends to complete the alternate trail, choosing instead to grant the resort the trail repair permit.

"The Friends of Strathcona Park (FOSP) recently completed more work on the Bedwell Centennial Trail in an effort to attract attention to a controversial issue.

This trail, which runs 28 kilometres from Bedwell Lake in the alpine to the head of Bedwell Inlet on the West Coast, has been closed to the public for the last three years because of deteriorating conditions, and FOSP has been clearing sections of the trail since 2009 in an effort to re-open it.

In August of 2010, they cleared an alternate route at the start of the trail on the west side of the Island for political reasonsÂ…"

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Posted: September 07, 2011

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