quote:Originally posted by solo75
There are lots of pine mushrooms in Strathcona Park in the Buttle Lake area this year. This year is a bumper crop due to the weather...lots of rain initially then warm weather. When I'm hiking, I sometimes see clusters of 10 together but unfortunately picking is illegal in provincial parks so I have to be content with just photographing them.
I was kind of suprised at your post, that all mushroom picking is banned in ALL BC Provincial parks. I somehow assumed that non-commercial mushroom picking would be akin to fresh water sports fishing, or hunting & trapping, which are allowed in many Provincial Park areas, including Strathcona Park, but you're right.
After doing a bit of internet research, I can gather why BC Parks might be a bit relunctant to allow any mushroom picking in Parks and I somewhat agree. Looking at youtube and other posts, there seems to be more than a few slobs that go commercial mushroom picking and leave a huge amount of garbage behind. I realize that I have just put a lightening rod on my head, for all of the “good” commercial pickers to zap. That's not my desire and I won't buy into that discussion.
I would however like to bring up the BC Parks policies and how they are made. Who exactly vetts the proposals and who puts them in to law?
My take is that it is, from the top down... the Premier, Minister of Environment, Senior Parks Staff and then a nod to public input.
For example, in the recent case of allowing horses into the Bedwell Valley in Strathcona Park, the public was probably well more than 90% against, the Strathcona Park Public Advisory Group was 100% against, with the Federation of Mountain Clubs and the Alpine Club of Canada supporting them.
The BC Minister of Environment ignored the public and ruled in favour of the corporate interest that wanted their horses in the Park.
So to restate my question, how does park policy get made, who makes it and how does it become law?