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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-10-2017, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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Cool Only $15k in backcountry fees?

I was reading through the 2015 BC Parks report, and noticed in their discussion of revenue, backcountry camping fees totalled a mere $15,000 (the year before was only $10,000). At $5 a pop, that's only 3,000 permits which sounds absurdly low. Y'all have been paying your fees, right?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-25-2017, 06:45 PM
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Do park operators even have the ability to hand out fines these days? Like, if a group of a dozen just walks into Garibaldi without permits and refuses to leave, can the OP do anything beyond sternly telling them off?

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That works out to from 8 to 9 people per day for all parks together.

That seem terribly low.


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At $5 a pop, that's only 3,000 permits which sounds absurdly low.
One must keep in mind that some parks (eg. Valhalla) do not have backcountry fees while others (eg. Strathcona) have $10 fee.
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Do park operators even have the ability to hand out fines these days?
It appears so. This happened in Strathcona Park when climbers were considered to illegally camp in the Crest Creek Crags day use area.
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The Crest Creek campers were doing so in protest of Parks being uncooperative with the volunteers that maintain the crags. They were fined by Park Rangers and not operators.
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Yeah, I'm talking about the minimum wage dudes that have replaced our rangers since the parks system was semi-privatized in the 2000's, they don't have that power do they?

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If it's like Alberta, all the operators can do is call in the COs to write a ticket
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I used to be one of those minimum wage dudes. Definitely did not have the power to write tickets. Only the park rangers did - of which we had three, who were around for approximately 3 months per year.
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