s wilderness runs into roadblocks

It snakes through Vancouver Island interior, a 700 kilometre wilderness hike stretching from Victoria up to windswept Cape Scott at the Island northern tip.

Little more than one metre wide in some places, the Spine Trail winds through dense forest, past lakes and over rushing streams.

Volunteers cut new trails through the Island inland forest to link parks, historic railroad beds and trestles plus trails used by pioneers and First Nations people. Small communities dot the proposed path, so hikers can resupply during a month long trek that would be almost 10 times longer than the iconic West Coast Trail that hugs the west coast.

are many kinds of wilderness experience from pristine watersheds, old growth and second growth to working forests, says Gil Parker, president of the Vancouver Island Trail Association (VISTA). north coast section imitation van cleef alhambra diamond earrings is already built from near Port Hardy to Cape Scott though some of it runs along beaches and over hills and it pretty wild. Trail is envisioned as a global tourist attraction similar to Spain famed Camino de Santiago or the Appalachian Trail that stretches up the eastern United States from Georgia to Maine.

But that vision is in peril. The route is blocked in five locations where it must pass through lands owned by a handful of forest companies, according to VISTA. has stopped stocking 30 lakes with fish many of them on Crown land because anglers can no longer get access to them, says society president Ken Sawayma. Jarvis and Weekes Lakes near Sooke and Timberland, Crystal and MacKay Lakes near Cassidy were used regularly by anglers, until road access was gated.

When locks appeared on access roads to popular fishing lakes on the Douglas Lake Ranch in the late 1980s, it touched off a dispute that smoulders to this day. Wildlife Federation.

Island Timberlands charges fees for access to land used by hikers to get to Mt. Arrowsmith near Port Alberni, according to the white paper.

One such detour advocated by landholder TimberWest would add a 50 kilometre diversion toward the West Coast of the island, says Parker.

these companies want to make money from logging these lands, they have a social obligation to the people who live here, he says.

Forest companies cite liability issues and safety concerns where active logging takes place for their reluctance to grant access to their property. Private landowners often put up with vandalism, illegal dumping and irresponsible use of firearms, according to TimberWest.

(Spine) trail proposal to TimberWest included unlimited permission and access to the general public without supervision, over unlimited and undeterminable dates, as well as unlimited access for a range of motorized vehicles all of which represent safety concerns, says TimberWest spokeswoman Monica Bailey.

The so called Right to Roam is similarly enshrined in imitation van cleef earrings alhambra many northern European nations. In Canada, only Nova Scotia protects the right of people to cross uncultivated private land to reach fishing lakes and streams.

Conservationists worry that locking people out of the backcountry will accelerate vca alhambra earrings fake the decline of conservation and environmental advocacy.

British Columbia legislators flirted with the idea of legislated access rights in the early 1960s, but abandoned the plan when forest companies agreed to grant broader access to private land.

landscape for public access is changing, and not in a good way, says Jesse Zeman, spokesman for the Wildlife Federation, which launched a campaign last year to press landowners and government to restore public access to the wilderness.

members and the general public are finding private gates on public roads, and experiencing reduced access to public resources, including fish and wildlife, says BCWF president George Wilson.

The federation says allowing more people into the backcountry will help protect it from vandals and poachers, but it has had limited success in negotiating access to the backcountry where private companies have restricted it.

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