The Federation of Mountain Clubs in B.C. is hoping their new campaign will say more than a thousand words and help them get more funding for provincial Parks.
By using the hashtag “FundBCParks” the Federation of Mountain Clubs in B.C. is collecting pictures sent by people showcasing the condition of parks across the province.
Executive Director Jodi Appleton says the month-long campaign has already received dozens of pictures
“We started to collect photos from the public and from our members, so they’ve been sending us photos and it gives you a really good example of what we are talking about when we say we feel that B.C. parks needs more funding on an annual basis so that they can keep these parks up to shape for our hikers.”
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She says they have been trying to raise awareness about this issue for a year, but thought a visual campaign would be more powerful.
“We can say that B.C. parks need money but maybe we need to show people what we are talking about.”
The Ministry of Environment replied to CKNW by sending their budget numbers for the year.
The release says the Ministry has invested about $60 million in park facilities over the past five years.
But Appleton says pictures should help the government see the needs for more funds.
“They may not realize, and this is why we wanted to get the photos, is to actually show them what we’re talking about, what our members are concerned about when they say ‘you know we really think that BC Parks needs more funding in order to maintain the trails, and to get new trails.”
The report says BC Parks had a budget of over $68 million this year.