While The Ministry of Environment is adding 350 new sites to B.C. parks in time for camping season, one environmental group says the expansion comes with its own concerns.
Wilderness Committee spokesman Peter McCartney says while he’s happy campers will have a chance to experience B.C.’s backcountry, he hopes they’re respectful.
“You can’t ensure that people are always going to do that and in order to really make that happen, you need to staff our parks adequately which has not happened over the past few years,” he says.
“[Recently, a] young person decided to jump on a moose and that’s obviously not an appropriate way to enjoy B.C.’s parks, you know, people leaving garbage, disturbing and ripping down trees for firewood.”
Ministry of Environment Spokesman David Karn confirmed more funding will be going into Parks operations, allowing for new park rangers.
But McCartney says even with that, more campers means more responsibility to tread lightly in the parks.
“Keep in mind that you’re here as a guest and this is the habitat of many species.”
McCartney says there’s certainly a bright side. He hopes that when people explore the outdoors they’ll also be encouraged to protect the wilderness.