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BC Marine Parks Forever Society

Posted By Jennifer Handley, April 24, 2014
Updated: April 19, 2014
The Marine Parks Forever Society (MPFS)was formed some 24 years ago by The Council of BC Yacht Clubs (http://www.cbcyachtclubs.ca/) as a registered charity for the sole purpose of raising funds for the acquisition of property and foreshores by BC Parks for the creation of Marine Parks in BC coastal waters. In recent years the society's mandate was amended to include the enhancement and development of existing parks in cooperation with BC Parks. And as many of us who have cruised the BC coast know, the BC Marine Park system is unique in the world and attracts many thousands of visitors each year, including hundreds of boaters from the United States.

Back in 1962, the Council raised and contributed $13,000 of the $75,000 required to purchase what is known as the first marine park in BC, Pirates Cove. In 50+ years since then, CBCYC and the Marine Parks Forever Society have raised approximately $1,235,000. These funds have contributed to the acquisition or expansion of Pirates, Smugglers, and Wakes coves, Allison Harbour, Squitty Bay, Wallace, Jedediah, Musket, Hardy, and Octopus islands. In March 2014, the society contributed $433,000 to the extension of the marine park on Quadra Island, including Small Inlet.

This year (2014), the society is also working with BC Parks to install / improve a standardized shore pin and chain system in some selected Marine Parks (Conover, Princess, Pirates and Jedidiah).

In October 2011, BCA was received 50 copies of the BC Marine Parks Guide; in return for a $10 donation to the society, a copy of the BC Marine Park Guide is yours to enjoy - ask your Chapter bosun for a copy at your next club night!

More information about BC Marine Parks Forever can be found on the society website: http://www.marineparksforever.ca/

Tags:  BC Marine Parks Forever Society  BC Marine Parks Guide  Council of BC Yacht Clubs 

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