Lack of garbage removal concerns committee

  • Jul. 23, 2010 3:00 p.m.

The lack of garbage removal at the new Moresby Camp/Gaawu Kuns recreation site on Moresby Island was a cause for concern at the recent Moresby Island Management Committee meeting. Committee members were surprised that the new $1.2 million recreation site would not have garbage removal, when there used to be pick up at that area and at the nearby Mosquito Lake recreation site. MIMC chair Evan Putterill referred to a letter from Larry Duke at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, Recreation Sites and Trails Branch Mr. Duke said the Ministry promotes no-trace camping and expects people to pack out what they’ve packed in. He also said that any garbage removal in those areas in the past was paid for by a different agency. Mr. Putterill said he was going to follow up on the matter and find out who used to pay for the removal. The new recreation site opened this spring with a longhouse-style shelter, picnic tables, camp sites, interpretive signs, and a boat launch. The signs tell of the natural and cultural history of this estuary where Pallant Creek meets the Pacific Ocean. Skidegate artist Giitsxaa, who is also chief of the Eagle clan from the nearby Cumshewa Village, carved a cedar frog that represents the Volcano Woman story. The frog was installed at the entranceway to the shelter and the story tells of three boys who threw a frog into the flames, then saw it return unharmed to the side of the fire. After this, fire started raining from the sky, destroying their village. The area is used by tour boat operators, tourists and locals and is known as the Gateway to Gwaii Haanas, with many trips into the Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site starting there. The improvements were made in a partnership between Parks Canada, the Coast Sustainability Trust, Skeena Queen Charlotte Regional District, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts and Moresby Island Management Committee. There is a no garbage sign posted at the site. Tyler Peet, integrated operations manager at the Haida Gwaii Forest District said “local users may want to play a role in keeping the site clean.” He said the province hopes to turn to private commercial users who rely on the site as the first members of a community user group.Article copyright Haida Gwaii Observer