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SOUTH CHILCOTIN MOUNTAINS PROVINCIAL PARK

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TOM BARRATT, WITH LISA RICHARDSON

RIDING TECHNOLOGY'S
WILD INTERFACE
> FR_ LP+ NUMÉRISER LA NATURE
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FOR BC PARKS, the South Chilcotin
Mountains Provincial Park presented
a daunting dilemma: how to oversee
a 56,796 hectare unstaffed, off-grid
wilderness park, where self-sufficient
mountain bikers re-purpose old horsetrails, where summer snow storms arrive
without warning, where floatplanes
turn glacial lakes into adventure landing
strips...and where grizzlies roam?
Although protection of grizzly habitat
was a major reason the park was created
in 2001, today its 200 kilometres of
single-track trail are shared by a growing
cast of users - deer, bears, hikers,
horseback riders, mountain bikers,
hunters - all with competing needs, all
drawn by the untrammeled wildness of
the place.
And the allure of the vast and remote
South Chilcotins is precisely its biggest
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challenge. Management takes on a
different meaning when there is a
complete dearth of infrastructure and
servicing. The Park is five-hours from
Whistler, and the drive includes long
stretches on rough, steep dirt roads.
Access to many locations within the park
requires a float plane. What to do?
SEND IN THE LAs
BC Parks urgently required a Facility
Design Concept Plan to guide their
planning. In 2016, they hired Tom Barratt
Landscape Architects Ltd., and Barratt
in turn, turned to the community. "The
depth of professional skills in Whistler
allowed us to draw on skillsets you just
couldn't find elsewhere," said Barratt.
"Whistler is full of these mountain bike
nuts who have a built-in set of know-how
on how to develop huge trail systems
and who happen to be planners,
architects, biologists or GIS specialists.

It's rewarding to have these homegrown
skills applied to nurture sustainable
recreation up in our hinterland."
GIS specialist Todd Hellinga, with
Whistler-based Cascade Environmental
Resource Group Ltd., was one of the first
professionals Barratt called. "The South
Chilcotin is one of those special places
that grabs you straight away," said
Hellinga, who is a mad keen mountain
biker, and a leader in planning and trail
development within Whistler's zealous
mountain bike community. Mountain

1 FLOAT PLANES DROPPED MOUNTAIN BIKES ON HISTORIC
HORSE AND WILDLIFE TRAILS 2 THE SOUTH CHILCOTIN
MOUNTAINS PROVINCIAL PARK IS 56,797 HECTARES OF
VISUALLY SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPE, 150 KM NORTH
OF WHISTLER 3 SOUTH CHILCOTIN MOUNTAINS LAS
AND BEAR BIOLOGISTS ASSESSED RISKS OF DISPACING
BEARS AT 14 CAMPGROUNDS + RISKS TO HUMAN SAFETY
ALL IMAGES COURTESY TOM BARRATT



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Winter 2017

To Begin With
Une Dernière Salve
Collaborateurs
Writers
Upfront
Prologue
La Vague
Romance of the Stone
La Pierre Romancée
Numériser La Nature
Riding Technology’s Wild Interface
Flooding Fields
Conversation
Designing Invisible Landscapes
Stacking Up - the LA’s Toolkit: A Groundhog Plugin for Grasshopper
Grasshopper Gagne Un Plugiciel
Wood Works
Floating a New Idea for Water Stewardship
LACF
Bourses De La FACP
Critique
Parting Shot
Une Dernière Salve
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Une Dernière Salve
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Writers
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Prologue
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - La Vague
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - La Pierre Romancée
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Riding Technology’s Wild Interface
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Flooding Fields
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Conversation
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Designing Invisible Landscapes
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Grasshopper Gagne Un Plugiciel
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Wood Works
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Floating a New Idea for Water Stewardship
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Bourses De La FACP
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Critique
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