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Thanks for the comments. I'm sure that topic will come up. Too bad we won't see you up there on Saturday.
PLEASE NOTE: there's been a location change for the 4WDABC Meet & Greet this Saturday. Same date and time, new venue:
Carlos O’Bryans Pub at 1724 Stewart Ave. Nanaimo. PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO ANYONE YOU KNOW IS GOING.
The info's in my first post at the top of the page. In Nanaimo at the Black Bear on Feb 20th from 6 PM.
I've never had the opportunity to wheel in that area. You have way more knowledge than I.
Some really thought provoking topics here. I'm really excited about the passion I see for this. On the topic of fishing access. Are the lakes on private land? Or are they TFL or Crown? That would make a difference. Before the gates went up Fisheries used to stock those lakes, I'm not sure they still do? We'd need to find that out. This is a good start.
If we can find Crown land that we need to access through private land that's another option too. Especially if the Crown land has a Rec Site that WE (island 4X4ers) could maintain.
On the topic of the mainland key program, first it took over 10 years to implement. There was Crown land that had always had 4X4, access then gates went up on private Hydro property and timber property bordering on a golf course. The gates were bypassed and the course driven through, and eventually EVERYONE was fed up. So 4x4ers, clubs, 4WDABC, individuals, the 3 private land holders, and various levels of government worked out the "key program". So, it is doable here, we just need to figure out our best approach.
On the topic of the VI land grab, well it happened over 100 years ago. I don't know how much traction we can get on that. It wasn't "gifted" it was given as payment to Dunsmuir as a Land Grant after he built the E&N railway. He sold it, and it's been sold a few times since then to various timer companies. It is private land. Even the First Nations are trying to carve some of it back as well, and are being stuck behind political roadblocks.
Keep this coming, it is great fodder for discussion at our meeting! Thanks.
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