Fall 1998 Newsletter


Friends of Caren gather for a Christmas potluck.
Watch for announcements for this year's Christmas
get together.
 
 

A new Class A park for the Caren

(The proposed Spipiyus Provincial Park)


This fall Provincial authorities are
proposing to create a set of new parks for
the Lower Mainland, confirming their
intentions announced in October 1996.
The Spipiyus Class A park is proposed as
one of these. Victoria is planning to
announce a 2,800 hectare park for the
Caren and not the 6,000 or 8,500 hectare
park proposed by FOC, and by the
Western Canada Wilderness Committee
and the Vancouver Natural History
Society respectively. Only the ancient
forests of 800 hectares surrounded by
2,000 hectares of recovering clearcuts
will be included. We must continue our
campaign for a shore-to-summit park of a
minimum of 6,000 hectares to protect the
ecological integrity of Canada's oldest
documented forests. To do otherwise is
to put these crucial forest habitats at
riskof being destroyed by recreation.

Murrelet parents in summer plumage with
young fishing apprentice.  From Marbled
Murrelets, Mysterious Seabirds by Mavis and
Paul Jones © 1993

Caren Tour

Mark your calendar to join us on October
10th on our fall Caren Tour. Bring your
friends. We will assemble,
as usual, at the Wildlife Centre on Trout
Lake Rd. at 10:30 am.
 

A New Friends of Caren Brochure

We enclose a new Friends of Caren
brochure. Nearly half the cost of the
brochure was met by donations from the
World Wildlife Fund's Endangered
Spaces Campaign. Please send the
attached post card  to Premier Clark, or
better still, do a personal letter addressed
to him. The more letters we can get in to
Victoria the better will be our chances of
getting our larger sustainable park.
 

Parks Officials Visit the Caren

On August 11, 1998 four parks people
from the BC Parks office near Squamish
came to visit the Caren and to see and
listen first hand to four Friends of Caren
people as to how FOC wanted the park
to operate. A good exchange took place
and most of the key areas were seen,
including the waterfall, the remains of the
oldest specimens of yellow cedar and
hemlock in the world, not to mention a
tour of some of the best areas of the
ancient forest.
 

What's in a Name? What's Spipiyus?


Friends of Caren are working with B.C.
Parks people to establish Spipiyus
Provincial Park.   Spipiyus is the Sechelt
name for the Marbled Murrelet. The
name emphasizes the park's
shore-to-summit nature, based on the
habit of the murrelet and a host of other
bird and animal species, of traveling up to
the Caren to breed and feed most of the
year. Other species which travel up from
the lakes and inlets include the Black
Bear, the River Otter, Barrows
Goldeneye, Mew Gull, Osprey, Bald
Eagle, and the Vaux Swift. Roosevelt Elk
have moved up to the clearcuts in some
numbers and a fairly large herd has begun
to spend the winters there.
 


Murrelet chick feeding.  From Marbled
Murrelets, Mysterious Seabirds by Mavis and
Paul Jones © 1993
 
 

Caren Murrelet Research

The find of a new nest in 1997 on the
Caren resulted in a third nest-watch
bringing the total feedings observed of a
chick in the nest to 104 in some 212
hours of observations.  What has never
been documented before is the significant
number of daytime feedings witnessed.
Most researchers of murrelets elsewhere
go home an hour after sunrise. Friends of
Caren observers have watched 65
feedings, out of a total of 101 feedings
monitored, take place after sunrise, with
45 occurring beyond one hour after
sunrise up to and even beyond noon. In
the three nestings on the Caren, the first
in 1993( this was the first active Marbled
Murrelet nest in Canada), the second in
the same nest in 1994, and the third in
1997, FOC observers have seen nearly
fifty percent of all feedings ever
witnessed throughout the range of this
species along the Pacific Coast. Most of
the other nestings found elsewhere in BC
and in the US have failed, perhaps
because of the lack of suitable constraints
on observers.
 

Helping Friends

Sechelt elder, Gilbert Joe, says that spipiyus
were everywhere in the inlets when he was a
youngster paddling his first dugout canoe.  "As I
became an adult in the 1950's  and got into the
logging and fishing industries, I remember
seeing 4 or 5 pairs of murrelets or more per mile
in the inlets and strait  waters of the Sechelt

Sechelt elder, Gilbert Joe
 

Territory.  Now there are hardly any."  Most of
the marine fowl, Gilbert says, are depleted
compared to what he used to see.  Except for the
Canada Geese, seaguls and crows.   Gilbert and
all the other Sechelt elders are concerned about
about the disappearance of the spipiyus.  Gilbert
is helping the Friends of Caren protect spipiyus
habitat.
 

Volunteers Needed

Please let us know if you can assist us in
our work of creating a new meaningful
and sustainable park from Sechelt Inlet to
Pender Harbour across the Caren Range.
Thanks. Come to our meetings and find
out how and where you can help.
 

* Watch for news of an upcoming
Friends of Caren Potluck Supper.
See you there.
 

Memberships

As you know membership in Friends of
Caren is by donation. Please note the
membership card attached to the post
card on the Brochure and let us have
your donations so that you will continue
to be on our rolls and continue to get our
Bulletins and Newsletters. Your funds
will be used to bolster efforts of FOC to
get a larger sustainable shore-to-summit
park and to help us build the trail
connecting Sechelt to the
Skookumchuck. Remember all our work
is carried out by volunteers.
 

Mt. Hallowell Forest Watch Tower

Mt. Hallowell Forest Watch Tower is
located on the top of the northern peak of
the Caren Range.  The Sunshine Coast
Heritage Society with Friends of Caren,
B.C. Forest Service, Pender Harbour
Wildlife Society and Volunteers are
rehabilitating the Forest Watch tower and
Supply Trail.
 

Support Local Recreation

In the transition (Caren Range Protected
Area to proposed Spipiyus Provincial
Park), the tower and area will need
maintenance and protection from the
elements and vandalism.  Those
interested in Mt. Hallowell Tower and
Area please contact John at (604)
885-6135.
 

Mt. Hallowell Recreational Area

The Mt. Hallowell Recreational Area is a
varied forest environment that is highly
visible from Malaspina and Georgia
Straits, Jervis and Sechelt Inlets.  Here
there are woodland recreation corridors
to Skookumchuck Rapids, Klein Lake
and Doriston.