A small group of people have put Powell River’s backcountry under threat, according to local authorities. The actions of illegal dumpers and those who vandalize nature have resulted in a concerted frontline response by organizations and agencies invested in conservation efforts.
According to Powell River Outdoor Recreation Users Group Trail Society (ORUG), an umbrella group of organizations involved with backcountry preservation, vandalism and illegal dumping is ongoing and affects the region’s most sensitive and important asset: outdoor recreation.
“Fire is the big one,” said Pat Walsh, ORUG president. “I suspect that would be a major part of the issue.”