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300 geocaches in Gatineau Park poised to disappear, many of them unnecessarily

May 30, 2010 @ 08:19 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, Environment, Geocaching

A couple of days ago a number of geocachers who own caches that are in Gatineau Park received the following message:

You are receiving this message because one of your caches is located within the territory of Gatineau Park.

The National Capital Commission (NCC) wishes to control Geocaching in the Gatineau Park.  Therefore, it is currently setting a procedure for caches within its territory, and is asking geocachers to archive all caches in the park.  They are requesting the cooperation of concerned geocachers to pick up all the containers.

We are asking for your cooperation in collecting your cache and in archiving the listing. Note that on June 20, 2010, all remaining caches within the territory of the park will be archived.

All new requests for publication at this location will be denied until permission of the NCC and the new procedure are received. We apologize for this inconvenience, which is beyond our control, and solicit the patience and cooperation of all geocachers.

Thank you

The Quebec Reviewers

About 300 geocaches are affected by this mass archiving. Needless to say, the local geocaching community is not impressed.


My thoughts on the Climbers’ Access Coalition information meeting

April 20, 2010 @ 18:07 By: gordon Category: Climbing, Current affairs, Environment

The Ottawa-Gatineau Climbers’ Access Coalition information session on the implications of the Gatineau Park Ecosystem Conservation Plan (GPECP) took place Monday evening. At least 100 people attended the meeting, which was held at the Ottawa Mountain Equipment Co-op store.

Eric Grenier, chair of the Coalition, summarized the current state of affairs and said the immediate problem is getting the National Capital Commission’s attention and convincing them that the dialogue hasn’t finished yet – if anything it’s just starting:

“How do we engage them in that process? I think that the way we have to go about doing that is by employing public influence.” – Eric Grenier


Epic FAIL for the Gatineau Park Protection Committee

April 18, 2010 @ 09:00 By: gordon Category: Climbing, Current affairs, Environment, Seen on the 'net

The Gatineau Park News blog mentioned that the Gatineau Park Protection Committee released the following “press release” (of which I’m only quoting the English version after the jump) concerning their “review” of the full version of the Gatineau Park Ecosystem Conservation Plan document, which they “leaked” on their website:


MEC weighs in on the climbing restrictions in Gatineau Park

April 14, 2010 @ 16:24 By: gordon Category: Climbing, Current affairs, Environment, Seen on the 'net

Mountain Equipment Co-op’s French blogue has a piece that talks about the climbing restrictions that are going to be the result of the Gatineau Park Ecosystem Conservation Plan (GPECP) that I’ve written about recently. People are encouraged to sign the climber petition and join the Ottawa-Gatineau Climbers’ Access Coalition.

Also, people should come out to the meeting being hosted by the Coalition at the MEC store in Westboro this Monday at 7:15pm.

A tip o’ the hat to Gatineau Park News for blogging about the MEC blogue article.

Limestone versus Granite: Appendix 2 of the Gatineau Park Ecosystem Conservation Plan

April 01, 2010 @ 08:50 By: gordon Category: Climbing, Current affairs, Environment, In the news

So, I’ve been reading the full version of the Gatineau Park Ecosystem Conservation Plan during the last week or so, along with a number of research articles that it cites. Of particular interest (to me anyway) is Appendix 2, which is titled “Eardley Escarpment description and conservation issues”. This is where the authors of the GPECP lay out why, in their opinion, climbing should be all but banned from Gatineau Park.

It starts off by describing what an escarpment is, in general terms, and then moves on to describing the Eardley Escarpment thusly:

Eardley Escarpment is a cliff lying along a south-south-west line. It is approximately 300 metres high, with an average height of more than 200 metres, and is the dominant topographical element in the Outaouais region. It begins in the City of Gatineau and runs north-eastwards along the Ottawa River for several dozen kilometres, forming a characteristic rock slope alignment.

Google Earth view To the best of my knowledge, the Eardley Escarpment, the aspect of which is approximately southwest, follows a line that’s aligned roughly northwest-southeast. If it ran “north-eastwards along the Ottawa River”, it would actually be oriented almost perpendicular to the Ottawa River.

If you look at the image to the right, you can see the Eardley Escarpment (I’ve marked it with a red line) running most of the way from top left to lower right.

But this isn’t the most problematic part of Appendix 2.


A closer look at geocaching and the Gatineau Park Ecosystem Conservation Plan

March 24, 2010 @ 15:41 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, Environment, Geocaching, In the news

GatineauParkEcosystemConservationMapwithGeocaches-reduced John Goatcher, a local geocacher, sent me a map that overlays geocaches in and around Gatineau Park on top of the map found on page 39 of the Gatineau Park Ecosystem Conservation Plan (GPECP). As he commented in my earlier post on geocaching and the GPECP, it’s surprising that more geocaches aren’t in the “integral conservation zone” (the dark olive area in the maps), given that it covers roughly half of the total area of Gatineau Park. As you’ll recall from my previous post, geocaches in the ICZ “will be relocated in areas that are less sensitive before the end of summer 2010”.


Enforcement statistics for the first two years of Ottawa’s Idling Control by-law

March 24, 2010 @ 12:44 By: gordon Category: Environment, Statistics

My recent entry reminding people that the temperature during the days lately have been such that the Idling Control by-law (Bylaw #2007-266) got me wondering about how often people have been ticketed for violating it, so I asked the City of Ottawa for the statistics.