Keeping parks open and accessible to the public is part of what we at Pacific Parklands Foundation proudly fundraise for. We aim to ensure there are safe trails, accessibility upgrades, parks for your children and picnic areas for your family. However, as the City of Burnaby and the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers have recently noted, this can sometimes be to the environment’s detriment because of a few individuals that make poor decisions or are simply unaware of the longterm impacts of choices they make. Our regional parks were subjected to this when trees were chopped down in Capilano River Regional Park in order to improve a view. More recently, the City of Burnaby and the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers are asking the public to keep an eye out for a man who appears to be blazing his own creekside trails and damaging the environment in the process. According to Melinda Yong, an environmental technician with the City of Burnaby, it’s not uncommon to find damage in local parks, unintentionally inflicted by people who go off trails or to explore new areas, or who let their dog roam off-leash. This is something PPF knows all too well. As Yong says, “We have such small green spaces left, and whenever you tromp a plant, it’s so difficult for it to re-establish.” Paul Cipywnyk, president of the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society, is understandably upset. The society has spent years rehabilitating the natural habitat surrounding the creek, contributing hundreds of volunteer hours each year. To see trails cut, branches torn apart, trees chopped down and plants torn out has been devastating for the group. Both the City of Burnaby and the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society just want to see the damage come to an end. They also remain openminded to the fact that such actions may be the result of a lack of understanding. To report any environmental damage to the city, please call Yong at 604.294.7690. If you catch someone in the act then pelase call the police non-emergency line at 604.294.7922 to report it.