Oh, Canada: What's More Rare In British Columbia? Full-Time Park Rangers Or Bigfoot?
Question: How many full-time park rangers do you think there are to serve the 1000 parks and protected areas - more than 32 million acres of land?
Answer: Only 10
In British Columbia, deep government cuts have made it difficult to maintain provincial park services and facilities. The number of full-time-equivalent seasonal park rangers positions have gone from 27 in 2001 to just 10 today.
What's so bad, you ask? Well, for one thing, beautiful infrastructures are decaying, due to the cuts. Also, the lack of patrols are resulting in vandalism and theft from BC parks. And worst of all, the risk of wildfires are now even higher without adequate rangers on patrol. It's so bad in BC that some parks areas have no budget for toilet paper!
Go here to visit Save BC Parks.
Thanks Paul for sending this in.