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More recently, there have been other 4x4 routes flagged in the area, obstacles have been removed with chain saws, and trucks have started breaking trail. The routes lie mainly to the south of Mosquito Lake, an area which has recently been transferred to the Lil'wat Nation-Mount Currie Band. The Pemberton Valley Trails Association has an agreement with the Lil'wat Nation allowing the public to continue to use the area for non-motorized recreation. Motorized use is expressly prohibited in this agreement.
So I would like to use this letter as a notice to all 4x4 users in the area, locals and visitors alike: the Mosquito Lake area is NOT a wilderness free-for-all. To the south of the lake the land is private, immediately surrounding the lake is the Forest Service Recreation Site, and to the north lie Crown lands and Ivey Lake Estates. This means that motorized use is not allowed on most of the land to the south of the Lake. Look at a map and read the signs! On Crown land, significant clearing, cutting, or ground disturbance are not allowed without permission from the Ministry of Forests and Range. From my observations, off-road 4x4 use causes significant disturbance, and felling 50 trees is obviously "significant cutting".
This illegal activity must stop now, before the area becomes a write-off for everyone but motorheads. Responsible users who observe illegal 4x4 use in the area should report the incident immediately to the police and to the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (who administers the Crown land). The people who want to destroy the area must be sent a clear message that these activities are not allowed here and will no longer be tolerated.
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