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The cost was estimated to be $60,000 to lay the basic trail, said PVTA secretary Chris Allen. The Pemberton Valley Utilities and Services Committee (PVUS) agreed on Feb. 6 to provide $20,000 for the trail as part of a $45,000 grant to the PVTA, and the remaining funds were raised through the year. By early winter, two kilometres of the trail had been completed.
In March, the Lil'wat Nation and BC Parks signed three major conservancy management plans to protect over 10,000 hectares (100 square km.) of Lil'wat traditional territories in perpetuity.
The three, the Qwalímak/Upper Birkenhead Conservancy, K'zuzált/Twin Two Conservancy, and Mkwal'ts Conservancy, encompass the watersheds of the Upper Birkenhead River, Twin Two Creek, and Ure Creek respectively, all of which flow into Lillooet Lake near Pemberton. Negotiations began with the B.C. government in 2006. Culturally significant and wilderness areas were included.
In June, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, along with Ducks Unlimited and the Nature Trust of British Columbia, purchased the 27.1-hectare Fulton property.
The property has a "critical trail system on it, plus the wetlands and bird watching is absolutely amazing," said to SLRD chair Susie Gimse. She added there was also old-growth forest.
"It's a good news story, really good for the community," she added. "(There is a) beautiful loop trail on the Fulton through Riverside. It's kind of like Pemberton's Stanley Park."
The land, which runs adjacent to the Lillooet River in Area C just outside Pemberton, was purchased for $430,000 through SLRD's Area C Community Parks Fund and contributions from DU and the Nature Trust.
And the whole of Pemberton did itself proud for 2012 Earth Day, when Pemberton came second in British Columbia by reducing its energy use by 6.8 per cent.
A snapshot of crimes and misdemeanors in the Pemberton area in 2011 was offered up by Sgt. Eric Rochette of Pemberton RCMP in the form of the detachment's year-end statistics at the district council meeting on Feb. 21, 2012.
Rochette, joined by Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair of the Whistler detachment said crime levels were going down, especially in terms of acts of violence and in prisoners taken into custody.
The numbers of prisoners held at the Pemberton detachment dropped by half, from 463 in 2010 to 234 in 2012. Alcohol and other stimulant abuses were a constant problem, with 90 per cent of all crimes in the region carried out by an intoxicated person.
Common assaults in the Pemberton Valley, including domestic assaults, were down from 29 in 2010 to 18 in 2012. There were no assaults with a weapon or causing bodily harm last year compared with eight in 2010.
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