A better future for our provincial parks
The province has just announced a new plan
for the future of our provincial park system, called BC Parks Future Strategy –
read the strategy here: www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/future/docs/BC-Parks-Future-Strategy.pdf
The announcement of this strategy is the
first real acknowledgement from the B.C. government in nearly two decades that
our parks system is in trouble and in desperate need of increased capacity and
funding. While the new strategy is promising and certainly a step in the right
direction, we are still waiting for to the government to announce specifics that
will fill in some of the many missing details in the plan. Without these
details, it is unclear how this plan will change the current trajectory our
parks system is currently following.
take a moment to send a note to the B.C. government, asking them for specific actionable
commitments as part of the BC Parks Future Strategy.
TAKE ACTION NOW:
CPAWS-BC has identified several actionable
commitments the government can take immediately under the framework set out in
this new plan for BC Parks. These are commitments they can make now to build on
this new strategy, and improve the health and future of our provincial
We are asking the government to:
- Increase the number of Park
Rangers to 360 regular and seasonal positions (up from the currently employed
164) in order to match pre-2000 staffing levels and account for the additional
burden of care placed on these employees as a result of a greatly expanded protected
areas system since then;
- In the 2017 budget, increase BC
Parks base funding for operations and maintenance to $60 million to match
pre-2000 funding levels and account for inflation as well as the additional
lands that have been added under to the system since then;
- Increase this base funding
annually to eventually match what other leading parks agencies in Canada, like
Parks Canada and Alberta Parks, are investing in their protected area systems;
- Commit to an accompanying
increase in long-term operations and maintenance funding to support the
expansion of campsites under the management and care of BC Parks.
here for background information and the rationale behind these
recommendations, then take a moment to fill out the form below to ask the B.C.
government to make some real commitments to our protected areas legacy.
Your letter will be sent to:
The Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of
The Honourable Mary Polak, Minister of Environment
take a moment to write a message in your own words to maximize the impact of
our collective action.