Send some gratitude on behalf of the grasslands

Take a moment to send a quick thank you to the Federal and Provincial Ministers of Environment for standing with local First Nations and jointly committing to protecting the grasslands of the South Okanagan-Similkameen

On October 27, 
leaders from the Okanagan Nation, the federal government, and the BC government announced that they will begin work immediately to create a National Park Reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen. This is an historic moment for the protection of endangered ecosystems and wildlife in BC, and represents an important shift for provincial and federal governments who are now working in full partnership with the local First Nations to get it done in the next two years.

Creating this park will forever safeguard a rare and unique ecosystem that is disappearing around the world, and will help North America’s grassland species adapt to a changing climate and an evolving landscape. It will provide permanent jobs in local communities, recreation opportunities and a much-needed boost to local tourism. The National Park Reserve will also help Canada meet its international commitments to protect 17% of our lands and inland waters by 2020, and will fill in a significant gap in the national park system for unrepresented ecosystems.

CPAWS-BC, along with other conservation groups, local businesses and community members, have been fighting for this for over 15 years. Please take a moment to say thank you to our governments for taking this important step forward, which is a huge milestone in the history of this campaign.

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George Heyman, BC Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change
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