Congratulations on progress toward South Okanagan Park; lets get on with completing the job!
Nature Canada congratulates the federal and BC governments and the three Southern Communities of the Syilx/Okanagan Nation on today’s anouncement that the three governments are moving ahead together to create the South Okanagan – Similkameen National Park Reserve.
This southern interior region of the province is home to more threatened and rare species than anywhere else in British Columbia. Over one-third of all provincially listed species at risk and 57 federally listed species at risk live in the South Okanagan – Similkameen. Establishing the national park reserve will provide a significant boost to British Columbia and Canada in meeting our 17 per cent land protection target under the Aichi Targets of the Biodiversity Treaty.
A study process for considering the possibility of such a park was initiated more than a decade ago; in 2012, a joint federal-provincial feasibility study recommended that a national park reserve be established. The proposed park now enjoys a high level of support among British Columbians, whether ranchers, tourism workers, hunters, campers or naturalists. The Okanagan Nation Alliance has expressed support for the national park as have all the nearby Regional District governments, the Okanagan Basin Water Board, all the tourism associations, and the Chambers of Commerce.
Please email the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Hon. George Heyman, BC Minister of Environment and Climate Change strategy below congratulating them on the progress are making but also to urge them to move expeditiously to get the park established soon!
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Dear Honourable Catherine McKenna and Honourable George Heyman,
I would like to congratulate you on the progress towards creating the South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Reserve. However, I want to urge you to move expeditiously to get the park established soon!
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