A great opportunity from the Wilderness Committee to read a new report and write a letter on behalf of our Provincial Parks:
Are you heading out into the great outdoors this May long weekend? I’m excited to be visiting the South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area to enjoy the beautiful scenery, and maybe I’ll be lucky enough to see some rare birds like the sage thrasher or grasshopper sparrow.
If you do get out to explore this weekend, chances are you will be visiting one of Canada’s magnificent provincial or national parks or protected areas.
Canadians love nature, and here in BC, we are very lucky that our parks protect some of the best of the province. Whether you want to hike old-growth trails, visit an awe-inspiring waterfall or simply sit on the beach and reconnect with the wild – you can do it all in a provincial park.
Unfortunately, right now our incredible BC parks are in trouble. A decade of neglect has seen parks close, trails fall into disrepair, visits decline and park rangers become an endangered species. In fact, the BC Auditor General found that the provincial government was “not meeting its goal” to conserve the ecological integrity of our protected area system.
We can change this.
The Wilderness Committee has just produced a new educational report on BC’s provincial parks, which you can read here. With this report you can learn about the challenges our parks face and the simple solutions that can help repair our park system.
As many of you know, Tuesday night BC re-elected a Liberal government. As they head into their next four-year mandate, let’s make sure they make our parks a priority.
The good news is that surveys show 95% of British Columbians believe provincial parks are “important” or “very important.” So when you stand up for BC’s parks, you’re in good company. Over the past decade, people speaking up for parks have kept private for-profit resorts out of our protected areas, and were responsible for removing the wildly unpopular – and money-losing – parking meters. We can do the same for increasing BC Parks’ impoverished operational budget.
We know our parks are worth protecting. Please join me in taking five minutes to let BC’s returning Premier Christy Clark know how much you value our parks and want them properly funded and protected.
Gwen Barlee | Policy Director Wilderness Committee
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