As stakeholders in our town Council is concerned about protecting our local economy and lifestyle. Backcountry closures are at a crucial juncture and the threat is immediate. Please join us and take action!
Mayor Rysz and Mayor Sulz of Revelstoke travelled to the BC Legislature on Friday, May 24 to deliver the Backcountry Closure Petition with over 12,000 signatures! Watch the video below with both mayors and MLA Greg Kyllo for an update on the petition's status.
Back Country Access Is Being Threatened In British Columbia!
The proposed recommendations within this plan would be devastating to our communities and affect everyone. This action is being rushed by current government pushing forward their own agenda before an election. Don't be fooled, this is much bigger than caribou... We need your voice and believe the provincial government has already made up their mind, neglecting their responsibility to carry out due process and meaningful community consultation basing decisions on biased science which clearly has not been effective in caribou recovery efforts to date. The answer is NOT more closures! This can be stopped at the federal level and there is still hope.
WE DEMAND that all negotiations halt immediately and the Provincial government negotiation teams and all government agencies:
1) Consult openly with ALL users, stakeholders, businesses, and local government
2) Immediately begin economic and socio-economic impact studies on the Columbia Shuswap Region
3) Provide base line data on populations and relevant science based studies to support closures and recovery plans.
Draft Section 11 Agreement and Draft Partnership Agreement The Government of B.C. is asking for your feedback on two draft caribou recovery agreements. You can provide feedback on both agreements from March 21 to May 3, 2019 at 4pm.
Draft Section 11 Agreement Between British Columbia and Canada B.C. and Canada have been developing a bilateral conservation agreement under Section 11 of the Species at Risk Act (referred to as the “Section 11 Agreement”). The draft Section 11 Agreement contains overarching commitments, measures and strategies for the recovery of Southern Mountain Caribou in B.C.
Draft Partnership Agreement Between B.C., Canada, West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations The B.C. government, the federal government, West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations have been negotiating an Inter-Governmental Partnership Agreement for the Conservation of the Central Group of the Southern Mountain Caribou (“Partnership Agreement”). The draft Partnership Agreement applies to the Central Group of Southern Mountain Caribou. This draft Partnership Agreement includes temporary protection of important caribou habitat while a long-term plan is developed through engagement with local communities, stakeholders and Indigenous peoples.
Where can I get more information and learn about the draft agreements? The following documents provide important information to consider when providing your feedback on the draft Section 11 Agreement and the draft Partnership Agreement:
Arc Shapefiles & Google Earth KMLs for Draft Partnership Agreement Zones available on the FTP Site (make ‘FTP Site’ link to this: ftp://ftp.geobc.gov.bc.ca/pub/outgoing/Regional/Northeast/). To download multiple files on the FTP site press ‘Alt’ and click ‘View’ (in the toolbar’ and select ‘open FTP site in File Explorer’)
How can I provide feedback? There are several ways to provide your input:
How can my contribution make a difference? All feedback received will be compiled into a “what we heard” document that will be made publicly available and all input will help inform all parties’ decision-making regarding the finalization and signing of the agreements.
Here are direct contacts to government to write personalized letters on how this will affect you, your business and your community.