Public Consultation Results on Proposed National Park
Results from the public consultation regarding the proposed National Park Reserve in the South Okanagan – Similkameen
The following is copied from an email sent May 7th:
Proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen “What We Heard” Report – Public Information Sessions
In support of its commitment to openness and transparency, Parks Canada will be hosting public information sessions to provide an overview of the feedback received during the public consultations on the proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen. Parks Canada undertook broad and extensive consultations with residents of the region, stakeholders and all Canadians to obtain their views on the proposed boundary for the proposed national park reserve and key aspects for consideration in the management of the lands. The input received will inform the assessment of the establishment of the national park reserve. To ensure that timely, accurate and clear information is shared with the public, Parks Canada will publish the “What We Heard” report from the public consultations, which was developed by a third-party consultant, on the Let’s Talk South Okanagan-Similkameen web site on May 13.
The public information sessions will take place as follows:
Tuesday, May 14 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Venables Theatre, 6100 Gala Street
Oliver, B.C. Wednesday, May 15 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sonora Community Centre, 8505 68th Ave Osoyoos, B.C. 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Keremeos Victory Hall, 427-7th Avenue/Hwy 3
Thursday May 16
12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Shatford Centre, 760 Main Street Penticton, B.C.
Parks Canada staff will be on site to answer questions. The goal is to have an agreement on a final boundary for the proposed national park reserve by summer 2019. Steps would then be undertaken towards the formal establishment of a national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen.
A new national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen would protect and represent one of the most endangered natural regions in Canada and enable this inspiring landscape to be shared with Canadians and visitors from around the world.
Sarah Boyle, M.Sc., P. Biol Project Manager / Gestionnaire de projet, South Okanagan - Similkameen / Okanagan Sud - Similkameen Protected Areas Establishment Branch / Direction de l’établissement des aires protégées Parks Canada / Parcs Canada