An informational meeting this month about the proposed Natural Park Reserve for the Okanagan-Similkameen will be open to the public.

The meeting, hosted by the South Okanagan-Similkameen Preservation Society, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 23 at the Sonora Centre in Osoyoos.

Local stakeholders, representatives of conservation groups and First Nations speakers have been invited.

An invite has also been extended to Parks Canada.

Topics will include a possible referendum, alternative options for the area for conservation and new ideas.

The meeting — an open-mic session — follows a protest in mid-March in front of the Town of Osoyoos office — a mid-afternoon gathering to garner support for a local vote on the Parks Canada proposal.

That effort was in response to a unanimous March 5 Osoyoos Council decision not to support a call by Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson for a local referendum.

A similar request made by the MLA in Oliver was supported by that Town’s Council.

Divergent views on the park process are available on the SOSPS website and sosnationalpark.

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