Parks Canada schedules quartet
of park information sessions

On the heels of an evening of talk that largely opposed a proposed national park in the South Okanagan-Similkameen, Parks Canada is scheduling a quartet of public information sessions.

After undertaking what it calls “broad and extensive consultations with local residents, stakeholders, and all Canadians” to hear views on a proposed boundary for the proposed national park reserve and management of the lands, Parks Canada says it now wants to share feedback it received.

The sessions are scheduled for:

Tuesday, May 14
Noon to 8 p.m.
Venables Theatre, 6100 Gala Street
Oliver, B.C.

Wednesday, May 15
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sonora  Community Centre, 8505 68th Ave
Osoyoos, B.C.

4 – 8 p.m.
Keremeos Victory Hall, 427-7th Avenue/Hwy 3
Keremeos, B.C.

Thursday May 16
Noon – 8 p.m.
Shatford Centre, 760 Main Street
Penticton, B.C.

Parks Canada says it will have staff at each session to answer questions.

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Input from the public consultations will also be published May 13 in the “What We Heard” report–developed by a third-party consultant on the Let’s Talk South Okanagan-Similkameen website.

“The goal is to have an agreement on a final boundary for the proposed national park reserve by summer 2019,” Parks Canada said in a statement. “Afterwards, steps would be undertaken towards the formal establishment of a national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen.”

The national agency says a new national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen “would protect 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 for generations to come.”

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

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