BC Gov’t

It seems that the Province of British Columbia has reopened the debate on what was a proposed National Park between Oliver, Osoyoos and Cawston, BC. The Province is not yet willing to commit to “National Park” negotiations, so they are proposing a compromise. The news release can be found in several local and regional newspapers, including the Penticton Western News at http://www.pentictonwesternnews.com/news/321829661.html

You have until October 12, 2015 to respond to the BC Government’s “Policy Intention Paper” http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/planning/protected-areas-framework-s-okanagan.html

Here’s the PDF document outlining the BC Government’s latest proposal (you may need to copy and paste this link):

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/planning/pdfs/ip-protected-areas-framework-so.pdf

Did you know that you can camp on BC wilderness Crown Land for two weeks unhindered as long as you look after the place?  Unlike a National Park, you don’t need a permit.

If you see something that needs improving in the laws and regulations listed on this page, I urge you to contact MLA Linda Larson who serves as the Member of the BC Legislature for Boundary-Similkameen.  Her website is found at http://lindalarsonmla.ca/

In case you think the Province of British Columbia is asleep at the switch, you may wish to first educate yourself.  Begin by reading the following laws and regulations that are intended to protect the wilderness:

BC Range Act http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/04071_01#section55

BC Forest And Range Practices Act http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/02069_01

BC Livestock Act http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96270_01

BC Ecological Reserve Act http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96103_01

The BC Ecological Reserve Regulations http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/335_75

The BC Park Act http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96344_01

The BC Park, Conservancy and Recreation Regulation http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/180_90_00

The Protected Areas Of British Columbia Act http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/LOC/complete/statreg/–%20P%20–/Protected%20Areas%20of%20British%20Columbia%20Act%20[SBC%202000]%20c.%2017/00_Act/00017_00.htm

The BC Ministry Of Lands, Parks and Housing Act http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96307_01

The BC Ministry Of Environment Act http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96299_01

The BC Environment And Land Use Act http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96117_01

The BC Land Act http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96245_01