Send a letter – or even better, make a phone call – to local and provincial government representatives and let them know what you think.
This is essential right now. It can make a big difference when politicians and decision-makers hear from us.
Here are a few points you could include in your letter:
- Local and regional landscape level planning by government, in consultation with local stakeholders, is desperately needed for this New Denver-Kaslo corridor before any applications for development are allowed to proceed.
- This area is a critical wildlife corridor, connecting Valhalla, Goat Range and Kokanee Glacier Parks. It is core habitat for blue-listed grizzly bear, wolverine, mountain goat, and western toad (a federally listed species-at-risk). Alpine, subalpine, wetlands, and 39 creeks in the proposed development area make this is a sensitive area in need of conservation.
- As a treasured area important to locals and visitors who recreate, gather food, and hunt, it seems unjust to allow one developer to hold exclusive control over these cherished public lands. The Zincton proposal plans to attract over 1,700 visitors PER DAY to the area – an overwhelming increase in the impact to this land.
- Recreationists continue to get squeezed out by commercial interests. Multiple adventure tourism operators already have tenures in this area, resulting in increasingly limited public access.
- These lands are called Piq kiʔláwnaʔ – the Sinixt word for the rare White Grizzly. The Autonomous Sinixt strongly oppose this development. It is unthinkable that in B.C. and Canada today, where reconciliation is of utmost importance, that government would allow a private company to appropriate yet another area of land traditionally used by indigenous people.
- The Zincton proposal will have a negative socio-economic impact on established local communities, as is demonstrated in studies on the effects of resort developments. Increased demand for seasonal real estate creates housing shortages and soaring property taxes, leaving full-time residents out in the cold.
- Tourism is not a saviour. All local surveys and research show that residents want to develop the region through attracting full time residents with innovative approaches that allow for a diverse, ecologically intact, and economically robust community.
Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operation & Rural Development
Hon. Katrine Conroy, MLA Kootenay West
Castlegar Constituency office: Katrine.Conroy.MLA@leg.bc.ca, Ph: 250-304-2783
Victoria: FLNR.Minister@gov.bc.ca, Ph: 250-387-6240
Minister of State for Lands, Natural Resource Operations
Hon. Nathan Cullen, MLA Stikine
nathan.cullen.MLA@leg.bc.ca Ph: 250-387-3655.
Minister of Environment & Climate Change Strategy
Hon. George Heyman, MLA Vancouver-Fairview
ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca, Ph: 250-387-1187
Minister of Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation
Hon. Murray Rankin, MLA Oak Bay-Gordon Head
ABR.Minister@gov.bc.ca Ph: 250-953-4844.
Village of Silverton
CAO – Hillary Elliott
P.O. Box 14, Silverton B.C. V0G 2B0
Councillors – Tanya Gordon, Leah Main, Arlene Yofonoff
Village of New Denver
Acting CAO – Catherine Allaway
P.O. Box 40, New Denver, B.C. V0G 1S0
Mayor – Leonard Casley
Councillors – John Fyke, Vern Gustafson, Colin Moss, Gerald Wagner
Area H Representative – Walter Popoff
P.O. Box 590, Nelson B.C. V1L 5R4
Area D representative – Aimee Watson
P.O. Box 902, Kaslo V0G 1M0
Village of Kaslo representative – Suzan Hewat
P.O. Box 753, Kaslo V0G 1M0
MLA – Nelson /Creston
Nelson Constituency Office
433 Josephine Street
Nelson, B.C. V1L 1W4
Member of Parliment – S. Okanagan – W.Kootenay