Mt. Begbie. (Submitted)

Environmental society wants to protect Mt. Begbie from development

The NCES sent a letter to the regional district director asking for support

The North Columbia Environmental Society wants to protect Mt. Begbie from development.

Though there are no current Crown land applications in the area according to the province’s website, the society wants to ensure Mt. Begbie stays untouched.

“I don’t know anyone who doesn’t look up at that mountain and love that we have a glacier in our viewscape from everywhere in town,” said Sarah Newton, director of fundraising for the society. “It is very, very special.”

They have sent a letter to David Brooks-Hill, Area B director, enlisting his help in asking the Columbia Shuswap Regional District to make Mt. Begbie a regional district park.

“The CSRD has numerous regional parks in all electoral areas with the exception of Area B, and our parks plan is being worked on right now,” the letter reads. “The North Columbia Environmental Society strongly suggests adding Mount Begbie as Area B’s first regional park.”

Ryan Nitchie, team leader for community services and operations management for the CSRD said that there is no current parks plan for Area B and no substantial function or budget for the area.

“However, if the Area Director and Board wish to develop a parks plan and establish a budget, and that is their direction, we would move forward,” he said in an email.

READ MORE: Regional district backs more consultation on plans to help caribou

The society’s letter outlined the importance of Mt. Begbie as “more than the home of local glaciers.”

“It is habitat for wolverines, mountain caribou, grizzly bears, black bears, beaver, cougar, moose, to name just a few of the signature mammals of our region,” the letter says. “More study is needed of this area in order to know what flora and fauna need to be protected from future development.”

Current recreational access to the mountain is what Newton called “healthy”-it is accessible to everyone, not just those who can pay and it is a place people have to enjoy under their own steam.

“Let’s keep the fossil-fuel-free recreation as the goal,” Newton said.

Newton also brought forward a motion to the City of Revelstoke’s Environmental Advisory Committee on April 18 asking that they request that city council work with the regional district to develop a management and protection plan for Mt. Begbie.

“While neither the City nor the CSRD has the power to directly manage these issues, if both the City and CSRD put Expressions of Interest forward to the province on the need to manage this area for its iconic values then hopefully this will be the start of protecting this area,” the motion read.

The society hopes to meet with Brooks-Hill to further discuss this issue before summer.


 

@JDoll_Revy
jocelyn.doll@revelstokereview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Revelstoke golfer heading to 55+ Summer Games

At 90 Audrey Lally does it for the exercise

Finding a career and finding family

When Marie-Pier Rodrigue-Jacques moved to Revelstoke in October 2015 she couldn’t find… Continue reading

Revelstoke artist paints mural at Free Spirit Sports

Free Spirit Sports has come a long way since the days of… Continue reading

Highway 1 closed east of Revelstoke May 25

Highway 1 is closed east of Revelstoke near Canyon Hot Springs due… Continue reading

Revelstoke Maternity Project survey available now

Researchers want to know about the Revelstoke maternity experience

Police say it’s “impressive” no arrests were made after Raptors celebrations

Toronto will play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors next

KFD, COSAR rescue injured Okanagan hiker

Rescue happened after 1 p.m. on Lost Lake Trail in Kelowna after woman injured her leg

Social media giants in hot seat as politicians consider regulations in Ottawa

Committee members will also grill representatives from Facebook, Twitter

Neighbours help save Okanagan garage fire from spreading

Neighbours knock down fire enough before BX-Swan Lake firefighters arrive to fully extinguish

UBC researchers want to hear from rural residents on health care

Once completed, the project will inform health care planning and policy decisions

Kamloops RCMP investigate violent home invasion

Police believe the incident was targeted

Wildfire crews watching for dangerous wind shift in High Level, Alta.

The Chuckegg Creek fire is raging out of control about three kilometres southwest of the town

UN urges Canada to take more vulnerable Mexican migrants from Central America

The request comes as the United States takes a harder line on its Mexican border

Most Read