May 31, 2017
Access and Environment Director
Alpine Club of Canada – Whistler Section
Dear Mr. Leigh:
Thank you for your letter of May 6, 2017, to Tim Sheldan, Deputy Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, regarding your request to establish a Section 58 order to prohibit motorized recreation use of the Twenty-one Mile Creek watershed and surrounding areas.
As referenced in your letter, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations with assistance from the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC, held a joint meeting in early September 2013 with government agencies, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, snowmobile groups, and non-motorized recreationists to find common ground for cooperatively addressing this longstanding issue. All parties in attendance agreed to work together to implement a number of proposed actions to improve education and awareness of non-motorized zones and enhance voluntary compliance.