Christy Clark's Future Strategy for BC Parks is John Horgan's today
BC Parks' Future Strategy has Christy Clark written all over it. I recently received an email from Jim Standen, the assistant deputy minister for BC Parks in which it confirms the BC Liberal direction for BC Parks established in November 2016 continues as government policy of the present NDP government.
In a nutshell, there are four goals: (1) conservation, (2) recreation, (3) public partnerships, (4) recognizing aboriginal connection to the land.
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Read the Future Strategy here: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/.../BC-Parks-Future-Strategy.pdf
More than 14 million hectares of provincial parks and protected areas in B.C. have been established in large part to help protect the province’s stunning biodiversity. Of all the provinces and territories in Canada, B.C. has the most diverse species and ecosystems (or biodiversity), and it also has the most protected land.
To help understand how well that land is protecting biodiversity, BC Parks needs to know more about the plants, animals and other living things that are found in our parks. Maintaining B.C.’s biodiversity is essential to keep our ecosystems healthy as the climate changes and to protect our province’s supply of clean air and water. So with the support of many partners, and funding through the BC Parks Licence Plate Program, BC Parks is working on building a better picture of what is protected in our parks."
VISITATION TO BC PARKS, by most estimation, has grown in recent years.
But that's not what was borne out in the agency's most recent statistics report, which covers from March 2017 to March 2018.
It found a slight decrease in total park attendance from the previous year: from 24,815,157 to 23,562,482.
Moreover, it noted a dramatic drop in visitation to South Coast parks, saying visitation decreased by about 2 million visitors between 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Most glaringly, the report said that Mount Seymour Park went from 930,650 to 487,085 visitors (a drop of almost 50 per cent), and busy Cypress Provincial Park went from 1,712,879 visitors to 208,453 visitors (a drop of nearly 90 per cent).
The discrepancies—which fly in the face of anecdotal evidence—were pointed out by local outdoor recreation advocate Steve Jones, and BC Parks responded quickly by taking the report off of its website and pledging to review the report and correct any errors, but not before some media outlets reported the faulty data.Full Article: https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler-news/bc-parks-pulls-statistical-report-after-significant-errors-are-identified-2507583