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The Legacy Panel's Recommendations for Enhancing Long-Term Sustainability of British Columbia's Protected Areas System. Chaired by Mark Angelo. Released in February 1999.

Management planning in BC Parks uses zoning to assist in the planning and management of British Columbia’s protected areas1. In general terms, zoning divides an area into logical units to apply consistent management objectives for protection of protected area values. The zones reflect the intended land use, existing patterns of use, the degree of human use desired, and the level of management and development required. Zoning provides visitors and managers with a quick visual representation and appreciation on how a particular protected area is managed. Zoning is a mandatory requirement for all protected areas except ecological reserves.

Striking The Balance (1991)
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Striking the Balance is a historical policy document that previously guided BC Parks’ management planning processes. It describes the two pillars of the parks system—conservation and recreation.

BC Parks Future Strategy (2016)
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Introduced in November 2016 by the BC Liberal government. BC Parks’ Future Strategy: Securing the natural legacy through innovation, sustainability and partnership. It describes the four pillars of the parks system—conservation, recreation, partnerships, First Nations engagement.

BC Parks' document summarising how it came up with the visitor caps in 2020 with an intent to use them in 2021.

Order by the executive director of regional operations, Bob Austad, to close all provincial parks, recreation areas, conservancies and ecological reserves. The order is made in response to COVID-19 for the purposes of human health and safety.

The Squamish Chief reports, the executive director of regional operations at BC Parks, Bob Austad, walks back his closure on April 8th of provincial parks, conservancies, recreation areas and ecological reserves. The article says the decision to close the parks was arbitrary and it was untrue that the closure was recommended by the provincial health officer and the minister of health.

Top level organization chart for Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy as of May 2021