Dear Mr Minister,
I am writing to you regarding STRATHCONA PROVINCIAL WILDERNESS PARK, B.C.’s first, and oldest, Provincial Park.The flag ship of the B.C. Parks system. As a park user I have seen with great dismay the deplorable state of this park first hand. Trails closed, bridges broken & dangerously damaged, lack of staff of any type, many areas badly in need of maintenance!
For a Park just about to celebrate it’s 100 year anniversary, next year, this is just unacceptable, a disgrace to the people of B.C. and, to all the tourists , and park visitors this year as well. Over the years many, many people, groups & clubs have involved themselves with looking after, defending, and caring for Strathcona Park. By volunteering to build and maintaining trails and infrastructures, plus, keeping its wilderness values intact for future generations to come.There is even an Official Master Plan for looking after the park which has worked fine for over 20 years, BUT, has now been “GUTTED” and bypassed by you, Sir, and your government.This is by allowing a privately owned company(John Cayton’s,Clayoquot Wilderness Resort) access to Strathcona Wilderness Park, for their exclusive private horse use.This despite the 20 years of work from the B.C.Government’s Public Advisory Committee saying “No” -HORSES IN THE PARK- Plus an overwhelming majority of the public also saying “NO” to this suggestion.West coast wilderness cannot take horse use, and abuse, at any time. The General Public have said “NO” Minister Penner many, many times over the years.
“LOUD AND CLEAR – NO HORSES IN STRATHCONA PROVINCIAL PARK”
Regarding the process of allowing private commercial horse use in the park.How can one privately owned resort be allowed to bypass and change the public master plan? Over the years many people have stood up to defend Strathcona Provincial Park, the 1988 blockade, the Public Advisory Committee, City councils, hiking, alpine, natural history clubs and other organizations, Let us not have to resort, once again, to civil disobedience, and, public protest, Sir. BUT, if the people have to, they will again !!
I would like to hear your views Sir regarding the lack of maintenance in Strathcona, and why has the Master Plan “NOT” been followed, as recommended by the Public Advisory Committee seeing as it has worked so well over the last 20 years?
Awaiting your reply Sir. And, I looking forward to hearing from you, Sir?
Mrs Adel Routledge,Cumberland,B.C.
Dedicated, lifetime, park supporter and tax payer of B.C.