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B.C. municipalities support South Okanagan Similkameen national park establishment

Whistler, BC -- CPAWS-BC congratulates the members of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) for passing a resolution put forward by the Town of Osoyoos today in support of the proposed South Okanagan National Park Reserve. The resolution asks the provincial government to re-engage with the Government of Canada in formal discussions regarding the proposed national park reserve, and was supported by municipal leaders and elected officials across the province. Click here for the full media release from the Town of Osoyoos.

This support, combined with a resolution recently passed by the B.C. Chamber of Commerce to support the park concept and the widespread local support within the region, demonstrates that this is an issue of great importance to the province at large and also demonstrates a renewed energy and momentum towards the creation of the park.

The opportunity to create a national park in this region will provide protection for a unique and incredibly diverse ecological region of Canada, which serves as a refuge for many species at risk, and will also bring economic and social benefits to local communities.

Click here for full text of resolutions being voted on at the UBCM Convention [Click here for excerpt with Resolution B122: National Park in the South Okanagan Similkameen]

For more information on the campaign to protect the grasslands and species of the South Okanagan Similkameen, click here.

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Peter Wood, Director of Terrestrial Campaigns, CPAWS-BC
(604) 761-3075