S Okanagan National Park

Visiting a national park is a fun way to spend a summer weekend. For those of you who enjoy such activity, you might be interested in knowing that a new park may be in the making in the Southern Okanagan region of B.C.

Set in rolling hillsides, this proposed park is just a four-hour drive from Vancouver, Chloe O’Loughlin, Executive Director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s (CPAW’s) B.C. chapter wrote recently in the Vancouver Sun.

OkanaganOnce created, this park would be home to 56 species at risk, as well as provide grounds for migrating songbirds. It will involve a conservation partnership between science and local knowledge, including First Nations and longtime ranchers. As well, for anyone who likes to see stars at night, the park may possibly be a Dark Skies National Park, from which you can view millions of stars.

The federal feasibility study for this national park began in 2004. It was supposed to take two years; it’s now in its seventh year. CPAW wants the government to make a decision, which hopefully be in favor of establishing this national park. If you’d like to help, they are running a campaign on their website in which you can write Peter Kent, Canada’s Minister of the Environment, and Christy Clark, B.C.’s Premier, and request that they make a favorable decision.

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