Join with MLA at Spahats picnic in Wells Gray Park

The long-term needs of Wells Gray Park in its 75th birthday year will be presented

To the editor;

Please join MLA Terry Lake and friends at Spahats Picnic area on Saturday 28 June for an informational tour of the Clearwater Valley.

This event is being hosted by the Wells Gray Action Committee in response to growing public interest in a wide-ranging public discussion of Canfor’s plans to begin logging the valley later this year. Highlights will include: (1) a brief overview of the valley’s volcanic features and upcoming bid for UNESCO Geopark status; (2) impacts of logging in the past and resident concerns over renewed logging; (3) plans by Thompson Rivers University for a field station in the valley;  (4) the link between Clearwater and the park and the pros and cons of keeping it strong; and (5) the long-term needs of Wells Gray Park in its 75th birthday year.

Terry Lake has kindly agreed to come and listen. Invited speakers include volcanologist Cathie Hickson, TRU Research Centre representative Nancy Flood, local tourism operator Tay Briggs, woodlot owner and RPF George Briggs, and long-time Wells Gray naturalist Trevor Goward.  Local resident Ellen Ferguson will MC the event.

The event begins at 10 a.m. sharp on Saturday 28. We’ll meet at the  ‘million dollar view’ at the Spahats Viewpoint and then carpool up-valley, making a few stops along the way.

The tour will finish at about 1:00 p.m. with snacks and refreshments at the beautiful TRU Wilderness Centre Outreach Area. Be sure to carry water and a camera!

Erik Milton

Wells Gray Action Committee