SQUAMISH, BC, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The Squamish Nation and BC Parks
signed two park management plans today marking their first
collaborative achievement under the 2007 agreement for the management
of protected areas in the Squamish Nation traditional territory.
The celebratory signing recognized the completion of the
Esté-tiwilh/Sigurd Creek Conservancy Management Plan and the
Brackendale Eagles Park, Baynes Island Ecological Reserve and Tantalus
Park Management Plan.
"This is an important day for our people, and we are proud to have
worked with the Province of BC to protect these important and sacred
sites," said Chief Gibby Jacob from the Squamish Nation. "This work
builds on the vision of the Squamish People to develop the Xay Temíxw - Sacred Lands land use plan that protects our territories and Wild Spirit Places,"
added Chief Jacob.
These management plans provide direction for the protection and
management of almost 13,000 hectares of land extending from the
Squamish River Valley to the mountainous peaks of the Tantalus Range,
which provide important habitat for wildlife including bald eagles and
"Today, we celebrate the work of a very committed group of people," said
Environment Minister Terry Lake, "I wish to offer my sincere thanks to
the Squamish Nation and other community members for working with BC
Parks to collaboratively develop the park management plans for these
valuable protected areas."
The Esté-tiwilh/Sigurd Creek Conservancy Management Plan was developed
collaboratively by BC Parks and Squamish Nation to guide the management
of this conservancy, which was established as an outcome of the Sea to
Sky Land and Resource Management Plan. The conservancy protects a
portion of the Esté-tiwilh Wild Spirit Place situated on the west side
of the Squamish River between the Ashlu and Elaho watersheds.
The Brackendale Eagles Park, Baynes Island Ecological Reserve and
Tantalus Park Management Plan was developed from 2000 to 2003 with
input from an advisory group that involved stakeholders from the local
community. In 2009, Squamish Nation provided input into the plan so
that the management direction for these protected areas reflects the
knowledge and interests of the Squamish people.
SOURCE Squamish Nation
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