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LETTER: It's time to fix B.C.'s chronically underfunded parks

"There are decades' worth of maintenance and planning to do, to keep up with demand for outdoor recreation while safeguarding nature."
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Visitors to BC Parks and forestry recreation sites now have access to 431 new campsites throughout the province. File photo

The following letter was submitted to the Tri-City News from a Coquitlam resident

The Editor,

The current health pandemic has shone a light on the cracks in many of our public systems, and BC Parks is no exception. B.C.’s provincial parks have been chronically underfunded since the early 2000’s, with minimal resources to manage nearly 15% of the land in our province.

This lack of funding has caused many issues within parks. Parks rangers are few and far between, leaving areas with no one to monitor for illegal activity such as wildlife poaching and dumping. There are decades' worth of maintenance and planning to do, to keep up with demand for outdoor recreation while safeguarding nature.

As B.C. reopens our communities and green lights local travel, camping and hiking in provincial parks provide one of the most affordable and spectacular ways to explore the province. To keep these places open safely, we must invest in B.C.’s parks. 

Investing in parks means investing in community wellbeing. 

Contained in the government's election commitments was a promise to maintain and improve facilities and services in our parks. Now is the time to live up to those promises.

James Scott, Coquitlam

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