Members of the public are invited to provide comment on the proposed new Tsaa Nuna conservancy, until May 25, 2018.
The proposed Tsaa Nuna conservancy, 65 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John and 35 kilometres northeast of the Butler Ridge Provincial Park, covers 5,975 hectares of land along the southern shore of Halfway River.
The conservancy is intended to protect the high cultural values and wildlife habitats of the area. The land within the proposed conservancy is of historic and continuing significance for the practice of Treaty Rights by Halfway River First Nation.
In March 2017, the Province and Halfway River First Nation signed a government-to-government agreement, which included working together to recommend that a conservancy be established in an area of high cultural significance to the community. The Province is seeking to understand how this proposal may impact third parties and the public.
An open house will also be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Room 202 at Northern Lights College in Fort St. John.
Written comments can be mailed or emailed until May 25, 2018 to:
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
100 – 10003 110th Ave.
Fort St. John, B.C.
The conservancy designation explicitly recognizes the importance of these areas to First Nations for social, ceremonial and cultural uses. Conservancies provide for a wider range of low-impact, compatible economic opportunities than Class A parks. However, commercial logging, mining and hydroelectric power generation, other than local run-of-the-river projects, are prohibited.
For more information on the proposal, please visit: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/govtogetherbc/consultation/tsaa-nuna/