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AWARE to examine LRMP plan at Feb. 6 meeting

The Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment wants community input on the Sea to Sky Land and Resource Management Plan currently being discussed by corridor stakeholders.

They are providing the forum for a discussion about the LRMP plan at the next monthly AWARE meeting, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Delta Whistler Resort.

The Sea to Sky LRMP is a government process set up to define a future vision for public land and resources in the corridor. To date plans have been completed for 70 per cent of the province.

The Sea to Sky LRMP is scheduled for completion in the fall and there’s still a lot of work to be done.

"With the tight timeline the government has put this negotiating process on it is important to get the public’s concerns heard now," said Eckhard Zeidler, AWARE’s wilderness backyard campaign co-ordinator.

"...This is still our best opportunity to gather as much information as we can to assist our negotiator at the table. If he doesn’t know about an important concern you may have on the land, your concerns will not be heard."

AWARE will have maps and pens out at the meeting so community members can get their concerns heard.

The group is asking for anyone with data or information that could direct the conservation negotiator at the LRMP table to come along to the meeting.

Meanwhile a community coalition took their message public about the Lillooet LRMP, which is still being reviewed by the province. The coalition hit the road Monday, travelling to Vancouver with stops throughout the corridor to get their point across. They say a balanced solution is possible in the Lillooet planning process, specifically when it comes to the highly contentious South Chilcotin Protected Area.

There are some groups that want to see the park as small as 3,000 hectares and others who would like to see it as big as 71,000 hectares.

The community coalition supports the idea of a 42,000 hectare park, surrounded by an environmental land use reserve that would allow for mining exploration but not timber harvesting.

Local bands to partner in green power projects

Two local First Nations groups are going to get funding from the province to develop partnerships in green power projects.

Geoff Plant, minister responsible for treaty negotiations, announced the funding would be going to the Douglas First Nation and the Mount Currie band.

The funding is coming from the Economic Measures Fund, which is designed to get provincial government ministries and agencies working with First Nations. The fund provides $10 million a year for a period of three years for these types of partnerships.