Researched and written to safeguard Whistlers natural areas, the draft version of the Protected Areas Network document is now ready for review online.
It is the culmination of roughly two years work and flows from the Whistler Environmental Strategy, which was adopted in 2002.
PAN was developed to protect Whistlers important natural areas and their ecological connectivity. It also strives to ensure that future development and land use activities are located on the most suitable lands.
Among the sensitive ecosystems identified in PAN are: wetlands, riparian areas, alluvial forests and old growth and mature forests.
Three general levels of protection have also been developed, beginning with PAN 1 Preservation, PAN 2 Conservation and PAN 3 Ecosystem Management.
Review the draft work online at www.whistler.ca under Toward Sustainability. Any questions or comments can be sent to Mike Kirkegaard or Melissa Laidlaw in the municipal planning and development services department.
An open house on PAN will be scheduled in November.