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Sea to Sky LRMP stakeholders still subject to change

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Government asking for community input on representation

The Land and Resource Management Plan process is changing, and interested parties got their first glimpse of the changes this week.

Fifteen tentative stakeholders have been identified to take part in the Sea to Sky Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP).

As the LRMP process gets underway throughout the summer, those 15 stakeholders will be subject to change through a series of public forums in Pemberton, Whistler and Squamish.

"It could change base on the comments we hear from you," Dave Tudhope, project manager with the Sea to Sky LRMP, said at a public forum in Pemberton on Tuesday night.

"If we were just going to go ahead and do what we wanted, we wouldn’t be having these meetings."

The current conditional list of LRMP representatives includes one seat for each of the following:

• Agriculture

• Commercial Recreation/Tourism

• Community Economic Development

• Environment - Conservation

• Environment - Fish and Wildlife

• Forestry - Tree Farm Licensed area (Interfor)

• Forestry - Non-Tree Farm Licensed area

• Public Recreation - Motorized

• Public Recreation - Non-motorized

• Subsurface Resources and Aggregates

• Water (Independent Power Producers and others)

• Local/Regional Governments

• First Nations

There will also be two seats within the 15 for the provincial government, one as a chair and one as a facilitator.

Unlike previous LRMPs, some of which had up to 60 different voices at the table, there will be no government bodies like the Ministry of Forests or B.C. Parks represented at the Sea to Sky LRMP.

By drastically reducing the number of stakeholders, Tudhope said the government is hoping to streamline the LRMP process.

"In terms of the process we’re using, it’s different than what we’ve done in the past," said Tudhope, who has been involved in three other LRMPs, two of which have been approved and one which is in the process of approval.

In addition to limiting the number of stakeholders involved, there will also be tighter timeframes and deadlines.

Tudhope said the Okanagan-Shuswap LRMP, in which he was most recently involved, took five years to complete, whereas the Sea to Sky LRMP is scheduled to be ready for implementation after government approval in December 2003.

"(The stakeholders) won’t be allowed an unlimited amount of time to make decisions," he said.

If two or more of the stakeholder groups cannot agree on an issue, they will be asked to hash it out amongst themselves, away from the table. If they still cannot agree, they will be asked to develop options and alternatives and ultimately, the government will make the final decision.

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