West Kootenay EcoSociety is asking Front Counter BC to deny an application for heli-skiing tenure near Kokanee Glacer Provincial Park. The Nelson-based environmental society explained in a letter today that the proposed recreation tenure could have significant impacts on caribou, wolverine, and grizzlies as well as sensitive plants, birds, and amphibians.

“There are really three issues here: one is the direct impact to species from increased human contact and noise from helicopters, the second is the impact on the existing recreation experience in and around the park, and the third is the cumulative impact of this proposal on top of all the other impacts in that area,” said David Reid, Executive Director. “There’s very little area left in this region for the wild to just be wild, and we need to protect that as part of our legacy.”

Read the full letter from West Kootenay EcoSociety here. West Kootenay EcoSociety is encouraging members of the public to comment via a web-form that links to Front Counter BC.