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LETTER: Against Zincton resort development

From reader Iain Exner

Will you support our great southern British Columbian wilderness and help give a voice to the wilderness and the wildlife that inhabits it?

Multiple opposition groups including Y2Y, Valhalla Wilderness Society, Wildsight and Hunters for BC have taken a stand to protect a critical B.C. wilderness corridor and all of its wildlife inhabitants in an area known as Zincton, located roughly mid-way between Kaslo and New Denver, within the Goat Range of the great Southern Selkirk Mountains.

The proposed tenure being opposed is known as the Zincton Resort project.

Within this area, one man has proposed to develop 11,000 acres of prime wilderness habitat into a four-season resort including a gondola. The gondola is planned to run from the proposed resort site situated on 70 acres of privately owned land, onto Crown land, and continuing up to the high alpine on London Ridge amidst the most prominent peaks in the area, Mt. Brennan and Mt. Whitewater.

This wilderness area and its wildlife have seen intense development in recent years from both the Retallack and Stellar adventure tourism businesses. Both operate similar mountain adventure businesses to the proposed Zincton resort.

If Zincton is approved, the delicate balance of biodiversity and wilderness in this area and across southern B.C. will tip toward a human-first model of wilderness use. This is the main objective that we are making our stand against, where the volume of undisturbed wilderness is outweighed by the volume of land under human use and development. The irony of these types of backcountry tenures, that put profits over wilderness, is that they are based on selling the experience of tranquility in the wild and all of the magic that surrounds it. A true wilderness experience?

On behalf of all of the inhabitants that presently call the Zincton area home, thank you for standing with us.

Iain Exner

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