Two months. That’s how much time there is left on the clock. On October 12, 2014, the Jumbo Glacier Resort’s Environmental Certificate will expire unless they "substantially commence" construction on their mega project in the heart of the Purcells. This summer is pivotal.
Glacier Resorts Ltd. will be doing everything they can to start construction - and we'll be working as hard as we can to keep Jumbo Wild. There’s a lot going on and we need your help.
This summer, Glacier Resorts has announced plans for construction in both the Jumbo and Farnham Valleys. Every year, they have plans for summer activities or construction, but so far, nothing has happened. This year, their rumoured plans include foundations for day lodges in both valleys, plus water reservoirs and ski lifts.
To start construction, Glacier Resorts must satisfy the 195 legally-binding commitments (read them here) attached to their Environmental Certifiate. If construction begins and these conditions have not been satisfied, the Environmental Assessment Office has the power to halt construction.
These extensive conditions cannot possibly have been satisfied with the little minimal work done thus far. Our letter here to the Environmental Assessment Office outlines the conditions that haven't been met. Two weeks ago, we met with members of the Compliance and Enforcement team from the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO). They were on-site, touring the Jumbo Valley and meeting with key stakeholders as part of their review process. We will continue to work with the EAO to make sure that construction doesn't proceed before these legally-binding conditions are satisfied.
Monitoring: Can you help?
There are two ways that you can help: by taking day trips up the Jumbo and Farnham forest service roads to document any work or by spending some time in the monitoring camp. This month, a group of citizens will be establishing an informal camp in the Jumbo Valley to provide 24/7 monitoring.
If you want to help with day trip monitoring, your first shift will be with one of our veteran monitors who will show you the ropes, share the history, and let you know what to watch for. If you want to join the camp, you'll be joining other citizens commited to keeping Jumbo Wild. To join the monitoring crew, please connect with the monitoring schedulers:
If you are in the East Kootenay, please contact: email@example.com
Those that join the camp will be asked to agree to the Camp Protocol, which you'll receive when you sign up.
We thank you in advance for your time and continued commitment to keeping Jumbo Wild!
Eco Society Legal Challenge Update
Last week, the Eco Society moved one step closer to their day in court. They filed an amended petition, requesting for a judicial review into the creation of the Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality, a town with no people, an appointed mayor and council, and a budget made up of BC taxpayer dollars. Read more here.
Here's to the final chapter and to keeping Jumbo Wild,
For the Jumbo Wild Team
Photo Credits: Steve Shannon Photography and Pat Morrow
Find out more and take action at www.keepitwild.ca