Whitewater Mountain, part of the proposed development. Photos by Douglas Noblet, Wild Air Photography

Take action: Keep the central Selkirks wild


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The public comment period on the initial proposal for the Zincton resort has ended. Read more about the proposal and what it would mean for wildlife.

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A massive ski resort has been proposed in the Central Selkirk mountains between Kaslo and New Denver. The public comment period has begun; this is your chance to speak up.

The proposal would cover 55 square kilometres of the mountains north of Highway 31A, bordering Goat Range Provincial Park. The developer says he wants to make these wild mountains like Switzerland: a ski resort for up to 1,500 skiers daily, a real estate and village development in the middle of the mountains, and year round recreation in the middle of important wildlife habitat.

Intensive backcountry development and recreation are already stressing sensitive wildlife populations in the Central Selkirks. Adding a ski hill will only make things much worse.

Development within this area, including a lot of year-round recreation, will displace wildlife such as grizzly bears, wolverines and mountain goats from important habitat and threaten population stability for these critters by cutting off critical animal trails (known as wildlife corridors). Read more about the resort proposal.

Please take the time to speak up today. We encourage you to write a letter in your own voice. Key issues with this proposal:

  • The best way to protect wildlife is to stop encroaching on their habitat.
  • The Central Selkirks already has more recreational tenures (permissions to operate a recreation business on crown land) than anywhere else in BC.
  • Development will diminish core habitat for sensitive species and could impair connectivity for populations of grizzly bears and wolverines.
  • Adding a resort with up to 1500 skiers and day users will substantially increase traffic volumes on Hwy 31A, further fragmenting wildlife populations.