Current News March 2007
SKAHA - 2007 AND BEYOND
The Land Conservancy of B.C. (TLC) and Skaha rockclimbers have been working hard on this issue, with support from Mountain Equipment Co-op, the Access Society, and others. After considerable effort and negotiations, there is now some public news. Access at Skaha is in place for 2007, and there is an agreement to purchase land that will provide access from 2008 onward. The latter requires substantial fundraising, and will take a lot of work over the next few months. We need $1 million!
1. PARKING AND ACCESS - 2007
Parking will continue at Braesyde Farms through 2007, much as previously. The only public access to Skaha is by parking there and crossing Braesyde land.
The arrangements are:
2. PARKING AND ACCESS - 2008 AND BEYOND
TLC has secured an option to purchase 300 hectares of private land adjoining and immediately to the south of Skaha (sublot 18), closing at the end of April 2007. Once the land is purchased, and necessary services installed, it will provide permanent public access to Skaha, but not until 2008. Thanks to TLC’s partners, a generous donation by the current owner, and other donations, much of the needed money is secured. However, we need to raise $1 million, by the end of April, to finalize the purchase. The climbing community must do everything it can to help raise this money.
3. WHAT YOU CAN DO
4. SUPPORT THE LAND CONSERVANCY
TLC will be the conduit for all Skaha-related donations. They prefer that you not only make a donation, but that you also become a member. As with all non-profits, resources of all kinds are important, including members and money.
TLC has proven a faithful friend of the climbing community. Many remember the Stawamus Chief gondola proposal of 2004. The Access Society helped lead the successful opposition to the gondola. Since then, TLC has (with help) bought the land that was to be the gondola base (the gravel pit), ensuring that inappropriate development didn't threaten the values of Stawamus Chief and Shannon Falls Provincial Parks. The land is being leased to the Sea-to-Sky Highway project contractor, which helps pay for the purchase, and gives some time to consider what to do with it. TLC is also working on other Squamish-area projects that would benefit the climbing community.
4. ACCESS SOCIETY ROLE
The Access Society will be doing all we can to help raise the needed funds, and work with TLC. This will include:
5. MORE INFORMATION
Special thanks to TLC, Bill Turner, MEC, Hugh Dunlop, Howie Richardson, Hugh Lenney, Drew Fullerton, Russ Turner and Sean Dougherty for all their help with this.
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