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Don't pave paradise and ruin the Cosens Bay Valley

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The Cosens Bay Valley is a place where you can stand and imagine the Okanagan before contact. The grassland sweeps down to the turquoise bay between rugged cliffs and forested mountains. 

BC Parks has tried to purchase a piece of the adjacent hayfield to expand the popular Cosens Bay parking lot, but the Agricultural Land Commission has said no, even though the land wouldn't be taken out of the Agricultural Land Reserve.

With no other option for traffic overflow, BC Parks plans to put a large parking lot in the middle of the grassland on the top bench of the Cosens Bay Valley.

This will destroy the integrity of the only preserved grassland valley of its kind. No longer will you be able to imagine a time before contact. And as you enter Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, cars and trucks in a dusty parking lot will loom above you on the skyline curve of the glacier-carved valley. (See pages 45 and 47 of the KLP Management Plan: https://bcparks.ca/planning/mgmtplns/kalamalka-lk/kalamalka-lake-park-management-plan.pdf ).

But the hayfield near the Cosens Bay parking could be purchased. The ALC could act to value nature and AND agricultural land, with the support of local and provincial decision-makers, by allowing a small section of hayfield to serve as unpaved parking, rather than desecrate the integrity of the Cosens Bay Valley. Please urge decision-makers and the ALC to act for the greater good and give nature a place to be whole.



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