Lift the Restrictions on Camping at Lake Koocanusa this Summer!

Lift the Restrictions on Camping at Lake Koocanusa this Summer!

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Hailey Walker started this petition to Recreation Sites and Trails BC and

We strongly oppose the restriction on overnight camping on Crown Land at Lake Koocanusa for the summer of 2020.

Effective April 8, 2020, the BC government has restricted camping and motorized recreation in the Koocanusa Recreation Strategy area for the spring and summer, which also applies to Crown Land.

This recreation order was put into place in an effort to help prevent environmental damage and ensure orders and guidance from the provincial health officer related to the COVID-19 pandemic are followed.

As for the issue regarding the environment, it is understandable that restrictions are being placed on the use of off-road vehicles and "mudboggers". It is acknowledged that these activities do contribute to environmental damage such as water and soil contamination, wildlife displacement, forestry damage, impacts on archeological and cultural resources, and damage to recreational infrastructure.

However, overnight camping does not have an effect on these issues. We feel that it is unreasonable to place the restrictions on camping as it differs greatly from the use of recreational off-road vehicles. Many of us have enjoyed this area responsibly for many summers and the idea of not being able to camp on the most beautiful lake in the Kootenays is unfathomable.

As for the issue regarding COVID-19, many BC parks and campgrounds are re-opening on June 1st. Malls, restaurants, salons, and gyms are open to the public. As public restrictions are lifted and we slowly return to normalcy, we ask that the Koocanusa Restrictions be re-evaluated with responsible campers in mind. It's been a tough year for everyone...let's enjoy summertime on beautiful Lake Koocanusa!

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