Grasslands National Park Reserve
On October 2, 2003, the federal and provincial governments signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that paves the way for the creation of a new national park reserve in the South Okanagan. The MOU supports the Government of Canada's Action Plan to create ten new national parks and five new national marine conservationareas by 2008. Under the MOU, Canada and British Columbia have agreed to work cooperatively to assess the feasibility of establishing a new national park reserve in the South Okanagan.
One of the first tasks of the feasibility study will be to define the area of interest for a possible new national park reserve in the South Okanagan, and the study area for the feasibility study. Preliminary discussions between Canada and the province have focussed on the area from the Canada-United States border north to and encompassing the new protected areas established uner the Okanagan-Shuswap Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP), as well as existing protected areas, possibly as far north as Vaseaux Lake.
The GCC supports the feasibility study currently under way. For more information on the proposed national park reserve, please visit the Parks Canada website, here. More information can also be found in the newsletters, linked below.
National Park Reserve Feasibility Study update - January 2007
National Park Reserve Feasibility Study update - February 2005