Province asks for feedback on BC Parks public notification methodology

The province wants to know how to tell the public about what’s happening in its parks, according to a recent announcement about their attempts to draft a Public Notification and Engagement Policy.

Currently, the announcement says, local newspaper advertisements are the only means of public notification about permits required for commercial use that take place in parks and protected areas, but as part of the new policy – at least in its current draft form – all types of permit applications for commercial use and subsequent decisions will be posted online, similar to the current park boundary adjustment proposal process.

“We welcome public feedback on this new policy so we can further reach out to British Columbians who are passionate about our parks,” says Minister of Environment Mary Polak. “This policy reinforces our commitment to transparency by reaching more people with up-to-date information on permits within our provincial parks.”

The draft policy will be posted on the BC Parks website for 90 days – until June 22 – and outdoor enthusiasts, First Nations, stakeholders and other park users are being encouraged to review the policy and provide feedback before a final policy is drafted this fall.