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Provincial amendment to add 35 hectares to Syringa Park

Syringa Provincial Park not only protects provincially significant interior Douglas fir forests, it also preserves one of the few remaining examples of grassland ecosystems in the Kootenays. The addition to the park is within a rare ecosystem and provides important winter range for deer and bighorn sheep.

Syringa Provincial Park may be getting 35 new hectares added, according to an announcement by the Province of B.C. yesterday.

“Proposed amendments to the Protected Areas of British Columbia Act will expand B.C.’s parks and protected areas system, adding approximately 107 hectares of new land to six existing Class A parks,” said the press release

The proposed additions are the result of private land acquisitions and include:

  • 29 hectares to Bridge Lake Provincial Park in the Cariboo region;
  • 2.5 hectares to Harmony Islands Marine Provincial Park along the Sunshine Coast;
  • 17 hectares to Kikomun Creek Provincial Park in the Kootenays;
  • 19 hectares to Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park in the Okanagan;
  • Four hectares to Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Provincial Park in the Kootenays; and
  • 35 hectares to Syringa Provincial Park near Castlegar.

The changes would make Syringa Park a total of 4,538 hectares, and the release said the addition to the park is within a rare ecosystem and provides important winter range for deer and bighorn sheep.