Target: Premier of British Columbia Christy Clark
Goal: Protect a threatened grizzly bear population from being threatened by ski resort construction
Jumbo Glacier Resort plans on building a massive ski resort in British Columbia, Canada that could attract between 2,000 to 3,000 tourists a day. The size and location of the resort will significantly threaten the grizzly bear population in the Purcell Mountain range. The British Columbia government must examine new scientific studies and revoke Jumbo Glacier Resort’s construction permit.
The ski company was originally granted a construction permit based on a 15-year-old study that claimed the grizzly bear population is currently stable and construction would have little effect on the bears. However, the most recent estimates of the bear population in the Central Purcell Mountains are considerably lower. According to two ecological reports, grizzly populations are about 50 percent smaller than previously estimated in the 15-year-old study. Michael Proctor, one of Canada’s leading grizzly bear experts, states that ‘ski areas are not generally bad for grizzly bears; it’s the location of this one.’
The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office has not incorporated the most recent studies on the grizzly bear population, citing that the research was too late. The office refused to examine Proctor’s most recent research, although he insisted it is important to take the new information into account before a permit is renewed.
By signing the petition bellow you will help urge British Columbia Premier, Christy Clark, to revoke Jumbo Glacier Resort’s permit to build a ski resort in the Purcell Mountain range.
Dear British Columbia Premier Christy Clark,
The construction permit for Jumbo Glacier Resort in the Purcell Mountain range must be revoked before the construction threatens the grizzly bear population.
The Environmental Assessment Office granted the resort a permit before examining the most recent studies of the bear population. Jumbo Glacier Resort provided a 15-year-old study to cite the minimal damage a ski resort would have on the grizzly bear population. However, more recent studies have shown the population is down by almost 50 percent, and a massive ski resort in the area will further threaten the population.
I am urging for you to examine the new studies and rescind Jumbo Glacier Resort’s permit. Please take actions to help protect the iconic grizzly bear.
[Your Name Here]
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