Local Regional District of Central Kootenay directors are joining a working group designed to develop a sustainability plan for Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA) and its Wildlife Interpretation Centre.
At the Dec. 4 regular monthly meeting of the Creston Valley services committee, a delegation presented its recommendation to form a working group. The committee will also include a representative from Columbia Basin Trust, Lower Kootenay Band, Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce, CVWMA, the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations, and Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall.
When Ducks Unlimited Canada took over management of the renowned wetlands, it made it clear that DUC is not in the business of operating tourist facilities. The working group will explore options to continue to operate an interpretation centre and attract tourists.
“The wetlands are one of our most important resources and we need to work together to build on their appeal to tourists,” said Mayor Ron Toyota.
•Upgrades to Creston and District Public Library will be included in budget discussions over the next two years. A report by engineer Wendell Marshall has revealed serious deficiencies in the building’s heating and cooling systems.
•After two years of Area A and B directors threatening to withdraw funding cemeteries in Creston and Erickson, they have withdrawn their stated intention. The decision came following a consultants’ presentation about cemetery operations.
•Directors and RDCK staff continued discussions about how to attract more events to the community complex and about who is responsible to co-ordinate the effort.
•Letters of support will be provided to the Friends of the Ingham Arts and Culture Centre Society for its grant applications to develop the former garage on Canyon Street, which is now home to Creston Valley Community Radio.