Splatsin band councillors show their support for the Eagle Pass summit lookout, rebuilt by volunteers, as a welcome addition to the Secwepemc First Nation. (File photo)

Province to decide fate of Eagle Pass lookout

Volunteers behind cabin reconstruction meet with ministry staff

A decision is expected to be made today on the fate of the reconstructed Eagle Pass Summit fire lookout.

Sicamous resident Rene St. Onge, one of the individuals who spearheaded the effort to rebuild a cabin on the site of the historic fire lookout, was scheduled to meet with Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations representatives at their Vernon office Wednesday morning, May 8.

St. Onge is anticipating the ministry will make a decision based on recommendations from an investigation to determine whether rebuilding the structure was a violation of the Forest Range and Practices Act. He said investigators are recommending fines of $10,000 or more, and remediation of the cabin, which he interprets as tearing it down.

The investigation began after volunteers spent more than $40,000 in personal and donated money, time and materials to rebuild the lookout. St. Onge said the 2016 reconstruction effort began after an earlier meeting with a FrontCounter BC manager, who explained, “If you’re building a new cabin or road or trail, you need to do an application, but he said this is existing, if you want to clean it up and put the roof back on – awesome.”

Upon learning of the cabin’s reconstruction at a Shuswap trails strategy meeting, representatives of Recreation Sites and Trails B.C. (part of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) indicated it could be torn down as the work had been conducted without the appropriate permits.

News of the ministry’s investigation sparked political support from the Splatsin First Nation, Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo and the District of Sicamous.

“That project was taken on the shoulders of a few people and they went forward with it and rebuilt it and, from my perspective, that’s going to be a huge asset for the entire region, because people will probably come from all over the world to take a hike up into there or find a way to get there,” commented Sicamous Mayor Terry Rysz.


@SalmonArm
lachlan@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Snowfall warning issued for Highway 1 from Salmon Arm to Golden

Environment Canada says to expect 15-30 cm of snow by Thursday evening

Single-bridge option chosen to replace RW Bruhn Bridge

Five-lane span selected over plan with second bridge at Main Street

UPDATE: Highway 1 closed east of Revelstoke, set to reopen at 7:30 p.m.

Highway 1 is closed east of Revelstoke near the west entrance to… Continue reading

Salmon Arm plans to ban single-use plastic bags

First six months of proposed ban would focus on education, not enforcement

Video: Truck crashes into ditch west of Sicamous

Reports indicate traffic is still flowing through the area

Man caught on camera allegedly trying to defraud ICBC

Auto-insurer warns B.C. drivers to record info after crashes

Warning issued as forecast calls for 20-foot waves in Tofino

Dangerous waves, strong currents and upper-shoreline flooding expected for Tofino-Ucluelet area

An 800-pound pig named Theodore needs a forever home, B.C. society says

‘Theodore is not destined to be somebody’s bacon’

Submissions sought for UBC Okanagan’s annual fiction competition

University’s annual short-story contest enters its 21st year

Teenager Alphonso Davies wins Canadian Men’s Soccer Player for the Year Award

Derek Cornelius and Chilliwack native, Jordyn Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

B.C. teen MMA fighter shows heart

Young Unity MMA competitors bring home Ws

2,000 Canadians died of an overdose in first 6 months of the year

New data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows the crisis is not subsiding

Sicamous Eagles blanked by Princeton Posse at home

KIJHL squad takes a tough loss as Christmas break draws near

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins party no-confidence vote, but troubles remain

May won the vote of 317 Conservative legislators with a 200-117 tally

Most Read