Statement Regarding the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark Society, the Northern Mountain Caribou Recovery Situation, and our Relationships with Stakeholders
The Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark Society is truly a ground-up organization with deep roots in the community of Tumbler Ridge. We feel it is important to balance our mandates to support tourism and economic development, responsible backcountry user groups, and supporting biodiversity in our Geopark territory. The Geopark has formal partnership agreements with the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society, the TR Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club and the Grizzly Valley ATV Club. We support the volunteers in those organizations who are stewards of the land, and who have dedicated countless
hours to making our beautiful backcountry accessible.
The Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark Society has no formal partnership agreement with the Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) Conservation Initiative, although we have received support from Y2Y to remove industrial alpine pollution. Partnerships and tangible projects with conservation organizations are encouraged for Geoparks through our designation, as are partnerships with local user groups.
At this time, the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark staff and board are working to ensure the voice of local Tumbler Ridge residents are heard as part of the Province of BC’s stakeholder engagement process in the effort to ensure successful recovery of Northern Mountain Caribou populations. We are committed to meeting with the registered stakeholder groups in our territory over the next month to confirm that we have a strong unified voice representing our local community goals for maintaining access while steps are taken to ensure recovery of an iconic animal in our Geopark.
Board of Directors,
Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark Society