Wildsight holding town hall meeting when it comes adventure tourism proposal

Wildsight is hosting a public town hall meeting in Kaslo tonight, when it comes to two tenure proposals.

The Lower Kootenay Band and Heli-ski operation Retallack have submitted a joint application for an adventure tourism tenure on the east side of Kootenay Lake, south of the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy.

The proposed 70,000 hectare multiple use tenure will allow for guided hiking, horseback riding, climbing and mountain biking in summer and guided ski touring, heli-skiing, mountaineering, snowshoeing and dogsledding in winter.

The band says the proposed tenure area is not in current or recently proposed Federal or Provincial Caribou Habitat, and with the exception of a limited number of mountain biking trails, the application proposes to use the current land base as is.

Wildsight says the proposals would mean significant changes to the backcountry near Kimberly and Kaslo in the Purcells and Selkirk Mountain ranges.

They're holding a meeting tonight at 7 at Kaslo's St. Andrews United Church.