Wildsight is raising concerns over two adventure tourism tenure applications in the Purcell and Selkirk Mountains. Retallack and the Lower Kootenay Band are looking to develop a new helibike and heliski area in the south Purcell Mountains while Stellar Heliskiing wants to expand operations in the Selkirks.
Wildsight Conservation Coordinator Eddie Petryshen says a big part of their concern is around helicopter noise – mountain goats in particular can be impacted.
Petryshen says they’ve been hosting meetings around the Kootenays in order to start community dialog.
Residents in Kaslo can attend a community meeting hosted by Wildsight at the Saint Andrews United Church on Monday.
It starts at 7:00pm.