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REPORTING · 18th November 2011
Walter McFarlane
The next question was concerning the camping at the Giant Spruce. The questioner wanted to put a ban on camping, turn it into a picnic site and see more camp sites around the community.

Joanne Monaghan said it was Rio Tinto Alcan land and they would have to negotiate for it. They would have to negotiate with RTA to get any land and so far, the District has been unsuccessful with this. However this could change in the future.

Jim Thom said this was a problem when he was a City Councillor. The District does not control the river beyond the high water mark. If they want to control it, they would have to put a gate at the dike. He said it would be a big battle with the local fishermen. However, they had a lot of discussions about this at the time. He could not see this happening.

Randy Halyk did a study on this. There was also one done a couple a years ago from the District. They hired a student and the study has been around for some years. He did not want to ban camping, there was an opportunity to turn the area into a camping faculty. The District does own the area between the dike and where they camp. He pointed out they do not own a section near the lower dyke and a crescent of Crown land. Halyk spoke to Bell while Bell was the minister of Forests. Bell said the District could get the land. The District could develop the land but it has to be environmentally safe.