What’s a Donut Hole?

In the ’80’s when the Manning Park boundary lines were re-drawn, this area including Silver Daisy was left out of the park because of mining interests on this mountain. On the one side is Manning Park and on the other is Skagit Valley Provincial Park. A company called Imperial Metals currently owns most of the mining tenures in this ‘donut hole’ of unprotected land. If that name sounds familiar to you, it has been in the news quite a lot for the past four years following an environmental disaster at their Mount Polley mine.

You can read what was published about the Silverdaisy situation here, in this Vancouver Sun Op-Ed. Essentially, The Skagit Environmental Endowment Commissioin (SEEC) has been encouraged by the BC Government to pursue negotiations with Imperial Metals to acquire their mineral tenures with a view to converting this land to a form of protected status, like the surrounding area. This is one of SEEC’s mandates as per the High Ross Treaty which created SEEC and guides our work. Recently SEEC became aware via a hiker tip that there was extensive road building and logging happening on Silverdaisy Mountain!  Several people who care passionately about the Upper Skagit Watershed recognized immediately that several BC Government Ministries did not appear to be communicating and acting consistently with regard to the proposed land use and designation of Silverdaisy.

Two of these people are Ken Farquharson and Dr Tom Perry who are working to raise awareness and connecting directly with government officials on the issue. Numerous others as well as organizations north and south of the border are tuning in and adding their voices. Wilderness Committee is also involved as are Ecojustice and West Coast Environmental Law. You can follow along as efforts continue to have the logging stopped and talks with Imperial Metals resumed.

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