Scientific information has demonstrated that the Jumbo Resort project will have very substantial negative environmental impacts on the glaciers, the watershed and will eventually impact the internationally recognized Ramsar designated Columbia Wetlands. Threatened and endangered wildlife such as mountain caribou, grizzly bear, mountain goats, wolverine and bull trout will be negatively impacted.
The environmental assessment process was extremely flawed and reported by individuals inside the process to have been politically directed and not based on the science provided by the Government’s own biologists.
“The proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort has the potential for substantial and direct cumulative impacts to the Central Purcell Grizzly Bear population.”
- BC Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection, 2004
“...there will be a substantial impact to grizzly bear habitat effectiveness, mortality risk, and most importantly, the fragmentation of grizzly bear distribution…”
- Matt Austin, Large Carnivore Specialist, Biodiversity Branch, Government of B.C.
“While the developer claims to be committed to ‘no net impact’ to grizzly bears this could only be achieved by reducing or largely eliminating human activities in surrounding watersheds, including, but not limited to, the Glacier, Howser, Toby, Horsethief, and Brewer/Dutch drainages.”
- Stefan Himmer, BSc. RPBio
“My colleagues and I see the southern Purcell mountains as one of the last non–fragmented “fingers” of southern grizzly bear distribution in BC.”
- Dr. John Boulanger
“No other land management prescription of the Forest directly results in more stream-water depletion, wetlands impacts, …or permanent habitat loss (than ski areas)."
- Cynthia Cody, US Environmental Protection Agency
Blue listed species such as bull trout, cutthroat trout, wolverine and mountain goats will be adversely impacted.
- Report to EAO from scientists Chris Beers, Cam Gillies & Rene Franken
" Climate Change is the new reality. Glaciers are melting worldwide, and rates of decline have doubled since the 1980’s. Waters are drying up – in the Canadian West, late summer flows are dwindling, threatening communities, farms, and fish. There is no question that climate-related phenomena have become the major environmental concern of this century."
- Dr. David Suzuki
“Glaciers are critical to local environments and water supplies. It is expected that the remaining glaciers of the Purcells and Rockies will have ablated to the point of disappearing in less than 4 decades.”
- Dr. Mindy Brugman, Glaciologist
Snow packs in the Southern Canadian Rockies are expected to drop from 30-50% within 3 decades based on climate change models for the Columbia Basin.
- University of Washington
Even the government’s own experts predict severe impact on the grizzly bears of the Purcell Range.
"This project is expected to result in direct human-caused mortality of grizzly bears due to actual or potential bear-human conflicts within the Jumbo Creek valley and bears being struck and killed by vehicles on the access road to the project."
“In addition, if human-caused mortalities do occur as a result of the project the provincial government will need to reduce hunting opportunities to offset this impact."
“Offsite mitigation required to achieve the ‘no net impact’ standard will require approvals by the provincial government and possibly legislative changes (e.g. legal restrictions on motorized access)."
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“Perhaps the most fundamental issue to be considered in the evaluation of the potential impact of the project on grizzly bears is the permanence of the proposed development versus the potential permanence of any mitigation program. It is critical that the timeframe over which the mitigation of the project’s impacts is implemented coincides with the lifespan of the project (i.e. indefinite) and that mechanisms are established to ensure the long-term security of this mitigation. This will be a substantial challenge."
"As a result of this challenge, I recommend that, in the absence of extraordinary measures to ensure the indefinite implementation of mitigation measures, those considering the impacts of this project on grizzly bears should assume that over the long-term mitigative measures will not be implemented to a degree that will achieve the “no net impact” standard. Instead I recommend that it be assumed that there will be a substantial impact to grizzly bear habitat effectiveness, mortality risk and, most importantly, the fragmentation of grizzly bear distribution in the Purcell Mountains over the long-term as a result of the project.”
- Matt Austin, Large Carnivore Specialist, Ministry of Environment