Lets give BC Parks a raise
Imagine. You’ve been working at your job for 15 years for the same wage, while your workload has steadily increased. Isn't it time for more investment in our resources?
That’s the BC Parks system in a nutshell. Fifteen years of declining budgets has left us a parks system that’s starved for resources, with fewer staff to do the work than ever before.
In 2001, the BC Parks budget was $40.69 million. Zoom ahead to 2016 and the budget sits stalled at $31.09 million. Adjusting for inflation, this amounts to a real funding cut of $19.18 million, or 48 percent over 15 years.
In 2001 BC Parks had 27 full-time senior park rangers. Now there’s 7 – a 74 per cent reduction during a time when 2.3 million hectares were added to BC’s parks and protected areas. Total BC Parks staff has shrunk by 40 per cent since 2008.
Meanwhile, a BC government study on the economic benefits of BC Parks shows that $10 dollars in economic activity is generated for every dollar invested in BC's parks system.
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