stoltmann study 

Stoltmann economic study "better late than ever" Although the economic study on the proposal to turn the Stoltmann Wilderness Area into a National Park is more than four months overdue, proponents of the park say they would rather see the study done correctly than quickly. "It would have been nice to have it before the Private Member's Bill (to create Stoltmann National Park) went through, my concern is that they do it right and get in all the right information," says Western Canada Wilderness Committee Director Joe Foy. "This campaign is not going to go away. In fact, it's getting bigger and bigger. A comprehensive report that backs our claims that the value of preserving the Stoltmann area is greater than the value of logging it will go a long way to convince governments at all levels that it needs to be protected." The economic study, which was commissioned by members of the One Whistler group, including Tourism Whistler and the municipality, was originally expected to be completed by October. In order to do a thorough job collecting and analyzing the data, it became necessary to push the study back. The WCWC expects it to be available at the end of February. "Getting it before the snow melts and the logging gets back underway would be great," says Foy.

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