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Liard Hot Springs plan to be updated

A new management plan is being developed for the Liard River Hot Springs. It’s the first time the plan has been updated in 30 years, and BC Parks is beginning to collect input and feedback to determine key management issues.
Liard Hot Springs
Liard Hot Springs.

A new management plan is being developed for the Liard River Hot Springs.

It’s the first time the plan has been updated in 30 years, and BC Parks is beginning to collect input and feedback to determine key management issues. An online survey has been launched and is open until Sept. 30.

The park was established April 26, 1957, and covers 1,082 hectares next the Alaska Highway on the Liard-Rabbit Plateau. The first boardwalk and pool facilities were built by the American Army in 1942 during construction of the highway.

The springs drain into a system of warm water swamps that create a unique tropical microclimate, and allows 14 species of orchids, ferns, tufa, and hanging gardens to grow. The park is also home to 104 bird species and 28 mammals.

The park also protects habitat for the Hotwater Physa, a small aquatic snail that live around the hot spring pools and are found nowhere else in the world. Their population is less than 10,000, and the snails live for just a year.

The park campground is open but the pools are closed until fall due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The park is operating under a plan approved in April 1990.

The new plan is being developed over four phases, and will be drafted in stage two after public and other stakeholder input. It will then be sent for public review before being adopted.

Click here to take the survey.

Comments can also be sent by email to bcparks.planning@gov.bc.ca, or by mail to: Peace Planning Section Head, BC Parks, 4051 18th Avenue, Prince George, B.C., V2N 1B3.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca