Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter to inform the residents of the Nicola Valley about the status of our fight to regain public access to Minnie and Stoney Lakes.

The Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club filed a petition on April 15 with the Supreme Court of British Columbia. We are asking that the court declare the No. 281 Stoney Lake Road a public road, and that all logs, rocks and locked gates be permanently removed. Also, we are asking that the crown-granted trail that accesses Minnie Lake be declared a public 66′ right of way.

There are many Merritt residents who have come forward with affidavits and evidence to help with this case. We would like to thank them in advance of any court decision. It is nice to know there are civic-minded people who are willing to make a stand.

We are optimistic that together we can make a difference and leave this world a better place for all future generations.

Note: We will be conducting more fundraisers. Thank you on behalf of the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club.

Rick McGowan

Chair, access committee

Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club