NewsChun T’oh Whutujut/Ancient Forest to get upgrade worth $8.7-million SHARE ON: Catherine Garrett, staff Monday, Jul. 6th, 2020 Ancient Forest Provincial Park along Highway 16 (Photo by Alison Warner, Vista Radio staff)An application by the L’heidli T’enneh to the federal and provincial governments Investing in Canada’s Infrastructure Program; Community, Culture, and Recreation stream has been successful.Chun T’oh Whutujut/Ancient Forest Park and Protected area will be getting an upgrade worth $8.7 million as a result.“On September 1st of 2018, LTN and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together collaboratively on the planning and management of the Park. We appreciate the federal and BC government supporting this very important initiative. Supporting this project is indicative of BC’s commitment to work with our Nation, it also acknowledges that as stewards of our territory we have innate knowledge of the biodiversity and symbiotic relationship that exists within Chun T’oh Whudujut and the surrounding areas,” said Lheidli T’enneh Chief, Dayi Clay Pountney.“Our ancestors have visited the area for thousands of years to enjoy the huge western red cedar trees, the unique plants and vegetation and the spiritual aspects of the area. It’s a place our members and others can go for recreation, reflection, and renewal.”Chun T’oh Whudujut is the only inland temperate rainforest in the world.“This project will allow us to share an area of our territory that is very special to us. We intend to ensure that the visitor experience is memorable, respectful, and life-changing. This project will also provide new opportunities for our members not only during construction and development but in the long-term as guides and interpreters so we see this as very much a win-win-win for both governments and our Nation,” Lheidli T’enneh Community Economic Development Manager, Rena Zatorski added.The project, planned to be completed over a three year period, includes new riparian wetland hiking trails, an interpretive center, sweat lodge, pit house, gazebo, improved boardwalks, pathways, washrooms, access roads, parking, and signage.