The Castle Parks are counting on you

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The Government of Alberta recently announced the legal designation of the Castle Wildland and Provincial Parks and released the draft management plan.  This is a significant accomplishment for all Albertans and a great step forward in protecting water, wildlife, and low-impact recreation in the province.

Show your support for the new parks and provide your feedback on the management plan to ensure conservation is the first priority.


What’s at Stake

The Castle Wildland and Provincial Parks are a dramatic landscape of rolling foothills and high mountains in southwest Alberta which store and provide vital drinking water for communities downstream. It is a biologically rich region, home to grizzly bears, wolverine and elk, more than two hundred species of birds as well as habitat for endangered westslope cutthroat trout. The new parks will allow all Albertans to explore the natural beauty of our province and connect with nature through a wide range of low-impact recreation activities including hiking, cross-country skiing, fishing, hunting, camping and picnicking.

The Opportunity

The proposed management plan places priority on water, biodiversity and low-impact recreation.  It uses clear science to make firm commitments to nature, including a 3- to 5-year phase out of recreational off-highway vehicle use within the parks. This is a critical piece, needed to protect the irreplaceable values of the Castle and provide quiet places to recreate for families and backcountry enthusiasts.

But the plan is only a draft.  The government needs to hear from Albertans that they support these strong measures to conserve our natural heritage.

What You Can Do

  1. Please write a message to the Honourable Shannon Phillips, Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks today to let the government know that you support protection of the Castle parks and the elimination of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) in the parks: AEP.Minister@gov.ab.ca or use the form below
  2. Engage in the Management Plan consultation process by completing the survey on the Castle Management Plan online at: https://talkaep.alberta.ca/CastleManagementPlan or emailing your comments to ABParks.PlanComments@gov.ab.ca


Talking Points

When you write to Minister Phillips or engage in the consultation, consider:

  1. Voicing your support and appreciation for new Castle Wildland and Provincial Parks
  2. Support the elimination of off-highway vehicle access from the parks and encourage the government to expedite the phase-out of this damaging land-use within two years.
  3. Encourage the government to place nature first in all management decisions including recreation and tourism infrastructure while helping to develop a strong local economy in nearby communities.

Please send your comments now. Your email will be sent to:

HON. SHANNON PHILLIPS
Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
Email: AEP.Minister@gov.ab.ca.

 

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