Help ensure the Castle goes OHV-free

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Off-highway vehicles (OHVs) are to be phased out of the newly designated Castle Wildland and Provincial Parks under the province’s draft management plan. However, organized lobbying by some OHV riders is aiming to overturn these vital initiatives.

You can help ensure the management plan is realized! Provide your feedback on the management plan to encourage conservation first


What’s at Stake

OHV trails have been ripping apart the vital watercourses in this area of southwest Alberta for years. This cannot continue. The Castle Wildland and Provincial Parks store runoff and provide drinking water for communities downstream. This biologically rich region is also home to grizzly bears, wolverine and elk, more than 200 species of birds, as well as habitat for endangered westslope cutthroat trout. The new parks will allow all Albertans to 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. Drawing on science, it calls for a three- to five-year phase-out of recreational off-highway vehicle use within the parks.

But the plan is only a draft.  The government needs to hear that Albertans support these measures.


What You Can Do

  1. Write an email TODAY to the Honourable Shannon Phillips, Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks. Let the government know that you support protection of the Castle parks and the phasing out 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

    Need help filling out the survey? See how we answered to get some ideas.


Talking Points

When you write to Minister Phillips, here are points you might want to include:

  1. Voice your support for the 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 to:

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

cc: ABParks.PlanComments@gov.ab.ca 

 

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