What's Happening in Southwest Alberta?

Wednesday
Sep092015

Public Input invited on Proposed Protection of the Castle

To achieve enhanced protection of the Castle Special Management Area in southwest Alberta, the Government of Alberta will amend the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan to designate the Castle area under Alberta Parks’ legislation. 

Alberta Parks is inviting the public to provide input - comments, suggestions, concerns - about the proposed amendment.

More information about the proposed amendment, including maps of the proposed protected areas and how to provide public input, is available on line here (http://www.albertaparks.ca/albertaparksca/about-us/public-consultations/archives/enhancing-the-protection-of-the-castle-area.aspx).

Public input is due by October 5th, 2015!

Separate aboriginal consultation will follow the Government of Alberta’s First Nations Consultation Policy on Land Management and Resource Development and associated Guidelines.

Friday
Sep042015

Alberta moves to protect vast Castle wilderness area

"The Castle — an area of mountains, foothills, wetlands and prairie — is to be divided into a provincial park with full camping facilities and a wildland park with only limited backcountry camping. Both have the same level of protection."
For the full article in the Calgary Herald, click here.
Thursday
Sep032015

Province to announce enhanced protection of Castle wilderness area

From the Calgary Herald:

"Following decades of lobbying for a provincial park in the Castle wilderness area, the province’s NDP government will Friday make good on its campaign pledge to better protect the iconic area in southern Alberta."

For the full story, click here.

Monday
Jul132015

Southern Alberta trout streams at risk despite recovery plan

This article in the Globe and Mail addresses the declining quality of habitat for native trout populations in Southern Alberta streams. 
Tuesday
Sep302014

Alberta ranchers to conserve huge tract of native grassland

The 72 members of the Waldron Grazing Co-op have agreed to sign a conservation easement on more than 12,000 hectares of rolling prairie and foothills that their group has owned since 1962.

Read the full story in the Calgary Herald here.