Castle parks management plan open house held in Pincher Creek – The Pincher Creek Voice

by ahnationtalk on March 13, 2017142 Views

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Chris Davis – Alberta Environment and Parks hosted an open house at the Pincher Creek Community Centre on Friday March 10 to present information to the public and gather feedback about the Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park Draft Management Plan, one of three such events being held in the region.

On January 20 of this year a press conference was held at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek. At that event Premier Rachel Notley, Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office Shannon Phillips, and Piikani First Nation Chief Stanley Charles Grier announced the official release of the draft version of the plan. If enacted as it stands the plan will first limit and then eliminate OHVs from the Castle parks. A number of other restrictions related to acceptable uses will also be applied, curtailing random camping, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, and other activities in the protected areas. Environmentalists were very pleased with the announcement, off highway vehicle (OHV) users were very displeased, and many area ranchers and business people expressed concern. Since the draft plan was released rallies and meetings have been held all over southwestern Alberta by advocates and dissenters alike.

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