This week’s Rocky Mountain Outlook reports suspected sabotage along Canmore’s Montane Traverse trail, a popular mountain bike trail on the north side of the Bow Valley. The outdoor community needs to be vigilant until the issue has been resolved, and report any evidence of sabotage or suspicious activity to the RCMP.
Dianne Pachal of the Sierra Club Canada has advised us that there will be a debate today, November 15th, on Alberta’s Tourism, Parks & Recreation Minister’s proposed new parks act (Bill 29). “It is THE worst conservation-related legislation we’ve seen anywhere in Canada in a generation,” she says. “It could become law within the week unless enough people write now to stop it and open up consultation on it”
Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation is looking for feedback on a proposal to exchange land adjacent to Dead Man’s Flats with public lands, nearby and in the Ghost and Waiparous areas, to allow for better protection of the wildlife corridor between Dead Man’s Flats and the Bow River.
Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation, as part of its Plan for Parks, is looking for feedback on proposed legislation to simplify the park classification system in Alberta. Under the proposal public park land would be classified as either Provincial Parks or Heritage Rangeland, with Provincial Parks being split into zones that balance recreation and conservation.
“Rogue trails? Why it is so important to use the right words in describing K Country trails. The term is downright unfriendly and should be nipped in the bud before it spreads like a virus. Is there something wrong with the word “undesignated”?
The Alberta Hiking Association is a fledgling umbrella organization for hiking clubs from across the province. Browse their web site: www.abhiking.ca for information on how to become a member.
News from the September 2009 meeting of the Kananaskis Trail Users Group: Fortress Ski Area, West Bragg Creek and trails in the Sheep.
To quote Simon Cowell, “Words are unnecessary.”
Dirt bike riders are lobbying very hard for a trail in the Ghost River valley even though it was agreed in the Ghost Access Management Plan that ATVs would be excluded from this area.
Alberta ignores a study it commissioned that indicates more OHV trails and facilities are very low on park users list of priorities.
Minister Ady’s response to a letter from Dave Wasserman concerning the inconsistency between Alberta’s Plan for Parks and the Praxis survey of park users regarding OHV use in Parks and Protected Areas.
The Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation Parks Plan-2009 addresses Alberta Parks and Protected Areas in context of the Provincial Land-use Framework.
Discussion on use of Kananaskis Country trails by groups of 15 or more people.
Issue of non-commercial outdoor clubs taking large groups into Kananaskis Country.
Kananaskis Country has turned down the request of the Trail Users Group to open up the stretch of road between Gorge Creek and Volcano Ridge trailheads.