If you plan on attending one of the upcoming Public Consultations on the draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan you might want to read this well thought-out article by Kevin Van Tighem in the July/August 2013 of Alberta Views, Safeguarding the Source – how Alberta can heal its headwaters–before we run dry.
Kevin argues that logging, if done effectively can help water conservation in the long term, while conservationists are calling for more areas to be protected from such activity. How can the plan address these conflicting opinions? On the other hand Kevin says: “Out-of-control ORV use shred watersheds all through Alberta’s headwaters”. He goes on to say: “…the potential for watershed restoration by closing ORV trails is enormous.” While this will never happen, we should insist on better management of these designated areas by ESRD.
What are your thoughts on the views expressed in this informative article?