Local outdoor enthusiasts have recently found out that there will be extensive logging around Highwood Junction next winter. While few Kananaskis trails will be affected, the proposed blocks along the Highwood River slated for clear-cut will be clearly visible from Highway 40 and from Junction Hill to the north.
After a century of being granted right-of-way across the land, Albertans are now prohibited from using Sheep Trail as a means of travelling between the Sheep and Elbow valleys, thus cutting off access to Rickert’s Pass, Burns Lake and numerous scrambling peaks. Parks have put up signs warning travellers of the situation.
Missinglink mountain is a fabulous summit with extensive views of the Front Ranges all the way from the Highwood to the Elbow! Taking advantage of the fall weather we hiked up there on October 23rd to be greeted by an impressive, well-constructed inukshuk. A few days later we received an email from Joanne Godfrey of [...]
The main thrust for the reduction of wild horse herds in the Alberta foothills is from grazing leaseholders concerned that horses are consuming forage at the expense of their cattle. How valid is this assumption? I have only been able to find one study, by Salter & Hudson, that looks at how horses, wildlife and [...]
We are appalled that the Alberta Government is again issuing capture permits for wild horses on public land along Alberta’s Eastern Slopes. It appears that the main thrust for the reduction of wild horse herds is from grazing lease holders concerned that horses are consuming forage at the expense of their cattle. Bob Henderson, president of [...]
After a summer and fall of inaction ESRD has finally begun the construction of a new start to Elbow Trail/Fullerton Loop. A piece of yellow tape between 2 trees to the right of Ranger Creek Road (the road opposite Allen Bill Pond) indicates the start of the new Elbow trail, a four metre-wide ski trail. [...]
The Alberta Flood Recovery Task Force has proposed the building of three flood control berms with dry ponds behind them at the headwaters of the Elbow and Highwood Rivers within K Country, and a second set of berms in the foothills outside of K Country: one on the Highwood and one on the Sheep. The [...]
I attended a CPAWS workshop on the plan yesterday. Here is a summary of their recommendations for fixing the plan. Headwaters Areas impacted by clear-cut logging and road building must be restored ASAP. Define a new model for forest management to achieve natural, healthy water systems and wildlife habitat. Protected area should be defined not [...]
Driving back from Banff on Sunday, we were dismayed to see that a brand new guard rail on Hwy. 1 extends for quite some distance on both sides of Heart Creek, thereby blocking access to the usual popular parking area in the ditch. Not only that, there are “No Parking” signs at the east end [...]
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, [...]
Doug Campbell forwarded to me an article that appeared in the Feb 21 issue of the Rocky Mountain Outlook. Doug is the creator of the National Hiking Trail, which is not to be confused with the Trans Canada Trail that came later. When asked if there is an overlap in K Country he said “no [...]
The Climbers Access Society of Alberta (CASA) has been working hard for the last several years to maintain and re-instate motorized access into the Ghost River area. Currently, vehicular access is allowed as far as the Banff Park boundary at Devil’s Gap and Junction 39 on the Ghost River on a year-round basis, allowing access [...]
The outdoor recreation community owes a huge vote of thanks to the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association (GBCTA) for their hard and often frustrating work negotiating protection from the planned logging for the Elbow/West Bragg trails. Bruce Barker, chair of the Ski Committee writes: “The logging negotiations were frustrating to all involved. We hope that we [...]
Public consultation sessions will be held over the next month to allow input into the development of a draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan. This plan will directly affect the future of Kananaskis Country and the Crowsnest/Castle area. An advisory council used government-supplied terms of reference that asked them to explore the relationship between water, population [...]
At the last KTAG meeting, we were told that the government is once again considering implementing user fees for Peter Lougheed Provincial Park ski trails. We need to know what your views are on this, both for and against. Please, EVERYBODY join in this discussion so I can get back to KC at the next [...]