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Comments on the South Saskatchewan Region Plan request for feedback.

Notes on the Save Kananaskis position regarding management of parks in Kananaskis. Includes a link to maps of some recreation areas.


The Save Kananaskis Wild Lands Society has been unincorporated. An intransigent government, disinterested public and a powerful industry lobby have rendered the group ineffective.

This web site is primarily the work of Doug Sephton. I will continue to advocate for a park.

Looking back

Photos of the Save Kananaskis Rally, Nov. 2, 2007

Over 1200 people signed our petition during the Tag A Tree campaign. The petition was presented to the legislature on Nov. 8, 2007. Surprise. The government ignored it.

A Clash of Interests

The multi-use policy that provides access for industry, agriculture and recreation in Kananaskis is not working. The destruction of the Trans Canada Trail to create a logging road shows the incompatibility of these interests. With a city of a million people half an hour away, the clash of interests was inevitable. This 3-page document demonstrates the problem graphically. It was prepared for the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) Canada.

K-Country Workshops

Public input welcome on Kananaskis park and recreation plans

Calgary... Albertans are invited to share their opinion on a new management plan being developed for Bragg Creek Provincial Park and close to 40 provincial recreation areas in Kananaskis Country. The provincial recreation areas include those along Highway 66 (Elbow Valley), Highway 68 (Sibbald Area) and Secondary Highway 541 (Longview Road).

Alberta Tourism, Parks, Recreation and Culture is looking for input on the park management plan’s draft Terms of Reference, available at both sessions or by visiting the Kananaskis site at www.tprc.alberta.ca/parks or calling 403-678-5508. Written comments received by January 15, 2008 will be considered as the draft Terms of Reference and plan are prepared. Albertans will have another opportunity to provide input into the plan once a draft is finalized, expected to be in the spring of 2008.

The Government of Alberta is committed to developing management plans for all protected areas in Alberta to determine how they are managed in the future. Park management plans:

a.. Describe protected areas, and the surrounding environment and community
b.. Identify government goals for the park or protected areas, and how they will be achieved
c.. Provide objectives and guidelines on how a site’s natural and cultural heritage will be preserved
d.. Detail the type and extent of recreation, heritage appreciation and tourism opportunities that will be supported in an area, and how they will meet the needs of the community
e.. Provide opportunities for ongoing review and public consultation on park management
Ensuring access to Alberta’s provincial parks and recreation areas is part of Premier Ed Stelmach’s plan to secure Alberta’s future by building communities, greening our growth and creating opportunity.

Send your comments on the Management Plan for recreation areas to the Kananaskis Administration

We are working on a simple way to send your comments, but for now, we have the official form available:

- as a printable pdf file

- as an online form

The Terms of Reference for the Management Plan review are available here