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Importance: High

November 21, 2007
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). In addition to taking written feedback, two open house sessions will be held to gather input.

When: Monday, November 26
Time: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Best Western Village Park Inn
1804 Crowchild Trail N.W., Calgary

When: Tuesday, November 27
Time: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bragg Creek Community Centre
25 White Avenue, Bragg Creek

Input is also invited 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.

Media enquiries may be directed to:
Ray Andrews
Operations Manager, Kananaskis Country
Tourism, Parks, Recreation and Culture
403-678-5500 ext. 270
Erin Mikaluk
Tourism, Parks, Recreation and Culture

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.