Forests and Biodiversity
from: Sam Gunsch, Sierra Club, Edmonton 780 885 5624
Update: Bill 29 - Alberta Parks Act (November 14, Edmonton)
Environmental Law Centre finds Alberta Parks Act “significant step backwards”... Read more »
The legislation that the government is trying to pass was introduced once before in 1999-2000.
Below are links to news articles which were released at that time.
Environmental groups say a bill introduced in the legislature last week will erode protections now in place for Alberta's provincial parks.
But Tourism, Parks and Recreation Minister Cindy Ady says the legislation is about making the classification of parks easier to understand, not changing government policy.
"We're not looking at taking away any of the protections," Ady said of Bill 29, the Alberta Parks Act.
"I'm not planning on introducing motorized vehicles into parks or any of that. Not at all."
Ady said the current system of classifying different types of lands with some level of protection -- and what activities are allowed in each -- is too confusing. She said environmental groups will likely feel relieved when they see how the final rules shake out.
At the same time, the minister said she wants to find "balance" in designating provincial landscapes.... Read more »
EDMONTON - The NDP and conservation groups say proposed changes to Alberta parks will pave the way for more resource development, hunting and off-road vehicles on protected land.
The government introduced the Alberta Parks Act Thursday, saying it will better balance conservation and recreation.
NDP environment critic Rachel Notley says the bill would give the government the power to make changes to protected areas without public scrutiny.
Read the entire article at the link below.