Thursday, January 15, 2015

Unregulated quad use and random camping concerns citizen

Note: The following letter to council for the Municipal District of Pincher Creek, dated January 5, 2015, was received as information by the council at their January 13 meeting.  It is reprinted here in its entirety.
Kevin Finn

Congratulations to the MD council for its stand on the need for enforcement in the Forestry. Unregulated and illegal quad usage is causing extensive and long term damage out here and ESRD (Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development) needs to be put on notice.

A related issue is a lack of enforcement of rules respecting random camping. Currently there is a group of random campers in the forestry about 1km south of CMR (Castle Mountain Resort).They have been there since early last summer. They have dug a pit toilet to serve their camp next to the Castle River and have constructed semi-permanent buildings on the site. ESRD appears unable or unwilling to enforce the 14 day limit on random camping. As winter sets in I think there is a serious risk to these people and, as a result, to CMR staff who would be expected to attend any emergency.

CMR has applied to the department for approval of a new expanded and improved trailer park on its lease lands. Such a facility would be beneficial year round if, as anticipated in the South Saskatchewan Plan, random camping is outlawed south of the Resort. But, only if ESRD is willing to enforce its regulations, which as of today appears suspect.

Please feel free to share these thoughts with Council.

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