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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Public invited to comment on Castle plan until Oct. 5


Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is asking for public input regarding enhanced protection of the Castle Special Management Area. As recently announced, the government intends to amend the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan to designate the Castle area under Parks’ legislation.

According to AEP, "The planned amendment would protect important fish and wildlife habitats, shared international wildlife populations, provide headwater protection, help to manage and develop recreational and tourism opportunities, and reduce or remove industrial impacts on the landscape. In addition, this would enhance the significant recreation and tourism potential of the area, contribute to the local economy, improve the quality of life of Albertans, and continue to position Alberta as an international tourism destination."

Citizens are invited to submit comments, suggestions and concerns via an online form, email, or standard mail.  Comments will be collected until October 5, 2015. 

Online: Online Form
Email: ParkNews@gov.ab.ca 

Mail: Attn: Parks Division
Re: Enhancing the Protection of the Castle area
2nd Floor Oxbridge Place
9820 – 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
T5K 2J6 

Separate aboriginal consultation will follow the Government of Alberta’s First Nations Consultation Policy on Land Management and Resource Development and associated Guidelines.

For further information about the planned commitment, please see the Frequently Asked Questions, the Information Brochure, and associated maps.

Once a decision has been reached it will be posted online at www.albertaparks.ca/consult and www.landuse.alberta.ca .

Related information from Alberta Government:
Frequently Asked Questions
Information Brochure
Map of Castle area – Current State (PDF)
Map of Castle area – Final State (PDF)
Map of Castle area - Final State (Shapefile)

Related story:
Province to fully protect Castle area

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