Crown Land Vision and Sustainable Recreation Engagement
2020-11-29The Alberta Government is committed to a common sense land management system, and the vision sets the stage for improvements Albertans have asked for, like supporting the sustainable use of trails and the backcountry, getting rid of confusing and conflicting rules, and conservation of Crown land and biodiversity to ensure land uses are sustainable into the future.
One component of achieving that vision is improving how recreation is managed on provincial Crown land, which includes public lands, parks and protected areas. I would like to inform you that Alberta Environment and Parks is initiating engagement with Albertans on how to improve our approach to sustainable funding and partnerships for recreation in the province.
The Government of Alberta recognizes the significant contribution of outdoor recreation organizations in trail planning, development, maintenance, education, and stewardship. Alberta’s recreational users have indicated that in order to sustain recreation experiences, more needs to be done to manage recreation areas, including random camping and trails, and to enforce rules to ensure future generations can also enjoy recreation experiences afforded by our natural heritage. We are seeking input on ways to enhance recreation experiences for Albertans in a way that is sustainably funded and enables partnerships.
An online public survey is now available until January 15, 2021 to provide an opportunity to share feedback to help inform how outdoor recreation in Alberta can be improved and better managed. We encourage Alberta Hiking Association to inform and share this survey with your members.
Brian Makowecki, Executive Director, Planning Branch, Alberta Environment and Parks