Alberta Opposition calls for public consultation on provincial parks plan

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Alberta Opposition calls for public consultation on provincial parks plan


The Alberta Opposition is calling on the government to hold virtual public hearings on a plan to remove dozens of parks and recreation sites from the provincial system.

NDP environment critic Marlin Schmidt says the United Conservative government should hold off on making any changes until those hearings are complete.


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Schmidt was joined at an online news conference by Gabriella Peter and Wendy Urquhart, two Albertans who use the parks system and say they would like to have input into any decisions.

Environment Minister Jason Nixon has said the government plans to fully or partially close 20 provincial parks and hand off another 164 to third-party managers.


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Sites for which no manager can be found will lose park status and revert to general Crown land, which can be sold.






How changes to Alberta parks will impact conservation


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Budget documents suggest the move would save about $5 million.

The plan has raised major concerns, with one online petition getting more than 52,000 signatures.


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