The Alberta government on Tuesday abruptly cancelled a request for proposals seeking a contractor to provide long-range drones to help with enforcement of camping on public lands this summer.
Posted on Friday, the RFP suggested Alberta Environment and Parks planned to use drones to take photos and video of “designated areas” of public lands over four weekends this summer and fall.
“ISR (Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) collection will take place within designated areas in Alberta between July 1–4, 2021, July 31- August 3, 2021, September 4-7, 2021 and October 9-12, 2021 … to include detection of campfires, off-highway vehicles operating in restricted areas, gatherings of ten (10) or more individuals, and officer safety support,” the bid document stated.
In the southern part of Alberta, travellers will come across one of the most incredible national parks that the country can offer. Bordering on the United States, Waterton Lakes National Park encompasses an area that, along with the neighbouring Glacier National Park (USA), has been designated an international peace park, a World Heritage Site, and a Biosphere Reserve.
he government of Alberta is establishing a Kananaskis Conservation Pass that will see vehicles charged a per day, or annual fee to access the region’s provincial parks and recreation areas, including those located in the Bow Valley corridor.a day ago By: Tanya Fouber
Several dozen cars park along the Lac des Arcs highway exit and along the road to the Heart Creek trail head parking lot on Saturday (April 17). The parking lot was full. EVAN BUHLER RMO PHOTO
KANANASKIS COUNTRY— The government of Alberta is establishing a Kananaskis Conservation Pass that will see vehicles charged a per day or annual fee to access the region’s provincial parks and recreation areas in the Bow Valley corridor.
Starting June 1, 2021, visiting K-country will cost recreational users $15 a day or $90 a year per vehicle. The regions a pass would be required includes popular hiking areas along Highway 1A, the Trans-Canada Highway and those accessed through trailheads in Canmore and around, such as Grassi Lakes.
Environment and Parks Minister Jason Nixon said Tuesday (April 27) 100 per cent of the revenues from the initiative will go directly into managing of the area and conservation initiatives to protect it into the future.
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Research suggests two parks proposed for the southwestern corner of Alberta are already so heavily used they’re becoming useless to the grizzly bears they are supposed to protect.
Analysis of the latest satellite imagery suggests less than half of the proposed Castle Wildland Park has enough undisturbed habitat to support the bears. Almost none of a provincial park planned for the same area has any secure habitat left, despite the region being considered a key link for grizzlies between British Columbia and Montana.
“It’s great that the government of Alberta is turning this into a special place with two parks,” said Wynet Smith of Global Forest Watch, which conducted the study. “But it’s evident from the data that there’s a lot of restoration required.”