“We appreciate government has listened to Albertans who love nature.”
Today Alberta Environment and Parks announced they have reversed course on their plan to delist and close more than 175 parks in the province. This, regardless if they have secured partnerships with community or non-profit groups to ensure continued operation, or not. According to Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) Conservation Initiative this is a gift.
“The removal of parks designations was a serious concern to us, as well as tens of thousands of Albertans who loudly raised their voices in support of wild spaces. In a year where we have seen how important nature is for all people, this is positive news,” says Hilary Young, senior Alberta program manager.
“We appreciate government has listened to Albertans who love nature. Partnerships are a way to support parks and users, and it is important to continue to manage our parks for conservation values. We expect that the Crown land vision will reaffirm this,” she says.
A collaborative group that has found solutions to environmental issues in Alberta for more than 25 years with a variety of governments, partners and communities, Y2Y looks forward to continued engagement with the province on land-use issues.
Header photo: Tim Johnson