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Chris Bunting, Y2Y Supporter since 2007

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SSRP: Hitting Four Birds With One Stone

The South Saskatchewan Regional Land Use Plan (SSRP) has the potential to set Alberta in the right direction for the next 50 years. But will it?

The plan sets out Alberta’s approach for managing public and private lands as well as natural resources for the South Saskatchewan area. It is an enormous area that extends across the southern portion of the province from north of Calgary, to the U.S. border.

Y2Y is using its energy to ensure the plan reflects our goal of an interconnected landscape that protects core wildlife habitats.

“This planning process is a great opportunity to advance several of Y2Y’s interests in Alberta,” says Wendy Francis, Y2Y Program Director.

Four Campaigns

This plan could implement much needed restrictions on motorized vehicles in core grizzly habitat, a goal of the provincial recovery plan for this Threatened species.

The Castle Watershed, an area that plays a key role in the Crown of the Continent ecosystem, will also be impacted by decisions on logging rights, watershed conservation and protected versus multi-use land designations.

Finally two other campaigns will be shaped by how the plan deals with issues of connectivity. Our work to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions along Alberta’s Highway 3; as well as our efforts to balance the coexistence of Canmore’s residents with wildlife living in a regional wildlife movement corridor outside Banff National Park are at stake.