Y2Y is working to ensure greater protection for Alberta’s headwaters.
Headwaters are the source of all rivers or streams and include glaciers, streams, tributaries and more. Alberta’s mountain headwaters provide water for millions of people, deliver important natural services such as flood and drought control, provide critical habitat for wildlife and offer abundant recreation opportunities. While some of our headwaters, and surrounding habitat, are protected, many are not. Poor management practices over many decades mean that some mountain watersheds are no longer healthy and intact.
The Alberta government is currently engaging in land-use planning for the entire province. Four of the seven provincial planning regions are within the Yellowstone to Yukon region.
These land-use plans are a blueprint for activities that will occur on the land for the next 50 years. They offer a rare opportunity to increase protection for Alberta’s headwaters by managing forestry to reduce flood and drought impacts, creating new protected areas, preserving habitat for endangered and threatened species such as caribou and grizzly bear, and conserving the mountain viewscapes and recreational opportunities that draw so many residents and visitors to our region.
WHAT Y2Y IS DOINGY2Y is leading the initiative to influence these land-use plans to protect the headwaters within the Yellowstone to Yukon region. Key to these efforts is bringing together key stakeholders from each region to jointly develop a conservation vision for each region. Y2Y expresses this conservation vision to the government through the formal public comment period, and also to the public by organizing public events. Finally, we highlight opportunities for our supporters and the public to weigh in during public comment periods.
Click on the region to see our specific efforts:
Upper Athabasca Regional Plan (North Western Alberta)
Upper Peace Regional Plan (Western Alberta)
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1. Call 403.310.0000 and ask for your MLA. Let them know that Alberta’s headwaters matter to you, and that you want them to be protected!
2. Follow the campaign to protect the Bighorn Wildlands as a Wildland Park by visiting us online:
• Twitter: @Headwaters_AB, #loveyourheadwaters
• Instagram: @loveyourheadwaters, #loveyourheadwaters
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