North Saskatchewan Regional Plan RAC Survey

North Saskatchewan Regional Plan RAC Survey


Hi, I’m Shannon Phillips, Minister of
Environment and Parks. As we move forward with regional planning, we know Albertans deserve a plan that supports jobs and economic diversification, protects our
air, water and land, and also grows recreational opportunities for future
generations. We recently released the recommendations of the Regional Advisory Council for the North Saskatchewan region. The region is home to Alberta’s
industrial heartland, the capital region, some of the best farmland in the world,
lakes, wetlands, and breathtaking foothills and mountains. It’s also home
to the headwaters that supply the drinking water to the City of Edmonton
and surrounding communities, like Camrose, Drayton Valley, right down to the city of
Red Deer. And that’s why we’re asking all Albertans to provide their feedback on
the North Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council’s report and recommendations as
we enter this next phase of planning for the future of the North Saskatchewan
region. It’s important we get this right, together. That means improving our areas
for hiking, camping, hunting, fishing and horseback riding. In fact, the advice
we’ve received compliments the Bighorn Advisory Council as a model for how
local residents can show true leadership in looking after our public land use
zones. The work in Bighorn on responsible land use has been incredible,
with many local groups donating time, money, equipment, energy to working
together to maintain off-highway vehicle trails, monitor campgrounds and look
after bridges and outhouses. They’ve also made enormous efforts to repair the
damage done by those who don’t respect the natural beauty of this region. And as
we move forward, that work won’t be disregarded – it will be rewarded. In short,
we want to hear from indigenous peoples and all Albertans. Your feedback will help us develop a plan that protects our critical
headwaters, lakes and wetlands, supports existing industrial and agricultural
development, encourages economic diversification and growth and tourism,
and respects treaty rights, including traditional indigenous land use. I’m
asking all Albertans to take our online survey, which has been set up to collect
feedback, before May 4th 2018.