The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan is finished. Here’s how the final version reflects your feedback.

Originally posted on Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development:

SSRP bannerThe SSRPhas been a long time in the making. Over three phases of consultation we heard from 7,500 Albertans and received 2,000 online workbooks and written submissions.

The views and ideas we heard were diverse to say the least (you can check out all the summaries of the consultation sessions here). But there were also some concerns and ideas that we heard in almost every community we visited. We’ve made changes based on those comments.

Today, we’re happy to announce that the SSRP has been finalized. Here are some of the changes we’ve made to reflect your feedback: SSRP sign Taber 2013

  • More land for the Castle Wildland Provincial Park (now 54,588 hectares) and Pekisko Heritage Rangeland (34,356 hectares)
  • A formal commitment to work with our stakeholders to explore conservation opportunities in the Twin River and Onefour Heritage Rangeland Natural Areas of the grasslands
  • Improved connectivity for wildlife habitats, both within…

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Taste the Land at Alberta’s Open Farm Days

Taste the LandFood is always best when it’s fresh, and it doesn’t come fresher than off the farm. There’s no better time to explore Alberta-grown cuisine than during Alberta Open Farm Days, August 23-24.

Reward your taste buds with something fresh and fantastic, and discover some great hidden gems in our province. Family-based agri-businesses want to bring something new, something better, or even a lost culinary tradition to your table. Continue reading

Helping more people connect with nature is goal of new plan

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Recently, I released Alberta Parks’ plan to make provincial parks more inclusive. The plan is called Everyone Belongs Outside and outlines how my department plans to implement a province-wide strategy to remove barriers and create opportunities for all Albertans to be able to connect with nature. Continue reading

Vermilion Spray Park is a great place to cool down on a hot day

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When the sun shines in Alberta, we like to soak up as much of it as possible.

This summer, thanks to the hard work of the town and people of Vermilion, as well as the support of Alberta Parks, Albertans have a new place to cool down on a hot day: the Vermilion Spray Park.

A grand opening event is scheduled to be held at the spray park on Saturday, July 12 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Don’t move a mussel! Bringing a boat into Alberta? Get inspected.

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Originally posted on Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development:
If you’re taking a boat across Alberta’s borders this summer, we’re asking for your help to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. These species – which include rock snot algae, zebra…

Breaking the Ice

Breaking the iceYou don’t have to look much further than the World Cup taking place in Brazil right now to see the draw of sport tourism. Hundreds of thousands of foreign tourists are expected to visit Brazil for the games, spending an estimated $2.9 billion. Almost 1,000,000 Brazilians are expected to travel to Rio to watch the games, spending almost $7.8 billion. In total, the Brazilian government estimates that the economic benefit of hosting the World Cup will be close to $110 billion. Could the same thing happen in northeast Alberta? It might be more realistic than you think. Continue reading

Fort McMurray … it’s much more than the oilsands

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My camping tour of northeast Alberta is coming to an end in the next few days.

Today we left our camping spot at Gregoire Lake Provincial Park to meet with tourism partners in Fort McMurray at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre. I was joined by representatives from Fort McMurray Tourism, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the Fort McMurray Hotel Group, Alberta TrailNet, the Fort McMurray International Airport and Travel Alberta. We shared information, discussed the current status of tourism, as well as challenges and opportunities. It was an energetic and helpful exchange of ideas.

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