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AWA Briefing Note re: Parks Closures

July 23, 2020

In February 2020, the Government of Alberta announced a plan to remove 164 of 473 sites from the Alberta Parks system, which includes 11 Provincial Parks, 10 Natural Areas and 143 Provincial Recreation Areas (PRAs). AWA has serious concerns with the removal of sites from the parks system due to the important recreational and ecological values these areas provide; this decision will almost certainly mean the protected area status will be threatened.

The Alberta Government is currently treating Alberta’s Parks system as a financially struggling system. Parks and protected areas are not an enterprise, they are an investment in the health and well-being of Albertans.

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