A Species At Risk Action Plan for Banff: AWA Encourages Moving at a Snail’s Pace
June 9, 2017
Parks Canada’s proposed action plan for species at risk in Banff National Park fails to meet the Species at Risk Act requirements for species-at-risk action plans. That is the message Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) delivered to Parks Canada today.
AWA’s critique comes in its comments on the Parks Canada Agency’s Multi-species Action Plan for Banff National Park of Canada [Proposed]. “Parks Canada’s proposed multi-species action plan doesn’t have any sense of urgency,” says AWA’s Ian Urquhart. “The Parks Canada proposal also lacks the details action plans ‘must include’ according to the Act.”
Proposed actions for five species – westslope cutthroat trout, woodland caribou, common nighthawk, olive-sided flycatcher, and Banff Springs Snail – are outlined in this plan. Those actions are a pale reflection of what Parks Canada proposed in 2007 to recover the Banff Springs Snail. “All of the species listed in this proposed action plan,” Urquhart added, “could benefit if Parks Canada moved as quickly and thoroughly on their behalf as the Agency did for the Banff Springs Snail in 2007.”
AWA urged Parks Canada to make the following revisions to its action plan:
For More Information:
Ian Urquhart, Alberta Wilderness Association, 780 937-4692