Parks Canada needs to hear from you.
The Maligne Valley in Jasper National Park is home to some spectacular wildlife including grizzly bears, black bears, caribou, moose, harlequin ducks and black swifts.
Parks Canada, pressured by business interests, is considering allowing overnight commercial accommodation in the form of tent cabins at the iconic Maligne Lake. This will not benefit the wildlife. It will mean people moving around at night, increased night traffic on the 48 km road to the lake and will necessitate an amendment to the Jasper National Park Management Plan that could create a bad precedent for other Canadian national parks.
What would you – the Canadian people – like to see in this lovely wilderness valley? This is your national park. It is also part of an UNESCO World Heritage Site that Canada has committed to protect for all people.
Parks Canada has issued a draft Discussion Paper on an Implementation Strategy for the Maligne Valley. http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/jasper/plan/maligne.aspx
If you are in Jasper, Prince George or Edmonton there will be forums this week:
Jasper – Wednesday, Oct 15, Jasper Activity Centre at 6:30 p.m.
Prince George – Wednesday, Oct 15, via video conference, University of Northern B.C. 5-140D Library Building, (first floor), at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Edmonton – Thursday, Oct 16, Edmonton Sheraton Hotel at 6:30 p.m.
For other Canadians and world citizens comments may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org until October 31, 2014