Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park Draft Management Plan

Alberta Parks has developed a draft Management Plan for the newly created Castle Provincial Park and the Castle Wildland Provincial Park with advice and recommendations from First Nations and key stakeholders. The draft plan sets out objectives and strategies for management of the parks over a 10-year period.

Collecting Albertan’s perspectives on these two new parks is an important part of the planning process. On this page you may download the draft management plan. After reviewing the draft management plan, click the survey link to provide answers to specific questions and to share any other input you wish.

Significance

The Castle area represents one of the most important natural sites in Alberta. It is a unique ecosystem that is internationally recognized for its biodiversity and landscapes. It encompasses headwaters which supply one third of all the water in the Oldman Watershed, and it contains immeasurably valuable habitat for species such as grizzly bear, wolverine, westslope cutthroat trout, and harlequin ducks.

Sharing borders with Waterton National Park to the south, British Columbia to the west, and the Crowsnest Pass to the north, the Castle area is part of the Crown of the Continent, and an important link in major Rocky Mountain wildlife habitats and corridors. Numerous archaeological, historical and First Nations traditional-use sites are known to exist in the Castle area. This area also has the potential to significantly contribute to the local and provincial tourism economy.

Management Approach

Due to the complex nature of the landscape, habitats, current and traditional uses, and engaged stakeholders, the Castle Provincial Park and the Castle Wildland Provincial Park must be managed through a balance of diverse objectives. Given the extremely high ecological and cultural values, conservation will be the primary objective of both parks. Management of the ecosystem, the natural processes, and the visitor’s experience will be informed by the best available science, by the most current information and models, and by First Nation Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Management practices will consider past, current and future users, the perspectives of local communities and stakeholders, and wherever possible, incorporate long-standing land-management practices such as grazing and hunting. A wide range of recreational activities will be supported, and the development of new compatible experiences will be encouraged.

Public Comment:

Public input is encouraged and important. Send in your comments, suggestions and concerns by clicking on the online survey link below, or by emailing or mailing in your feedback to the appropriate address outlined below. You may also email or mail in a copy of the draft management plan, with your edits and comments clearly marked.

Feedback on the draft management plan for the Castle Provincial Park and the Castle Wildland Provincial Park will be collected until March 20, 2017.

Online Survey: Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park Management Plan

By Email: ABParks.PlanComments@gov.ab.ca

By Mail:
Attn: Senior Parks Planner
Alberta Environment and Parks
Parks Division
Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park Draft
Management Plan
4th fl Administration Building
909 - 3 Avenue North
Lethbridge, AB T1H 0H5

Indigenous Consultation:

Separate aboriginal consultation will follow the Government of Alberta’s First Nations Consultation Policy on Land Management and Resource Development and associated Guidelines. For further information, see:

What Happens After Public Comment?

Once the 60-day comment period is complete, all comments will be carefully reviewed and considered. The draft management plan will be revised as necessary to reflect public feedback and then released internally for interdepartmental reviews and approvals.

Once approved, the final Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park Management Plan will be posted on the Alberta Parks Public Consultations page along with a report summarizing all feedback received during the 60-day comment period.

The summary report will be built around themes in the feedback and the actions taken within the management plan to address the feedback.

Media Inquiries

Environment and Parks
780 427-8636
AEP.Mediainquiries@gov.ab.ca

*Disclaimer: We thank you for providing your input. Those who submit feedback will not be contacted individually regarding their submission.

Alberta Parks has developed a draft Management Plan for the newly created Castle Provincial Park and the Castle Wildland Provincial Park with advice and recommendations from First Nations and key stakeholders. The draft plan sets out objectives and strategies for management of the parks over a 10-year period.

Collecting Albertan’s perspectives on these two new parks is an important part of the planning process. On this page you may download the draft management plan. After reviewing the draft management plan, click the survey link to provide answers to specific questions and to share any other input you wish.

Significance

The Castle area represents one of the most important natural sites in Alberta. It is a unique ecosystem that is internationally recognized for its biodiversity and landscapes. It encompasses headwaters which supply one third of all the water in the Oldman Watershed, and it contains immeasurably valuable habitat for species such as grizzly bear, wolverine, westslope cutthroat trout, and harlequin ducks.

Sharing borders with Waterton National Park to the south, British Columbia to the west, and the Crowsnest Pass to the north, the Castle area is part of the Crown of the Continent, and an important link in major Rocky Mountain wildlife habitats and corridors. Numerous archaeological, historical and First Nations traditional-use sites are known to exist in the Castle area. This area also has the potential to significantly contribute to the local and provincial tourism economy.

Management Approach

Due to the complex nature of the landscape, habitats, current and traditional uses, and engaged stakeholders, the Castle Provincial Park and the Castle Wildland Provincial Park must be managed through a balance of diverse objectives. Given the extremely high ecological and cultural values, conservation will be the primary objective of both parks. Management of the ecosystem, the natural processes, and the visitor’s experience will be informed by the best available science, by the most current information and models, and by First Nation Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Management practices will consider past, current and future users, the perspectives of local communities and stakeholders, and wherever possible, incorporate long-standing land-management practices such as grazing and hunting. A wide range of recreational activities will be supported, and the development of new compatible experiences will be encouraged.

Public Comment:

Public input is encouraged and important. Send in your comments, suggestions and concerns by clicking on the online survey link below, or by emailing or mailing in your feedback to the appropriate address outlined below. You may also email or mail in a copy of the draft management plan, with your edits and comments clearly marked.

Feedback on the draft management plan for the Castle Provincial Park and the Castle Wildland Provincial Park will be collected until March 20, 2017.

Online Survey: Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park Management Plan

By Email: ABParks.PlanComments@gov.ab.ca

By Mail:
Attn: Senior Parks Planner
Alberta Environment and Parks
Parks Division
Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park Draft
Management Plan
4th fl Administration Building
909 - 3 Avenue North
Lethbridge, AB T1H 0H5

Indigenous Consultation:

Separate aboriginal consultation will follow the Government of Alberta’s First Nations Consultation Policy on Land Management and Resource Development and associated Guidelines. For further information, see:

What Happens After Public Comment?

Once the 60-day comment period is complete, all comments will be carefully reviewed and considered. The draft management plan will be revised as necessary to reflect public feedback and then released internally for interdepartmental reviews and approvals.

Once approved, the final Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park Management Plan will be posted on the Alberta Parks Public Consultations page along with a report summarizing all feedback received during the 60-day comment period.

The summary report will be built around themes in the feedback and the actions taken within the management plan to address the feedback.

Media Inquiries

Environment and Parks
780 427-8636
AEP.Mediainquiries@gov.ab.ca

*Disclaimer: We thank you for providing your input. Those who submit feedback will not be contacted individually regarding their submission.

  • Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park Draft Management Plan Survey

    The primary purposes of Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park are to ensure:

    1. conservation of nature
    2. respect of Indigenous rights
    3. provision of recreation and tourism experiences.

    All management decisions will be consistent with the protection of:

    1. biodiversity
    2. water resources
    3. ecological integrity and connectivity (page 3)

    The vision of the “Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park are managed as world-class protected places, employing high standards in conservation, respecting Indigenous rights, and providing sites and facilities for exceptional recreational experiences.”

    For more on the purposeContinue reading

    The primary purposes of Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park are to ensure:

    1. conservation of nature
    2. respect of Indigenous rights
    3. provision of recreation and tourism experiences.

    All management decisions will be consistent with the protection of:

    1. biodiversity
    2. water resources
    3. ecological integrity and connectivity (page 3)

    The vision of the “Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park are managed as world-class protected places, employing high standards in conservation, respecting Indigenous rights, and providing sites and facilities for exceptional recreational experiences.”

    For more on the purpose and vision refer to pages vii, viii, 3-8, and 11-16 of the Management Plan.


    The following questions will help the Government of Alberta understand your level of support for the strategies outlined in the draft management plan and inform the Government of Alberta in the finalization of the draft management plan for both Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park.

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    Information you provide to Alberta Environment & Parks is collected under the authority of Section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act and is managed in accordance with Part 2 of the FOIP Act. The personal information collected will be used for the development of the draft management plan for the Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park. Personal information will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose than stated, without written consent or unless required to do so by law. Should you wish to have your personal information removed, corrected or have any concerns pertaining to the Castle Wildland Provincial Park and Castle Provincial Park Draft Management Plan Consultation, please contact ABParks.PlanComments@gov.ab.ca

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