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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 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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1. The management plan identifies objectives and strategies to manage biodiversity, connectivity and species at risk (e.g., westslope cutthroat trout habitat). The primary objectives include:

  • Developing thresholds and targets to manage biodiversity across the landscape.
  • Ensuring connectivity corridors are identified and maintained.
  • Protecting, maintaining or enhancing habitat for species of concern.

To what extent do you agree or disagree that the objectives and strategies protect biodiversity, connectivity and species at risk found in these parks?

2. Clean water and healthy aquatic systems are critical to the health of humans and wildlife. The management plan states the following objectives:

  • Protect the headwaters of the Oldman River Watershed.
  • Maintain and enhance water quality and quantity in waterbodies in Castle Provincial Park and Castele Wildland Provincial Park.
  • Protect and enhance the integrity of riparian and wetland ecosystems.

To what extent do you agree or disagree that the protection of the headwaters of the Oldman River Watershed should be a high priority in the management of these parks?

  • See: Management Plan: Executive Summary (page vii); Section 1 (pages 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 14, 19 & 20); Section 2 (pages 23, 24, 27, 28, 31, 36, 40 & 41); Section 6 (page 90, 94 & 100)

3. Although hunting is typically not permitted in Provincial Parks, page 95 of the Management Plan states:

“A broader suite of hunting opportunities is permitted within Castle Provincial Park to address the management of some species within the park and to minimize negative impacts on adjacent private land.”

To what extent do you agree or disagree that hunting should be used within the Provincial Park as an effective wildlife management tool?

4. In order to minimize negative environmental impacts of recreational off-highway vehicle use, page 102 of the Management Plan states that:

“The Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park have high levels of biodiversity, important headwaters that are highly susceptible to damage and critical habitat for species at risk, including genetically pure westslope cutthroat trout (a species that is subject to a federal critical habitat order). To protect these ecosystems, landscapes and water resources, recreational off-highway vehicle use will not be permitted in the Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park.” As such, recreational off-highway vehicle use will be phased out over a three to five year period to allow for adequate off-road opportunities to be developed on nearby public lands.

To what extent do you agree or disagree that a transition period is necessary for the elimination of recreational off-highway vehicle use in Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park to adjacent public lands?

  • See: Management Plan: Section 1 (page 19); Section 2 (pages 32 – 35); Section 6 (pages 102 & 103)

5. As these lands are managed under the Provincial Parks Act, automobile accessible random camping is not a permissible activity. In order to continue to provide rustic group camping opportunities while minimizing negative environmental impact, page 89 the Management Plan states:

“…rustic group camping areas will be identified and designated in the provincial park. These sites will be reviewed and may be relocated as the long-term strategy is developed…”

To what extend do you agree with the designation of rustic group camping areas in the provincial park?