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AOHVA - COHV Advisory: March 8, 2017
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Government of Alberta extends Public Consultation Process
Plan to attend one of the sessions on recreational uses in southern Alberta and the Castle parks.
Be sure to share this information with your family and friends - anyone who rides an OHV anywhere in the province of Alberta.
New Public Consultation Sessions Scheduled
The Government of Alberta is currently enacting the biggest change to land use in the province in 30 years. Quite likely, it will impose a significant reduction or the complete elimination of motorized recreation in our parks and public lands.

Be informed. Get engaged. TAKE ACTION!
Plan to attend one of the meetings set for public consultation on recreational uses in southern Alberta and the Castle parks. Additional meetings will be scheduled for the coming weeks.
     March 10: Pincher Creek
     4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
     Pincher Creek Community Centre – 287 Canyon Drive
     March 11: MD of Ranchlands
     2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
     Chain Lakes Provincial Park – MD Office (directions)
Support the AOHVA 4-Point Plan for an Environmentally Responsible Solution; ask for clarification about the consultation process, the science and your opportunity to enjoy Alberta’s wide open spaces in the future.
Check this site for additional meetings: https://talkaep.alberta.ca/CastleManagementPlan 
Read about the AOHVA 4-Point Plan here:
http://us15.campaign-archive2.com/?u=0512f318807d25dcdfbdf956b&id=c1cece2256 
 
What did Minister Shannon Phillips' recent announcement really mean? 
In simple terms, the Minister's announcement means the consultation period has been extended another 30 days.
Nothing more.
The announcement did not commit to an inclusive, collaborative and transparent consultation process; with AOHVA and member clubs being given due consideration. Nor did it make any reference to altering the Minister's decision to eventually ban all OHV use in the Castle...and quite likely beyond those boundaries to include the entire Eastern Slopes.

So what can you do? Be informed. Get engaged. TAKE ACTION!
 
Listen to the Minister's announcement here: https://soundcloud.com/your-alberta
Listen to her interview with Danielle Smith on QR77 Newstalk here: https://omny.fm/shows/danielle-smith/shannon-phillips-on-castle-parks-region
Attend the newly scheduled Public Consultations as referenced in the above section.
WRITE THE MINISTER           SIGN A PETITION           COMPLETE THE SURVEY 
With the AOHVA 4-Point Plan, OHV trails like this are part of an environmentally responsible solution.
AOHVA's 4-Point Plan is the Environmentally Responsible Solution to ensure Alberta Parks remain open to all Albertans

It is important for you to know that AOHVA supports a solution that strikes a balance between environmental stewardship and recreation opportunities. By incorporating best practices from across North America and by implementing innovative approaches to developing, managing and sustaining shared trail networks we can make Alberta the model for conflict-free recreational trail development and management.

The AOHVA 4-point plan will ensure that past damage is corrected and not repeated in the future. We are committed to:
  1. Working with the Government of Alberta, Land Use Framework staff and our own experts in designing and developing trails that are sustainable and environmentally-sound and repairing damaged trails.  We support the establishment of a shared use park in the Castle region so let’s get this right and move on to building proper trails for all Albertans to enjoy. 
  2. Dedicating 100% of an increase in OHV registration fees to tackling important issues like habitat protection and proper trail construction and maintenance in partnership with government under an accountable, transparent and arms-length management structure. 
  3. Giving law enforcement agencies the tools and mandate to fully enforce the law on anyone who violates the new trails management framework for the Castle and for other parts of Alberta as they are developed.
  4. Building a better environmental and trail experience. Alberta can lead the way in OHV trail development by putting the onus on organizations like the AOHVA and its like-minded partners to be responsible for environmental stewardship as a means of eliminating improper use of the back country.
Listen to AOHVA President Brent Hodgson's interviews with:  
Danielle Smith on QR77 Newstalk (March 1, 2017):  https://omny.fm/shows/danielle-smith/aohva-ways-in-on-ohv-use
Peter Watts on QR77 Newstalk (March 4, 2017, Listen at 8:05 a.m.): http://www.newstalk770.com/audio-on-demand-2/
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