Castle Special Management Announcement I was advised of very quick notice of a conference call with the Minister of Parks and Environment at which time at 6:00 P.M. last night that the boundaries of the new Parks have been approved by an order in council to be about the same as the original proposal and effective immediately that all “illegal trails” in the Castle will be closed and some designated trails will remain open for OHV use for a period of two to five years to allow for the development of other trail systems outside of the Parks. (At the same time reducing the amount of trails in the Porcupine and Livingston Range) Not sure how that is going to work. I raised the question to the Minster why has this decision been made when the Castle Management Board that I was sitting on has not made any recommendations to the Government that I am aware of. I believe this Board was simply a dog and pony show as the Government had already made their decision. The Minister’s response was that this is just a draft plan and all recommendations would be considered. There is a 16 day public consultation process where apparently there will an on-line format for people to voice their concerns although at this point we have not been able to locate a link for this survey. Once we find it we will advise. This information will be announced by the Premier at 11:00 at the Kootenai Brown Village in Pincher Creek today. I urge anyone that can attend to be there to voice their displeasure. The Quad Squad will continue its efforts to preserve our recreational sport.

I was advised of very quick notice of a conference call with the Minister of Parks and Environment at which time at 6:00 P.M. last night that the boundaries of the new Parks have been approved by an order in council to be about the same as the original proposal and effective immediately that all “illegal trails” in the Castle will be closed and some designated trails will remain open for OHV use for a period of two to five years to allow for the development of other trail systems outside of the Parks.  (At the same time reducing the amount of trails in the Porcupine and Livingston Range)  Not sure how that is going to work.  I raised the question to the Minster why has this decision been made when the Castle Management Board that I was sitting on has not made any recommendations to the Government that I am aware of.  I believe this Board was simply a dog and pony show as the Government had already made their decision. The Minister’s response was that this is just a draft plan and all recommendations would be considered.  There is a 16 day public consultation process where apparently there will an on-line format for people to voice their concerns although at this point we have not been able to locate a link for this survey.  Once we find it we will advise.  This information will be announced by the Premier at 11:00 at the Kootenai Brown Village  in Pincher Creek today.  I urge anyone that can attend to be there to voice their displeasure.  The Quad Squad will continue its efforts to preserve our recreational sport.

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