The North Saskatchewan Region contains a diverse landscape encompassing Rocky Mountain, rolling foothill and prairie parkland ecosystems. The North Saskatchewan Region includes headwaters forests that provide clean water to downstream communities, mountains foothills and parkland that support a diversity of habitats that provide homes for species at risk and serves as a major source of recreation and tourism.
The process for developing the North Saskatchewan Regional Plan (NSRP) is currently underway! CPAWS views the NSRP as an opportunity for the Government of Alberta protect key natural areas and manage the landscape to conserve the important natural ecosystem functions.
The Land Use Framework and associated North Saskatchewan Regional Plan (NSRP) is a Government of Alberta initiative intended to balance environmental, economic, and cultural well-being across a landscape that encompasses a diversity of land-uses. Albertans have seen too many beautiful and productive natural areas lost to poorly planned development and sprawl. We must plan ahead to maintain our natural values, as we grow our economy. This requires community and science-based solutions and effective land-use planning.
Applying land use planning best practices to limit cumulative effects and conserve environmentally significant areas and corridors protects Alberta's landscapes and ecosystems. If done right, regional planning can also set a clear path forward, protecting Alberta’s outdoor way of life, strengthening our economy and building a healthier environment as we grow and manage our resources.
A few areas we recommend for protection are:
CPAWS also recommends:
CPAWS Southern Alberta is working with other NGOs to call for protection for certain areas of the North Saskatchewan region and public lands are managed to maintain ecological function. We have attended Stakeholder engagement sessions and will continue encourage public participation in the process.
While the public consultation on the Terms of Reference of the NSRP is closed, we will continue to provide updates on how to get involved.
Write a letter or email to the Commissioner of the Government of Alberta’s Land Use Secretariat, at:
Commissioner, Land Use Secretariat
9th Floor, 10035-108 St. NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 3E1
Write to Chad Willms, Land Use Framework Planning Lead for North Saskatchewan Region at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write a letter or email to your local Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) telling them you want nature’s voice to be heard when the NSRP is drafted.
Who is your MLA?
Visit https://www.assembly.ab.ca/lao/mla/mla_help.htm to find out who your MLA is.
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