If you are lucky enough to live in the mountains, you are lucky enough!

My mother has a sign hanging in her kitchen that says, “If you are lucky enough to live in the mountains, you are lucky enough!” It makes me smile because I know I am absolutely blessed to live in the Crowsnest Pass, with easy access to our public lands. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to get up early before it gets hot, then either hike or horseback ride to above treeline where it is quiet and beautiful. There, above the noise and hustle of a busy life, I can enjoy a fried egg sandwich and a thermos of coffee and gaze on nature’s canvas. Breakfast at treeline feels pretty lucky!

In Alberta we have a thin strip of mountains, running along our western border, which has experienced increased demand over the last twenty years. I have been watching with a grieving heart these last ten years as I have witnessed the ever-increasing number of roads, trails, and paths through previously undisturbed areas. I am pleased Alberta Environment and Parks are taking steps to address the unsustainable practices that have been degrading our forests, streams, and wildlife habitat. By taking steps to reduce the linear footprint on the land through the Footprint and Recreation Management plans we are ensuring these critical areas will continue to be viable watersheds, wildlife habitats, and beautiful recreation areas for all to enjoy.

Carol Ostrom