This picture of Abraham Lake from Hood Doo Creek was taken by Craig Saunders. AEP announced Friday proposed changes to Bighorn Country, including a $40 million investment over five years to the area, plus three new provincial parks. Photo by Craig Saunders

Red Deerians can weigh in on proposed Bighorn Country investment tonight

Telephone town hall takes place 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Red Deer residents and those in the surrounding area will have the chance to weigh in on the proposed Bighorn Country investment Wednesday night.

Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips is holding a telephone town hall for the region from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. She is calling for comments, suggestions and concerns on the proposed management in the areas.

The $40-million investment into Bighorn Country aims to expand, amend or create four parks, four recreation areas and two public land use zones.

These changes aim to support recreation activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, off-highway vehicle use, horseback riding, ice climbing and cross-country skiing, the government website reads.

The proposal also aims to support industrial activity on public lands east of the Bighorn Backcountry, such as agriculture, coal, forestry, oil and gas.

“For most users, the proposal means little or no change to the activities currently allowed in the area. Trails will not be closed, random camping will still be allowed, industrial development will continue and Indigenous traditional practices will be supported,” the website reads.

Bighorn Country includes public lands from the boundary of Banff National Park eastward towards Drayton Valley. It includes Clearwater County, most of Brazeau County and the current Bighorn Backcountry management area.

To participate in the telephone town hall, dial 1-877-229-8493 and enter code 115500#. Participants can also listen and ask questions online at vekeo.com/youralberta.

The public can also send comments and suggestions via an online survey until Feb. 15th, 2019.

-With files from the Alberta Government

Just Posted

Ponoka business owners win franchisee of the year award

A local janitorial services business was recently awarded the parent company’s 2018… Continue reading

Annual raffle supports Ponoka kids in sports

Five fantastic packages donated as prizes to raise funds enabling kids to play

Contentious property back in Ponoka County spotlight

Community complaints bring recycling business back to council to discuss allegations

Kiya Bruno, 13, a quadruple threat

Actress, singer, dancer, activist and entrepreneur

Permit rescinded by Ponoka County for cannabis production facility

Apparently miscommunication on water led to decision by council

UPDATE: B.C. pilot killed in Honduras plane crash

The crash happened in the Roatan Islands area, according to officials

Authorities warn out-of-control wildfire could cut northern Alberta town’s electricity

Alberta Transportation has closed Highway 35 south of High Level due to the fire

‘Rope-a-dope’: Environmentalists say Alberta war room threat won’t distract them

Those against Alberta Premier Jason Kenney aren’t worried about promise to fight critics of energy industry

Almost $13 million to be paid to Grande Prairie hospital subcontractors, others

No reasons for the Court of Queen’s Bench order were released

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Speed, alcohol considered factors in deadly Calgary crash: police

Two female passengers in the Corolla, aged 31 and 65, died at the scene

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

‘What’s your number?’: Advocates urge Canadians to check their blood pressure

May 17 is World Hypertension Day, marked to spread awareness on the risks of high blood pressure

National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day is May 18

Alberta RCMP participates in Canada Road Safety Week during Victoria Day long weekend

Most Read