Peyto Cabin 2; lower Healy Creek

The L. hand photo is of the ladder to the food cache and the R. hand photo of the garbage dump. 1994

The L. hand photo is of the ladder to the food cache and the R. hand photo of the garbage dump. 1994

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Fortune Warden Cabin

Fortune Warden Cabin

I include this photo as this warden cabin tends to be overlooked and forgotten. It was located on the Spray River near Canyon Dam.
Photo was taken in 1990.

Threats to the S.A.R.A. Act

C.P.A.W.S  has sent out word that the Conservatives are considering changes to the S.A.R.A. act. Through their website you can send an e-mail to the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Envionment. Perhaps he is listening. His leader, the Honourable Stephen Harper, actually gave a press conference yesterday although he refused to answer questions. That could be a sign that he and his cabinet are starting to tune it to the publice that elected them.

If you are concerned about changes to this Act, please express them in the next few days. Most of us know some of the people who worked to get this Act enacted, the difficulties they had and the value this Act has nationally and internationally.

Perry Davis

Norquay Summer Use

The noon-hour phone-in program on C.B.C. Radion yesterday was on the approval of the summer use plan for Norquay. Listening to the comments phoned or e-mailed in gave some hope for support for ecological integrity among the public despite the current park stand (yeah, I know, the policy says otherwise).

About two-thirds of the comments were against the approval of the plan. Almost all were from well-informed people – if this is a representative sample of the AB population it says good things. The need for protection, reductions in park budgets, contempt for the amusement park approach ,the availability of all these “opportunities” in other locations, and the urgency of protecting wild spaces and species were all expressed by this group. There were opposing views. The woman who started off the call-ins had, I guess you could call it, a realistic comment. She said she was opposed to the plan but now it has been approved she will be making use of them. One woman staggered me by describing the Leagacy Trail as in a wildlife corridor. Perhaps she has not noticed the fence? She sounded intelligent so I thinking it was AMPPE-speak. Another speaker was of the opinion that there were so many mountain peaks that summer use at Norquay would make no difference. Obviously, he was not taking into account how many of those peaks are outside protected areas and can be hunted, logged and otherwise exploited nor did he consider the montane ecological region at Norquay and elsewhere.

One comment that sticks in my mind and will, perhaps in yours, was that once the genie is out of the bottle . . . .

Perry Davis