CPAWS is working to ensure Jasper National Park maintains its natural beauty and its ecological integrity
Resort Development at Maligne Lake Threatens Jasper's Wildlife
Jasper National Park in Alberta is one of Canada’s most spectacular and beloved national parks. Part of the UNESCO Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, Jasper is home to Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed landscapes in the world. Maligne Tours, the commercial operator that runs daytime operations at Maligne Lake, is proposing to build a resort along the shores of this iconic lake.
On July 25, 2014, Parks Canada announced a decision on the resort proposal. While they rejected the proposed hotel building, they gave the green light to proposed tent cabins to advance to the next stage of the approval process, saying they will amend the park management plan to allow this development to proceed.
This proposal directly contravenes national park policy prohibiting new commercial overnight accommodations outside the park town site – a policy that was enacted specifically to control commercial development in our Rocky Mountains national parks. The proposal also threatens sensitive wildlife, including the endangered Maligne herd of woodland caribou (southern mountain population), which only has four animals left and needs less development in its habitat, not more.
Join us in TAKING ACTION TODAY! CPAWS is calling on the federal government to reject this proposal because:
CPAWS is actively participating in consultations and speaking out on this issue.
CPAWS welcomes letter from former Senior Parks Canada staff. Read about the letter and find the full text here.
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