CPAWS Provides input on Maligne Valley Situation Analysis
CPAWS Northern Alberta has reviewed Parks Canada’s Situation Analysis for the Maligne Valley - Draft October 2013. In general, CPAWS concurs with most of the science-based information and we agree with the repeated theme in the report that there are several gaps in information about the Maligne Valley.
In fact, we believe those information discrepancies and gaps are significant enough to constitute a challenge for sound decision-making by Parks Canada about what visitor experiences would be appropriate or not in the valley. Furthermore, the report’s stated potential impacts on sensitive species should be adequate, based on provincial and federal legislative requirements, to prevent any approval of new infrastructure overnight accommodation.
In our formal response to Parks Canada, we have highlighted some of the information gaps that the Situation Analysis identified as well as several items related to sensitive species that suggest the risk of impact from overnight accommodation or new infrastructure would be too great. Read the CPAWS response.
In addition to submitting this response and participating in a Parks Canada consultation session on this issue, Executive Director Kelly Sloan was a guest on the CBC radio show alberta@noon to discuss CPAWS' concerns with the Maligne Lake proposal. Listen now!