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PostPosted: May 16th, 2014, 10:35 am 
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Well, the Lakeland Provincial Park cabin issue seems to have come up again.

I know many of you know the circumstances of last year, but I'll re-iterate just in case. After the building materials were purchased with Alberta taxpayer money, they were flown into the park with no public consultation. There was a large amount of feedback (mostly negative) towards the idea, and the building materials were pulled out on the ground (you guessed it... at taxpayers expense).

The park is now going through a public consultation process for the cabins, and is asking for input here: http://www.albertaparks.ca/albertaparks ... abins.aspx

I know they have gotten a LOT of feedback in the one day that the consultation process has been open, but we ALL need to weigh in on this issue. Please, send this to your friends, and ask them to send a very quick email expressing the damage that cabins will do to the wilderness park. There's many great places for cabins in that park (like Touchwood), but the middle of the canoe circuit is not the right place.

Below is an example letter I sent, use it, modify it in whichever way you see fit, or send it in unmodified. Just please send something in, and ask all your friends and club members to do the same.

Some people that should be included in your letter are:


Norbert Raffael - Op Manager, Northeast Division: norbert.raffael@gov.ab.ca
Richard Starke - Minister of Tourism, Parks, and Rec: tpr.minister@gov.ab.ca
Tammy Forbes - Chief of Staff: tammy.forbes@gov.ab.ca
Dana Woodworth - Deputy Minister: dana.woodworth@gov.ab.ca
Alexander Nnamonu - Chief of Staff for ADM: alexander.nnamonu@gov.ab.ca
Graham Statt - ADM Parks Division: graham.statt@gov.ab.ca
NoAnn Kirkland - ADM Tourism Division: joann.kirkland@gov.ab.ca
Dale Schinkel - Director Parks Finance: dale.schinkel@gov.ab.ca
Carolyn Campbell - Alberta Wilderness Association: ccampbell@abwild.ca



Thank you.





RE: Lakeland Provincial Park Cabins

Lakeland PP is Alberta's ONLY canoe circuit. Sask and BC have a plethora of options like it, but Alberta has one.

When the park was founded, we all talked about it being the "K-country of the North", bringing a 'motor-free' zone to Northern Alberta, and proving people with a true wilderness experience.

Reading through the plethora of reviews on the canoe circuit, there's a common theme. Everyone is asking for two things: a bit of maintenance, and an enforced 'no motors' restriction. It is fairly telling that many of these reviews are from career journalists with no outdoors experience, and yet they talk about the charm and allure of unspoiled backcountry. In the many dozens of glowing reviews and trip logs for this park, not a single one says that it would be improved with cabins.

The cabins are supposed to provide a revenue stream, but again, I ask you to listen to your users. The lack of an overnight fee is somewhat odd in a park like this. Everyone understands that maintenance and rule enforcement costs money to provide. You have a dedicated user base literally clamouring to pay you money for park access. Please listen to this user base, let us pay for the experience, and lets build this park into what it was always intended to be, a well-maintained, no gas motor, back country wilderness area.

This is an amazing, pristine wilderness park. Please listen to the users of your park. Please don't build the cabins, they will significantly detract from the character that makes this park so special.


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