New park a cause for cel­e­bra­tion

Calgary Herald - - OPINION -

Re: Bi­ol­o­gists pen let­ter over Op­po­si­tion MLA’s al­leged ‘mis­in­for­ma­tion,’ Jan. 3

What’s not to like about new trails, camp­grounds, habi­tat, wildlife and crit­i­cal water­shed pro­tec­tion? Pro­tect­ing the Bighorn should be a no­brainer as our cur­rent parks sys­tem is so pop­u­lar, you have to book sites and trails months in ad­vance.

Out­door recre­ation ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing hik­ing, bik­ing, kayak­ing, ca­noe­ing, ski­ing, climb­ing etc. are great for your health, and tourism rev­enue will only in­crease as we en­hance our recre­ation desti­na­tion pos­si­bil­i­ties.

It’s re­ally hard to jus­tify this back­lash to an in­cred­i­ble provin­cial gift that will last for eter­nity. The only peo­ple up in arms ap­pear to be the off-high­way ve­hi­cle users who don’t be­long in pris­tine wilder­ness any­way, and area politi­cians who seem to think fos­sil fuel ex­trac­tion is a pri­or­ity over clean drink­ing wa­ter.

Ian Wishart, Cal­gary

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