The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has released an annual report which calls on Parks Canada to focus on conservation and reduce development in Banff and Jasper National Parks.
The report, entitled "A Call for Renewed Commitment to Nature Conservation," calls for Parks Canada to limit development, citing an expansion of the Lake Louise Ski Resort in Banff, a $66 million paved bike path and commercial accommodations proposed for Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park.
The report also called for re-investment in science-based management and called for open and transparent decision making.
"We have put forward 17 recommendations to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change that we believe will help get Parks Canada back on track to conserving nature as the first priority in our national parks," CPAWS parks program national director Alison Woodley said.
"We hope the new government will act immediately to stop developments in Banff and Jasper, and restore Parks Canada's culture as a science-based nature conservation organization working in the long term public interest. The future of wildlife and wilderness in our national parks depends on re-focusing on nature first and foremost in their management," she added.
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