The message that is being proposed for Bighorn Country is to protect the land and the waters. Of course the public would buy into that and say yes.
There are three problems with this.
The first problem is there is nothing to protect. This is a beautiful, thriving area and it is protected and respected by the users of all areas.
The quadders, horseback riders, campers, hikers and people who just go for a drive to breathe the fresh air, respect the land.
The second problem is the governement’s plan is not protecting the land. It is encouraging more tourism, development of more campsites, cabins, tourist spots, tourist accomodations, and whatever other infrastructure they decide.
How is this protecting the environment with all of this development? How is this protecting the endangered animals by taking away their habitat?
How can they ask the public if they want it protected when their plan is to destroy it?
Thirdly, they supposedly consulted Albertans in the Castle Mountain plan, and they lied to get public buy in, then changed their promises for the land.
By agreeing to “protect the land,” you are actually agreeing to the government destroying one area of beauty and solitude.
Paula Lamoureux, Pigeon Lake