Access Management in our Headwaters & Beyond


Recreation access management is a contentious and complex land-use challenge in many places, including Alberta. Access Management in our Headwaters and Beyond is a collaborative project between Miistakis Institute, Oldman Watershed Council, Cows and Fish, Water Matters and the Environmental Law Centre. This is a multi-faceted, multi-year collective impact project that focuses on addressing unmanaged recreation in our headwaters to realize improved watershed health. The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan provides an opportunity for our partnership project to work with the Government of Alberta on recreation management through the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan which mandates a biodiversity management framework, linear footprint management plan and recreation management plans in the Region.

The partnership organizations will be working at a variety of scales using a number of approaches. Miistakis, Water Matters and the Environmental Law Centre will be hosting several access management workshops for Government of Alberta staff, industry partners, recreation users and non-governmental organizations. The workshops will focus on case studies, current challenges and potential solutions for access management. Ultimately, we hope to use the outcomes of the workshops and the partnership project to inform a provincial framework for access management planning so that there is a consistent approach to access management planning across Alberta and problems don’t simply get displaced as management planning proceeds.

We wish to thank the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation for their generous support of this project.


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