We provide a voice for quiet recreationists in Alberta at land-use and recreation management planning initiatives in Alberta. ORCA’s voice is intended to speak for the needs of thousands of Albertans who love to hike, bike, cross-country ski, snowshoe, paddle, ride horses, hunt, fish – all using muscle power to engage and enjoy their chosen recreation pursuit.

Land Use Framework and Regional Plans in Alberta – an important opportunity for ORCA

Under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) the Government of Alberta has embarked on sub-regional land-use and recreation management planning through the mandate of the Land-Use Framework. https://www.landuse.alberta.ca/Pages/default.aspx

The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) was completed in 2014, the second regional plan to be completed in Alberta under the Land-Use Framework. Under the SSRP, sub-regional planning initiatives have provided ORCA the opportunity to represent important quiet outdoor recreation interests at the planning table. ORCA was clearly heard during the SSRP’s Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Land Footprint Management Plan and Recreation Management Plan process as a member of the multi-stakeholder input group – the Southern Alberta Recreation Management Group (SARAG). The result of this planning has been a significant improvement in the management of areas for quiet outdoor recreation activities, as well as for motorized recreation. WE NEED TO BE HEARD and our interests incorporated into land-use and recreation management planning. This is a primary focus for ORCA, now and into the future with Government of Alberta as well as other associated recreation planning initiatives.

The North Saskatchewan Regional Plan is next, and includes the expected announcement to create the Bighorn Provincial Wildland Park.

ORCA’s voice is needed for the management planning of the Bighorn Park – an area that provides a wide spectrum of quiet outdoor recreation opportunities for Albertans – the Bighorn is Edmonton’s Kananaskis! Support us in supporting YOU to ensure that this becomes a quiet recreation destination!

Highlights from ORCA’s work:

ORCA was a voice in the Southern Alberta Recreation Advisory Group (SARAG) providing input to the Gov’t of Alberta for recreation management of the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills region of southern Alberta. The outcomes of this planning process provided areas for quiet recreation as well as a designed network of trails for motorized recreation.

ORCA hosted a Meet and Greet in July 2017, attended by the Premier of Alberta, the Minister of Enviroment and Parks, the Minister of Culture and Tourism and the Mayor of Calgary. ORCA is being heard !