Parkland County donates land for conservation - posted: 2013-09-05
Parkland County took another step in protecting environmentally-sensitive land by donating a quarter section of land near Seba Beach to The Alberta Fish and Game Association (AFGA) and Alberta Conservation Association (ACA).
“Environmental stewardship is a priority for this Council,” said Mayor Rod Shaigec. “We knew this particular parcel was of interest because of its location and natural state, but it was difficult for us to implement and enforce appropriate restrictions to protect the habitat. Donating the lands to AFGA and ACA made perfect sense as they are in a better position to protect and manage the lands.”
With the land now belonging to the AFGA and ACA, there are now limitations on permitted uses, including restricting the area to foot traffic only. The primary goal is habitat and conservation, but recreational activities that are a by-product of healthy landscapes is encouraged.
“Off highway vehicle use has been a concern for neighbouring land owners,” said Brad Fenson, Habitat Development Coordinator for AFGA. “The area has been a popular site for OHV riders, who use the land to access the nearby Jack Pine Grazing Reserve and other Crown lands. By taking title to the property, AFGA and ACA can restrict access to foot traffic only, helping to protect the habitat as well as reduce OHV nuisance for the area land owners. It really is a win-win situation.”
Parkland County will be working with the Summer Village of Seba Beach on informing local residents and visitors on the new designation of the land and how it can and cannot be used. This will include an increased presence of Parkland County Enforcement Services to raise awareness, as well as signs, newspaper notices, and other communiques. However, the AFGA wants area residents and visitors to know that the land is still available for them to enjoy.
“The property is ideal for many uses, including hiking, berry picking, wildlife viewing, and environmental interpretation,” said Fenson. “Hunting will still be permitted during legal seasons. It’s a beautiful property that can and should be enjoyed in a way that preserves and protects the wildlife and the vegetation.”
The Parkland Conservation Site is located west of Wabamun Lake at SW13-53-6-W5th approximately 1.6 km south of Highway 16 on Range Rd 61.
For a complete listing of AFGA, Wildlife Trust Fund Properties visit www.afga.org.
For more information about this release, please contact:
Manager, Communications & Strategic Planning
Habitat Development Coordinator
Alberta Fish and Game Association