Target: Shannon Phillips, Alberta Minister for Parks and Environment
Goal: Praise new provincial park status for one of Alberta’s most bio-diverse areas.
A new nature reserve spanning over 100 hectares has just been designated by the government of Alberta, Canada. The decision will effectively ban mining, logging, gas, and oil companies from opening new operations in the “Castle” area, a diverse expanse in the south of the province that is home to grasslands, forests, mountains, and wetlands. Instead, the government will turn the land into a provincial park and use it for tourism and recreation.
The Castle area is home to a vast array of animal and plant species, including endangered species of trout and pine trees. The rivers, lakes, and wetlands in the area provide water to nearly one-third of the province’s population, and are relied on by the area’s agricultural industry. The area is a key connector between the northern Waterton-Glacier National Peace Park and other protected areas in Canada and the United States, making it essential to protect grizzly bears and other large wandering mammals.
For decades, the Castle area has been threatened by the forestry, mining, and oil industries. Current studies estimate that 15 percent of the area’s forests have been clearcut, including 50 percent of all old-growth or undisturbed forests which are generally home to the largest array of wildlife. Less than 10 percent of the Castle forests remain in an old-growth state, which could result in destabilization in the rest of the forest from species loss or environmental change.
This new provincial park will not only benefit the environment and the plant and animal species that inhabit it, but will benefit the entire population of Alberta by protecting water sources. Sign the petition below to praise Alberta’s efforts to preserve and protect its natural landscape.
Dear Minister Shannon Phillips,
The Castle region of Southern Alberta has recently been designated as a provincial park. This means that no new logging, mining, oil, or gas operations will be able to set up operations in the area in the interest of preserving the natural landscape. The area is integral to the health of hundreds of different species of plants and animals, including the grizzly bear and a rare type of trout.
This area, which has previously been defiled by logging and industrialization, will now be able to recover and provide improved conditions for not only wildlife, but human residents who rely on water from the Castle’s many lakes and rivers. We, the undersigned, applaud the decision to protect the Castle region.
[Your Name Here]
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