May 22nd, 2018

Don’t let Albertans lose Castle area recreation

By Letter to the Editor on January 12, 2018.

Response to Castle forestry closures: Wake up, Albertans; don’t let 57 narrow-minded scientists and the puppet forest administration take away our forest, camping and other recreation to satisfy their ideology of Y to Y (Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative) subsidized by U.S. dollars and the Sierra Society.

What type of scientists are they and are they qualified to have input on this subject? Why study Colorado and compare this to the Castle area, a totally different area, management and local requirements. Consultation should include local recreationists whose concerns are tied to the area.

Joe and Jean Lumley


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6 Responses to “Don’t let Albertans lose Castle area recreation”

  1. Jagtech says:

    Break out the popcorn. This is going to get interesting…

  2. IMO says:

    Why study Colorado and make a comparison to the Castle area? Because they are both mountain ecosystems. Ecosystems do not respect political boundaries. Political boundaries are human impositions. Nevertheless, we live with the human constraint of political boundaries and for the welfare of our forests, cooperation appears to be a more positive approach to management.

    Trends Ecol Evol. 2015 Mar;30(3):132-9. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2014.12.004. Epub 2015 Jan 28.
    Why socio-political borders and boundaries matter in conservation.
    Dallimer M1, Strange N2.
    Author information
    Acting to demarcate the spatial limits of decision-making processes, socio-political boundaries are an inevitable part of a human-dominated world. Rarely coincident with ecological boundaries, and thus having no ecological functional role by themselves, they nevertheless impose substantial costs on biodiversity and ecosystem conservation by fragmenting ownership, governance, and management. Where boundaries are in place, a lack of coordination on either side of a boundary affects the efficiency and efficacy of ecosystem management. We suggest four research pathways which will enhance our ability to address the adverse effects of socio-political borders on conservation: (i) scale-matching, (ii) quantification of the mutual economic benefits of conservation across boundaries, (iii) determining transboundary societal values, and (iv) acknowledging the importance of stakeholder behaviour and incentives.

  3. biff says:

    amazing. all about the big, selfish ME that demands fun no matter the cost or fallout.

    sob, please do not let dumb and unedurcated scientist idiots who know nothing but think they know stuff sob take sob take away sob my right to trample wherever i sob wanna trample. i demand that i am allowed to make it ever tougher on stupid-as-scientist animals and fishes with my right to encroachment. if you take this away from us, where are we gonna go trample? there is almost nowheres else left for trampling. please leave us castle. after all, it is survival of the fittest….booo-waahhh.

    i have suggested this one before – maybe, give it a try. hop on your machines and crank the revs. ride all around your property, as long and as loudly as you can. this will not bother your neighbours for the same reasons it does not bother the dumb animals. be sure to ride over the flowers and through the hedges – do not let anything appear to diminish the power of you…er, your machine. (bigger machine certainly reflects a bigger you…just saying) knock over the bird bath if you have one, burn through the fish pond often if you have one. once you have driven all over your property have a look around – does it look better or worse for the wear? stupid question, i know. the real questiojn is, who cares?! no one, right? so, once you have changed the look of your yard, give a make over to your neighbour’s property. they will either love what you have done to their home, or they will be just too dumb to appreciate the gentle way you tread so carefully over their space. you know what? if they can’t appreciate it, it doesn’t matter – you had fun, right? oh, so necessary fun.

  4. already extinct says:

    I’m with you all on this one. I suggest Mr. And Mrs. Lumley dig out the snowshoes and take a walk, and enjoy nature in it’s purest form instead of working so dam hard to change it in their noisy stinking image.

  5. John P Nightingale says:

    The writers live in a beautiful and (relatively) pristine area of the province. Yet they seem to not understand the wisdom behind the Y2Y initiative.
    Sad indeed.

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