Consultations on the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan
("SSRP") came to a close in February 2014 after starting
in November of 2009. This region is comprised of the South
Saskatchewan River Basin, the Milk River Basin and the Alberta
portion of the Cypress Hills. The result of the consultations is
the Government of Alberta's release of the final version of the
SSRP, which is a policy planning tool in an effort to align
economic, environmental, and social goals. These goals include
protection of the environment and conservation, while ensuring
recreation and community development and economic growth. The SSRP
comes into effect on September 1, 2014.
Public and stakeholder consultation meetings took place over the
course of developing the SSRP. During the consultations, over 111
groups representing agriculture, electrical and utilities,
environmental non-governmental organizations, mining and oil and
gas operators, and the tourism and recreation industry shared their
thoughts and opinions.
Primary Areas of Note
Eight new/expanded conservation areas, as well as two new and
six expanded provincial parks and recreation areas. There will also
be new recreation areas for camping and trails.
Baselines for Air and Water Quality frameworks.
A concerted effort to consult First Nations peoples on uses of
land that may impact their treaty rights and treaty uses.
Sustainable farming and ranching, energy, and forest
management, as well as extension of grazing leases from 10-20
Development of sustainable and responsible methods for seeking
and extracting energy resources.
Maintenance and diversification of the forestry industry.
Responsible development of aggregates on public land.
Focus on developing and protecting the biodiversity and
ecosystems of Regional, Crown land and Private land. This
development and protection notably includes the maintenance of
Native grasslands on public land.
The management and development of healthy watershed
The creation and maintenance of safe, responsible
transportation systems that can facilitate the future growth of the
Awareness and familiarity with the SSRP may be beneficial to the
planning and development of future business operations in the South
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