Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies
This webpage is dedicated to the citizens from long ago who convinced a National Government to protect this and our other great national and provincial parks and to all those conservationists who work with great honesty and dilligence to encourage governments to provide protection of our scenic landscapes and to protect the species that depend on these landscapes for their survival.
Our national and provinical parks are inadequate to meet the needs of future generations. The parks in southern Canada where most of us live are heavily utilized and, like Yosemite Valley in the US National Parks System, they will become overutilized in the near future. One park superintendent recently reported that he daily receives several development proposals from business interests that recognize that anyone who can get a foot in the door of our parks will have a secure long term investment. Developers in Banff contine to lobby to make Banff even more overblown than it is. While visitors tend to look at the large valleys and areas of backcountry and say "The townsite and golf course doesn't really take up that much space," the wildlife are absolutely dependent on the valleys [called the montagne region] where human habitation and infrastructure are contrated. Indeed, while there is plenty of untouched alpine and sub-alpine, the wildlife can't exist on the rocky slopes in winter. And, rich as it is, Banff still discharges raw pollution into the Bow River because the human wastes can not be 'afforded' by the residents and business interests.
Notably the following organizations which are fighting to secure new parks and to expand the protection in the present ones are worthy your support:
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