March 14, 2019 3:16 pm
Updated: March 19, 2019 2:59 pm

Alberta UCP leader Jason Kenney pitches $30 permit fees for trail users if elected

In this July 6, 2017 photo, a bridge crosses a stream along the Iceline Trail in Yoho National Park in Canada's stretch of the Rocky Mountains, straddling the border of British Columbia and Alberta.

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Alberta’s Opposition United Conservative leader says if elected premier he would increase funding for conservation projects and have trail users pay annual permit fees.

Jason Kenney released a 13-point conservation plan while in Canmore, Alta. on Thursday.

He says a United Conservative government would increase funding for the Alberta Land Trust Grant Program for conservation projects by 50 per cent.

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And he says a $30 yearly trail permit fee for people using off-highway vehicles and campers in the backcountry would go to restoring current trails and creating new ones.

The fee would also help fund more enforcement officers.

Kenney says an additional $1 million would go to an existing program that works with ranchers to keep livestock from damaging creeks and streams.

“Conservation for us is a central value,” Kenney said Thursday.

“Our Common Sense Conservation Plan will take a balanced approach to environmental stewardship, recognizing that recreation, economic use and conservation can and should support each other.”

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NDP Premier Rachel Notley is expected to call an election soon. The vote, by law, must be held by the end of May.

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