AMPPE's Membership Newsletter: Your source of information on visitor experience, access & recreation in Canada's rocky mountain national parks.
           Volume 8, Issue 1, Winter 2019
Happy Frosty February AMPPE Members!
Here’s hoping you’re all finding the balance between enjoying the incredible bluebird days outside and keeping warm! Sharing some news from the AMPPE front, we have some changes in the works! After a truly great four and a half years as Executive Director, this will be my last week with AMPPE. Being a part of this vibrant mountain community has taught me a lot about the history and importance of this iconic destination and the wonderful people like you who support the experiences that visitors from around the world come here to enjoy. It’s been a privilege working with all of you and I’m grateful for your support and camaraderie, it’s truly been a pleasure. The Board of Directors and I have been working hard to ensure that after my departure, AMPPE is set up for success in 2019 and beyond; please be assured that it’s all systems go in maintaining advocacy efforts and ongoing support to our membership!
 
All the best,
Casey Peirce
Executive Director

Advocacy in Action: Parks Canada Planning Forum 2019
The 2019 Parks Canada Planning Forum was held on February 19 th  and 20 th  at the Banff Park Lodge. AMPPE was invited to once again take part in the stakeholder round table and I attended on behalf of our membership. The theme of the meeting this year was centred around the creation of the 2020 Parks Management Plan for Banff. This is the ten-year document that guides all operations and direction within the National Park for the coming decade. 
This year’s meeting was divided into three sessions.

First was a presentation by the Parks Canada department heads on the 2018 State of the Parks Report. Good news on this front as Banff National Park has been assessed to be in very good shape in the majority of categories including ecological integrity, visitor experience, built assets, cultural assets and external relations.

For the second session we were asked to discuss ‘the scope of the 2020 plan’ including future trends and what’s at stake in importance of getting the plan right. Ideas included trends of climate change, the importance of low carbon transportation, matching visitation with asset investment, destination reputation and managing quality of visitor experience.

Thirdly, the attendees were tasked in breakout groups to determine high level principles that should be utilized to guide the creation of the 2020 Management Plan. Concepts presented include: Sustainability at the environmental, economic and social levels, transparency in process, collaboration of stakeholders, indigenous relations, inclusivity across demographics, leading according to the National Parks dedication clause, data driven policy, community awareness and thinking big!

The final request that was made by the stakeholders at the round table was for the opportunity to reconvene to discuss progress of the plan creation. AMPPE supports this concept and believes that it is critical to be involved in not only the planning discussions but the editing process once pen is put to paper. The timeline for the Management Plan is vague at this point, but due in Parliament before 2020, which means we need to remain engaged and diligent so that the outcome is representative of the needs of all stakeholders in the park – from ecological integrity to sustainable tourism to positive visitor experience. AMPPE is committed to ensuring the voices of our members are heard throughout the formulation of the 2020 Parks Management Plan. You can learn more and have your say here.
Mountain Park News
Sunshine is working to do what’s right for Canadians with respect to the future the Village after Parks Canada declared new Site Guidelines that will dictate management decisions and improvements. They need for your help! Sign this petition by 2 pm, February 27th.
The 2020 Management Plans for Banff National Park are being updated by Parks Canada. It is crucial that the balance between ecological integrity and visitor experience is maintained. Click here to have your say! Comments are open until April 30, 2019.

A $3.4 million funding announcement for Sable Island National Park Reserve noted the money for a paved multi-use trail between Jasper and Banff, originally about $66 million set aside in the 2016 federal budget, is being reallocated to agency priorities across the country.
For more than 10 years the communities of Canmore, Banff, and Jasper have been lobbying the provincial government to be given special status to support their tourism-based economies, however, their efforts have so far fallen on deaf ears.
The success of Banff National Park’s wildlife crossings over the Trans-Canada Highway has inspired other countries to follow suit. The impacts have gone beyond North America,” Tony Clevenger, wildlife research scientist explained.
“No one will protect what they don’t care about;
and no one will care about what they have never experienced.”
 ~ Sir David Attenborough