Now that final submissions have been accepted for the SSRP, Phase One of the North Saskatchewan Regional Plan (NSRP) is now underway. This area includes Banff National Park, therefore will be of interest to the back-country community. Public consultations have taken place across the province. Additional information can be found atwww.landuse.alberta.ca
In comparison to the SSRP Draft, the Profile document of the NSRP does include a one-line mention of rock climbing and ice climbing as recreational opportunities (p. 51). I spoke with the Land Use Secretariat at the NSRP Open House in Calgary, and he acknowledged that they are becoming more aware of the generally silent population of soft-tread back country community. It should also be noted that the one-line mention of rock & ice climbing is preceded by a paragraph describing the significant economic contribution of the ATV and snowmobile recreationalists.