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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Waterton boss; 'Parks all share same problem' By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer One of a series WATERTON "It's the same question in aH the parks how to accommodate all the people that want to come and not destroy the things they're coming to see. "We're moving more slowly and evaluating more carefully than in the past." Tom Smith, the young, friendly superinten- dent of Waterton Lakes National Park, is talking about the psrk he's been in charge of since mid- May, a park that's 203 square miles in area'and gets half-a-million visitors a year. The problem of over-use is really only coming to the fore now in Canadian Parks, says Mr. Smith whose 10 years in the parks service has included stints as superintendent of Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Alberta, and Elk Island National Park near Edmonton and is assistant superinten- dent of Jasper National Park. "We've got to come up with sensitive ways of handling the problem, but no-one has a quick answer." A balance has to ba found between people, scenery and animals, Mr. Smith says, and me parks administration is trying to institute control and regulation in as slow and progressive a means as it can. Master plan That's why controls have been put on off-road vehicle traffic, overflow camping, dogs and the like. It's all part of tbe way the parks have been moving since the mid-60's, he says. Other measures are awaiting a master plan for the park a process that involves formulating a provisional master plan, holding a public hearing, and then comng up with a position paper to guide, park development. Mr. Smith says for example, no more camp- grounds will be built until "we see what the mafier plan indicates for various regions of the park." "If it indicates we're already at optimum levels then we won't build any more." The timing of tfaa master plan depends on the priorities of the micisler in charge of national parks, according to the superintendent He added be couldn't really say when it would be available or when a public hearing on Waterton would be held. The townspeople, for their part, ara somewhat leary of the master plan approach. They say they've heard about master plans for the park before and nothing has happened and decrees have continued to come from on nigE. Mr. Smith says he's open to suggestions from local residents and feels they should have a direct voice on matters in the townsite. But problems of park management and such involve more than just them. "Their input is only part of the overall input, but their views are given serious he says. Chamber of Commerce president Gordon Casey says he doesn't feel Mr. Smith is hard to get along wifh, but there is a problem of continuity with a change in superintendents at Waterton every couple of years for the last seven years. More quality However it's the system and the narrow guide- lines that come from Calgary and Ottawa that really hamper progress, Mr. Casey believes. Mr. Smith says, en the other hand, that be has a great dea1 of autonomy on park matters, but if something gets into a matter of fundamental pol- icy it goes to Calgary or Ottawa. The superintendent says although changes have been imposed on the parks to accept the masses of people, it's been possible to do that here without a lot of change. "What we're striving for is more quality rath- er than more quantity and the optimum oppor- tunity to 1st people get away from crowds as much as the physical limits will be says. Mr. Smith adds, however, that Waterton is reaching a "definite seating Aad although it Lasn't jet got to tbe situation in tbe United States where some parks are on a computerized registration system or ban private cars in parks, that may be on tbe horizon. Mr Smith scoffs at suggestions that-tbe park is slowly being strangled to death and that parks policy is to eliminate peopb from tbe park. "That would mean we're not letting people in and we just can't do that." be said. "But when tre'rs full, we're full. Our policy right now is to provide good alternative camping facilities outside the park as an opportunity to cut down our overflow area which was inadequate." Counters blamed To back their claims, businessmen say tbe park statistics showed a 19 per cent drop in traffic from 1971. Mr. Smith agrees there probably was some drop-off but pipeline from the interior now and in Ute future. Nixon flaunts Senate orders WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Nixon refused today to give the Senate Watergate com- mittee five tape recordings it had subpoenaed of conversa- tions relating to the Watergate case but suggested "it is quite possible" he might be able to give it other presidential docu- ments. In a letter to Senator Sam Er- vm (Dem. the committee chairman, Nixon said in re- sponse to a subpoena demand- ing five specific conversations with former counsel John Dean that, "I "must respectfully re- fuse to produce the recordings" for reasons cited in previous presidential statements. President Nixon promise! be "vrould a definitive Emergency plans work for CP Air TORONTO (CP) Emer- gency services put into effect at CP Air late Wednesday follow- ing a walk-out by 100 machin- ists are working well although are a few an airline spokesman said "I don't know how long we'll be able to keep it he said, "but so far things are going as well as can be expected." About 20 supervisors have taken over maintenance and baggage dskies to maintain "es- sential and long-haul the spokesman said. But services to and from Cal- gary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Ottawa will be canceled and flights between Montreal, To- ronto and Vancouver curtailed. Overseas flights have also been dropped. The walk out by the machin- ists, who are backfijjr contract demands along with ipoo other CP Air members of 4be Inter- national Association of Machin- ists and aerospace workers throughout Canada, threatens to lay-off another 300 reservation: and administration personnel in Toronto today. "With business severely cut, there's just no work for us to do" one reservation clerk said. The spokesman said the chinists have yet to make-any approach to the airline as to their demands following the walk-out. If is not known how many passengers were affected Wednesday following the dis- ruption, but tbe clerk said CP Air in Toronto bandies about 000 passengers a day. (See earlier story Page 15) West endorses Ottawa's plans CALGARY (CP) Federal and provincial spokesmen spent 90 minutes this morn- ing endorsing each other's views on reginal develop- ment programs in the west. Regional Development Minis- ter Don Jamieson- received the friendliest reception of all fed- eral ministers who bave spok- en so far at die conference on Western Economic Opportun- ities. The premiers praised bis ef- forts to decentralize his depart- -ment and to increase ccnsulta- tation with provincial govern- ments. Mr. Jamieson said the de- partment of regional economic expansion is undergoing "the most dramatic decentralization of any federal department that I kmw of in tie history of our By tbe end of tbe year, 7G per cent of its employees would be outside Ottawa, a turn- around from tbe present 70 per cent in Ottawa now. Mr. Jamieson was also com- mended for bis view that de- velopment of toe western north- lands must be for tbe benefit of tbe natives there, not just for southerners as it bad been in the past. Premier Dave Barrett of British Columbia took advant- age of the discussion to once again state his proposal to bring Alaskan south by rail- way. In endorsanji tbe federal in- tention to norlMand na- tives, Manitoba Premier Ed Schreyer said too often it ap- pears tbe provincial and fed- eral governments seemed to be trying to outwait one anfffipr and let someone else initiate spending on behalf of native peoples. decision" of the Supreme Court in the case. "It is quite added, "that there are other records in my custody that would be within the ambit of that subpoena and that I could, consistent with the public, inter- est and my constitutional sponsibilities, provide for tbe select committee." The Senate committee voted unanimously to challenge in court President Nixon's refusal. Nbppn did not specify which the thousands of latedvpresidential papers might be available to the committee, but "All specific requests froajr the select committee will be carefully considered." said be1 and his staff i co-operate with the select littee by making available atiqn and documents appropriately be pro- duced." Meanwhile, U.S. District Court Judge John Sirica an- nounced a hearing on the controversy over the Watergate tapes would be held today. "The chair recognizes that there is no precedent for litiga- tion of this said com- mittee Chaisman Sam Ervin. "I think this litigation is es- sential if we are to determine whether the president is above the law, and whether the presi- dent is immune from the duties and responsibilities of this kind that, evolve upon all the other mortals that dwell in this land." Senator Howard Baker (Rep. Term.) vice-chairman of the committee, made the motion, after holding out tbe hope that there could yet be a com- promise to avoid a con- stitutional showdown in court. Ervin had read to the morn- ing session of the Watergate committee Nixon's letter which refused to comply with two committee subpoenas demand- ing that he turn over the tapes and documents. But YNixon said be might turn over some docu- ments if the committee could be specific about what it wants. Senator Ervin rejected tbe Nixon response as impos- sible to liva with. DON JAMIESON Seen and heard About town JOGGER EDen Anderson calling on buddies to ac- company her around Hender- son Lake during evening ses-. sions Gordon Ross en- joying a traditional noon drink with foreign visitors Sara, pet cat of Henry Bowman, welcoming a dish of milk from a next door neighbor. Inside 18-21 5 Classified Comics Comment District 3, 22 Family 8 Local News 33, H Markets 9 Spots 30- 31 Entertainment 6, 7 TV 6 Weather 2 Youlh 18 LOW TONIGHT NEAR S5, HIGH FRIDAY 804S: MOSTLY SUNNY, WARSt ;