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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 40 THE LETHSRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, June 6, Park committee chairman looks ivest This ivould be the park Jim Kerr, chairmen cf ths provincial park commiilee, poirts to the western border cf the suggested park area. The perk would lie directly south and east of the range of mountains shown here. The mountains would form the western 'boundary. If you were to stand atop a mountain ridge and look in a northwesterly direction, this is the general view of the suggested provincial park. Crbwsnest Mountain can be seen in the right corner of the photo. This photo- graph was made by Vern Decoux of The Herald's Crows- nest Pass Bureau after a stiff climb. a-33 R 33216 b-33 R 33220 c-33 R 33215 What value! Crew, cadet crew or v-neck slylings in solids and stripes. All in 100% cotton that machine wash and dry. White, sky blue, iris, gold, apricot, navy, burgundy, pine, cognac, mint shades in the group. S.M.L.XU STORE HOURS: Open daily from ci.rn. to p.m. Thurs. and Fri. a.m. to p.m. Centre Village Mall. Telephone 328-9231 Mountain paradise By VERN DECOUX Crov.'snest Pass Bureau I BLAIRMORE The move for a provincial park and limit- i ed access area in the Crows- I nest Pass region is gaining momentum. Councils of the towns of Blairmore and Coleman and the villages of Bellevue and Frank have endorsed this pro- posal. A brief prepared by the pro- vincial parks committee of the Crowsnest Pass Citizens' Tour- ist Committee has been stud- ied by all councils. Chairman of the committee, Jim Kerr of Coleman has sent a brief to the department of lands and forests and environ- ment conservation authority land use hearings regarding the i east slope of the Rocky Moun- tains. MEMBERS The committee includes chairman James R. Kerr, Veno Pozzi and Morden McNeil of Hillcrest, Ferucio Dececco of Coleman, Rudy Andrist of Bellevue and Fred Bradley and Cam Smith cf Blairmore. TOURISM For many years several per- sons in the Crowsnest Pass have put great effort into at- tempting to build and promote a meaningful tourist industry for this area. These persons have always b n of 5 :e strong opinion that the key to success lies in mak- ing this area a destination for tourists and not just a service stop. To become a destination, a provincial park large enough to make people want to come to the area year round is need- ed. OVERCROWDED It is noted that camping fa- cilities in the Walerton Lakes National Park are now over- crowded because the parks de- partment is limiitng camp- grounds due to ecological dam- age. Thus the Crowsnest Pass is the logical and ideal area to establish and develop facilities for the present and future rec- reational needs of southern Al- bertans. The type of provincial park the committee suggests would leave the developmeent of campgrounds, trailer parks and other tourist out- side the park proper, to pri- vate enterprise. The Park would be for recreational pur- pose only. The park proper would have trails for hiking, riding, ski- ing, snowmobiling, snowshoe- ing, tobogganing, ski hills, beaches and possibly a golf course. The only businesses conduct- ed in the park would be the ski lodge or golf clubhouse. Provided by the present com- munities: skating, curling rinks, dancehalls, swimming pools, bowling alleys, pool rooms, motels, hotels, restaur- ants, cabarets, service stations and business section. Intensive study by the committee has resulted in the suggestion that a park of suf- ficient size containing most of the provisions mentioned could be located roughly in the part of the Crowsnest Forest Re- serve lying south of Highway 3. The approximate boundaries would be starting from the west, at the Alberta British Columbia border, follow the forest reserve boundary east- ward to a point southwest of the village of Frank; then south on the east side of Sec- tions 24, 13, 12, i, Township 7, Range 4, west of the 5th, to the watershed between the Crowsnest and Carbcndale Riv- ers, then westward on that watershed to the B.C. border and from there northwest to the point of commencement. Also two half-sections of Crownland (north half of sec- tion 3, township 8, range 5, west of the which is river- bottom land located immedi- ately west of Saratoga Pro- cessing Plant, should be includ- ed. Other adjacent undeveloped parcels straddling the Crows- nest River would be desirable additions and the purchase of the same should be given con- sideration. The committee has also sug- gested that, of the area indi- cated, the area closest to the communities be established as a park and the balance of this territory be reserved as a "lim- ited access area." By "limited access area" the committee means all motorized vehicles would not be allowed within that area but that fish- ing and hunting could still be allowed on foot or by horse- back travel only. It is suggested if this policy is adopted the quality of hunt- ing would be maintained. It is Sewer spray interest spreading TABER (FINS) Taber's spray irrigation system for dis- posal of effluent mu- nicipal sewage lagoons has drawn interest from Saskatch- ewan. Arrangements have been ap- proved by the town council for a visiting inspection delegation. Moose Jaw city commission- er Mr. Bolting, city engineer Mr. Schwinghamer, and Mr. McDonald of the Saskatchewan department of the environment will arrive here about a.m. Wednesday, June 13, for inspec- tion of facilities. The meeting was arranged by Peter D. Lawson, project manager for Reid, Crowther and Partners, consulting engi- neers for both Moose Jaw and Tancr. now rapidly being lost to mo- torized travel. brief also suggests that snowmobile trails could be es- sornewhere within the area tablished with great care be- ing taken to avoid areas where game must winter with- out molestation. It is suggested that township 7, range 4, west of the 5th, be considered for this purpose. The brief makes mention of one particular section of the proposed park area which is in the Alberta side of township 7, range 5, west of the 5th which is a very unique area in Al- berta, in fact unique anywhere in the Rockies. Nowhere in Alberta can there be found the variety of game in their natural state within so small an area (less than one township) which starts at the valley floor at an altitude of feet and reach- es by easy steps an altitude of feet on top of Mount which is the highest peak in the Crowsnest area. Other peaks in tliis block soar to an elevation of over feet. ANIMALS This particular area features, rocky mountain big horn sheep, goat, elk, deer, moose, black, and grizzly bear and numberous type of other wild- life and birds. Caribou is the only species not found here. BIG CAVES This particular area along the Alberta British Columbia border also contains many in- teresting natural caves. One cave in particular "Gargantua possibly the most spectacular cave yet to be found in Canada, has only had 2% miles of its passages so far explored. Stow of the passages are so immense that it is only with difficulty that the roof and walls can be seen with the light beam from a caving lamp. These caves are believed to be the largest in Canada, and possibly North America, and it is for this reason, the com- feel they should be pre- served in a park for future generations. The brief suggests that the entire east slope of the Cana- dian Rockies gradually be turn- ed into a recreation area with proper balance between pro- vincial parks, hunting and fish- ing zones and "limited access areas.-' The committee has stressed the fact that there is no rea- son why underground coal mines cannot continue as well as other industry as it is not the intention to try to curb in- dustry but to try to develop park area. The area suggested by the Crowsnest Pass provincial park citizens tourist committee would embrace an area of ap- proximately 75 square miles and are suggested boundaries only as the final boundaries would ba by the provin- cial government ;