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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta VERN DECOUX pholos A beautiful scenic area Here is another view. It shows a scenic area in ihe beautiful territory proposed for a park area. Southern Albertans and tourists would discover this part of the pro- vince is a paradise for nature lovers. Wtdnttday, 6, 1973 THE UTHBRIDOI HlRAlO 41 By PAUL CHALA Herald News Service NATAL Proposed Eli Lakes Park, covering 14.32 acres of land surrounding Up per and Lower Elk Lakes nea the B.C. Alberta boundary, one result of a recent survey o recreational use of the valley "People didn't realize much the valley had been usei before this said fis'. and wildlife branch conserva tion officer Jack Williams o Fernie. "I doubt if any new venture; will be allowed in the said Mr. Williams. A trapper and a guide-outfit ter who already work in tb proposed park area will havi "park use permits" which are renewed annually. A person "can still hunt in there" just as they can in Oth er provincial parks excep Mannin Park, the game warden continued. Other than the proposed park publication of a brochure de scribing the area and ils wild life has been the only result of the study. Results of recreational ques tionnaires answered by some o: visitors to the valley have been compiled by the B.C. Fish and Wildlife Branch, which is investigating effects of trial activities on fishing, wild- life and summer recreation in Elk Valley. Carefully-regulated land use, with consideration of both pres- ent rfd future recreation in the area, was recommended by the report. SET UP SURVEY Chris Bull, biologist with the habitat protection division of the B.C. fish and wildlife branch, whose responsibility is province wide, set up the sur- vey initially conceived by H. Andrusak. "Elk River arises at two ex- tremely attractive glacier fed lakes, Upper and Lowpr Elk wrote Mr. Bull in the report on the survey. "The valley floor, about one mile wide at this point, is bor- dered by mountains nearly 000 feet high. There are no rec- reational developments in the valley but there are sites which are naturally suited for camp- ing. "The study, he said, "was limited to the areas between the headwaters of the Elk River and its confluence with Fording River." Information was sought on why people came to the valley and how they felt the valley might bs affected by industrial development. "This type of information is necessary for proper land use explained signs over boxes containing blank ques- tionnaires at the north and south entrances to the area. When I he questionnaires were ov Ul uicm Vktrit; iium the north end and 131 better regulation anc from tne south. They "the valley was used Bull noted: "results o by Alberlans and British present study illustrate th ;