Alberta’s new Minister of Forestry, Parks and Tourism says his focus will be on ensuring that the province’s parks are more accessible to people.
Todd Loewen just received his mandate letter from Premier Danielle Smith.
The letter contains a great emphasis on the development of tourism in the provincial park system.
In it, Smith instructs Loewen to develop campgrounds, recreational and tourism opportunities on provincial lands.
Loewen is expected to expedite the approval of permits and licenses, establish a tourism and hospitality immigration stream, and improve tourist infrastructure in high-traffic areas.
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She also tells the minister to develop ways to manage provincial forests and grasslands to store carbon.
The two-page letter contains one mention of the need to be environmentally responsible.