BANFF – Parks Canada has cancelled the annual Banff National Park planning forum in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scheduled for April 14-15, the federal agency decided to cancel the event, particularly given that provincial rules in Alberta limit gatherings of more than 15 people.
“Out of respect for everyone’s safety, we cannot move forward with the event at this time,” said David Dunbar, public relations and communications officer for Banff National Park.
Presently, the next management plan for Banff National Park is in development. The last one was in 2010.
This year’s planning forum was intended to provide a chance for the public to provide feedback on the draft management plan.
Dunbar said Parks Canada will keep the public informed as the agency looks into the possibility of rescheduling this event.
However, for now, he said there is no set timeframe to determine if the 2020 planning forum will be rescheduled.
“In lieu of the planning forum gathering, Parks Canada will keep the public updated on opportunities to review the draft management plan and provide feedback to our team,” said Dunbar.
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