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LETTER: Protect the place you love

Editor: “Our most valuable assets are the land we live on, the air we breathe, the water we drink. These are irreplaceable natural ecosystems.

Editor: 

“Our most valuable assets are the land we live on, the air we breathe, the water we drink. These are irreplaceable natural ecosystems. They are the lifeblood of our region, supporting vast, interconnected ecosystems that are increasingly fragmented, or lost entirely to development and human activity.

“Native prairie grassland and parkland are among the fastest disappearing wildlife habitats on the planet, and the rate of habitat loss is at an all-time high. This deprives wildlife of the essentials for survival and takes away the opportunity for people to enjoy all the natural beauty our province has to offer.”

These quotes are directly from the Glenbow Ranch – Steward an Acre website.

As much as we applaud the efforts of the Canmore Engage group and the professional articulated presentations by all the presenters, we strongly believe we cannot leave the decision to develop the TSMV lands to six councillors and the mayor.

Recently, Jeanette and I purchased an acre in the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park just east of Cochrane in an effort to help care for and protect these valuable lands. This has us thinking.

We can save these lands. We could purchase the whole TSMV property and have it designated as an Environmental Conservation Trust – maybe like Ducks Unlimited. Can you imagine our Three Sisters’ land with more parks, picnic areas, the possibility of another lake or two? I would suggest “day use” only.

We have seen efforts over our 35 years here in the Bow Valley where individuals have stepped up such as the Banff Centre or Shaw Amphitheatre and made contributions. 

We need to engage as a community and find the philanthropic people – large and small, that believe in our dreams to preserve these lands.

I know it can be done.

Bob Aishford,

Canmore