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It worked for Castle parks, it can work for Bighorn

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In three short years since the announcement of the new Castle and Castle Wildland provincial parks, we have learned a lot. These parks are now supporting great opportunities for camping, recreation and increased local economic benefits. Looking back on the contentious start of the Castle parks and seeing the parallel to similar uninformed fear-mongering going on around the Bighorn Country proposal – it is time to put a more positive focus on what is happening locally because of the Castle parks.

Today in the Castle, hikers and equestrians still access their favourite trails and rustic backcountry campsites, hunters and anglers have access, ranchers still graze their cattle, and family campers and recreationists seeking peace and natural beauty are coming to stay in greater numbers than ever before. Careful management of recreation, tourism and visitor use in the Castle means that the backcountry and key........

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