Individual parks are established to achieve one or a combination of environmental, social and economic benefits.
The park system is structured to reflect the province's environmental diversity so that people for generations will be able to see, learn about and enjoy Alberta in its natural state.
Systems planning offers a practical way of looking at the entire parks network in a wider context.
A key tool in systems planning is gap analysis. We conduct a province-wide gap analysis to:
Conservation gap analysis is based on a scientific framework that uses a coarse filter/fine filter approach. Recreation gaps are identified based on:
Current and future parks are evaluated and measured against both objectives - conservation and recreation. All parks, regardless of classification, support some level or intensity of compatible recreation opportunities. Not all parks, however, contribute to park conservation targets.
One of four priority actions identified in Alberta's Plan for Parks is to:
Through Alberta's Land-use Framework process, new lands are currently being identified to fill gaps in the system. This will be done in each of the seven main river basin planning regions in the province.
New conservation and recreation areas will also be considered in the future through a provincial park nomination process as identified in the Plan for Parks.